Thank You to Lady Carew for her Years of Service to the Irish Pony Club

Lady Carew announced her retirement as President of the Irish Pony Club at her last board meeting in October at the Maldron Hotel, Newlands Cross, Co. Dublin.

Elaine Lait, Irish Pony Club Board of Directors Chairman presented Lady Carew with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her loyalty and contribution to the organisation.  Elaine expressed her sincere thanks to Lady Carew for her valuable input and longstanding service.

Lady Carew spent her early life in Britain, where in 1932, her father, Lt. Co. The Hon. Guy Cubitt, became the first District Commissioner of the Crawley and Horsham Branch of The Pony Club.  He went on to serve as chairman of The Pony Club for 25 years and was the organisations president from 1970 to 1979.  

Lady Carew moved to Ireland following her marriage in 1964, to dual Irish Olympic event rider Patrick Connolly-Carew, settling in Co. Kildare.  She was an excellent judge of both show jumping and dressage classes and rode many winners herself in hack and hunter classes at the Dublin Horse Show. 

The Connolly-Carew children, Virginia, Nicola, Camilla and William were all involved in pony club activities, with Virginia, now a successful breeder of National Hunt racehorses, also competing in eventing at two Olympic Games.  

Lady Carew became Chairman of the Irish Pony Club in 1992, a position that her mother-in-law, Lady Sylvia Carew once held.   Following her term of office, Lady Carew became more involved in officiating at FEI competitions throughout the world.  She became a member of the FEI Ground Jury for Eventing and was President of the Ground Jury on several occasions. 

She introduced The Carew Awards in 1993 in memory of her late mother-in-law Lady Sylvia Carew to recognise the exceptional devoted service of pony club volunteers throughout the country.  Since its inception, these awards have acknowledged the service of more than one hundred excellent volunteers and supporters of the Irish Pony Club.  This special award will continue to be awarded into the future.

Lady Carew continues to lend her assistance to the Irish Pony Club, supporting many IPC events and this year judging at the IPC Festival Championships in Barnadown.  Thank you Lady Carew, for all of your encouragement, support and enthusiasm throughout the years.  We wish you all the best and hope that we will continue to meet you during the year supporting your grandchildren on their pony club journey. 

 presentation to lady celia carew on her retirement as president of the irish pony club

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