Ramsay to judge Ireland's finest

TOP HONOUR: Sheila Ramsay, feeding Connemara pony Pipit at Makarewa, has been selected as a judge for the annual Connemara Pony Show in Ireland.
TOP HONOUR: Sheila Ramsay, feeding Connemara pony Pipit at Makarewa, has been selected as a judge for the annual Connemara Pony Show in Ireland.

A Southland woman has been selected as a judge for the annual Connemara Pony Show in Ireland.

Southern Institute of Technology Diploma in Veterinary Nursing tutor Sheila Ramsay, the first New Zealander to be selected for Connemara, will judge one ring of the in-hand classes, where ponies are shown in-hand on a lead as opposed to being ridden.

More than 600 individual ponies in multiple rings are judged simultaneously at the event, organised by the Connemara Pony Breeder's Society in Clifden, County Galway.

"It is an honour to be invited, and as the first person from New Zealand to be asked to judge at the competition I am aware of the responsibility I carry on behalf of the Connemara Pony Society of New Zealand and the wider equine community in New Zealand."

She will also travel to Austria and Germany as part of her research into the Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD) using the "Connemara model", the genetic mapping that has determined the mutation that causes HWSD in the Connemara Pony.

The Southland Times