Amy Finn's photograph that caught the Teagasc photo competition judge's eye
One of the top winners in Teagasc’s ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ Photo Competition is from Kilkenny.
Amy Finn, from Ballyfoyle, took third place in the competition and won vouchers valued at €100.
Teagasc Equine Specialist Wendy Conlon praised Amy’s representation of the Connemara Pony among the trees which are a valuable resource that enhance farm aesthetics.
Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist appreciated the biodiversity portrayed in the winning photos, which demonstrate the importance of equine farms in maintaining biodiversity and the relevance of this in the promotion of the environmental credentials of the Irish equine industry.
Catherine said: “Native Irish hedges are networks for nature through equine farms, full of flora and fauna. Individual trees provide shade for horses and are of immense value to biodiversity, particularly native tree species and also old trees which host mosses, lichen, fungi and associated invertebrates.
“Many horses and ponies are delivering ecosystem services by maintaining species-rich grassland and upland habitats in good condition.
“The three native Irish equine breeds provide a rich reservoir of genetics and contribute to the preservation of Ireland’s genetic heritage.”
It was gratifying for the judges to experience the range of excellent images from participants.
First place was won by Roseann O’Neill from Kenmare, County Kerry.
Her winning image captures her ‘Class 1 Kerry Bog Pony mare taken through the window of an old cow house’.
Nicole Groyer from Naul, Co Dublin won second place, framing her horse while demonstrating the aesthetic and shelter values of hedgerows.
All the winning ‘Equine Farming and Biodiversity’ photographs can now be viewed at www.teagasc.ie/equinecomp.
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