THE proudest grandmother title at Charleville Show last Saturday was surely won by Maura Purcell whose exceptional eye for a youngster proved true again when she bought Tullowcussane Anna. The Connemara mare and Maura’s grandson Jonty had a dream start to their showring career when they won the show hunter championship before dashing off to a Scarteen Hunt Pony Club rally!

Jonty has been riding since he could walk, going to his first St Stephen’s Day meet with the Scarteen Hunt at just two and a half years old. A member of the Scarteen Hunt pony Club, the all-rounder Jonty is also on the Irish Minimus squad.