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Australia: South Australia March 2013

NEWSLETTER OF THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CONNEMARA ACTION GROUP

First Quarterly Edition
March 2013

Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter for 2013.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer months with their ponies.

This newsletter includes photos of a new arrival, news of several partbreds out and about and the results from the Tanunda Show Baroque classes.

Please also note the calendar of events for 2013.  We look forward to seeing you out and about!

Catherine McTaggart

kestral@activ8.net.au

STUD NEWS!

Clifden Stud has recently welcomed a new foal from Glenormiston Brigid (Castle Baron x Glenormiston Dinmerren Bay) by Fredericksminde Hazy Cavalier.  Gill advised that Brigid foaled Friday evening, 15 March at a very civilised hour just after 6.30pm.  A lovely rich bay to go grey, she has been named Clifden Hazy Dream.   Congratulations to Gill on the safe arrival of this lovely new addition.

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2013 SHOW DATES – with dedicated Connemara classes

  • 11th August 2013 – SA Welsh & Open Performance day
  • 31st August-1st September 2013 – Gawler Agricultural Society Show
  • 13th October 2013 – Kapunda and Light Breed Show
  • Date to be confirmed around November – Festival All Breeds – SA Arabs
  • 1st December 2013 – Northern Hack and Halter – SA Buckskin Assoc.
  • 7th March 2014 – Tanunda Agricultural Society Show

Please refer to the SA Endurance Riders calendar for rides starting from 10km.  I will be attending a number of rides this year if you wish to meet me there – http://www.saeraonline.com/ridecalendar.htm

Pony dressage competitions will also be held by Mt Crawford and Adelaide Hills Dressage Clubs and the South Australian Dressage Association – refer to websites for details.


Out and About
TJ – Partbred by Boonahburra Braveheart

TJ – Partbred by Boonahburra Braveheart

 

Pauline McClements, owner of purebred Connemara stallion Boonahburra Braveheart currently on lease to Wychwood, sent through this recent photograph of a part-bred son by Braveheart out of a Thoroughbred mare.

 

 

Achill Charisma – Partbred by Achill Fiddler

Achill Charisma – Partbred by Achill Fiddler

 

Jane McNicholl has sent through a photo of Achill Charisma by Achill Fiddler out of a Thoroughbred mare.  Jane is pleased that the new owners are absolutely thrilled with her ‘ teddy bear’ temperament and have big hopes for her future eventing career.

 

 

 

 

Wychwood Hilal (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Jahahn Izadorah

Wychwood Hilal (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Jahahn Izadorah

 

Part bred Connemara/Arabian Wychwood Hilal successfully completed her first 40km endurance training ride in April at Mt Crawford forest.  Hilal is now starting 6 months training for pony dressage, being a couple of centimetres below 14.2hh.  We look forward to seeing her out competing toward the end of the year.

 

 

St Patrick’s Day luncheon

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated at Tally Ho Lodge this year.  Michael, Trish and Rachele supplied a delicious lunch starting with pumpkin and carrot soup, followed by chicken and also beef balls, upmarket sandwiches and then delicious plum cake with cream, chocolate profiteroles, tea and coffee.  Everyone then took a walk to see a few of the ponies before coming back for another coffee, then home.  Those able to make the lunch included Gregg and Tania McKee, Rachele Taylor, Jane Bush, Chris Royal, Jane McNicholl, Lauren Bywaters, John Tenant and Gill Beaton.

 TANUNDA SHOW RESULTS – BAROQUE RING

(Andalusian, Friesian and Connemara) Saturday 9th March 2013

With thanks to Gill Beaton for providing the results.  Congratulations to all those that competed on the day.

Horse & Handler led exhibit 10 yrs & over 2nd Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
CONNEMARA CLASSES
Led Purebred Mare 4 yr & over ne 14.2hh 1st  Glenormiston Rosanna – Gill Beaton
2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
Led Purebred Stallion 4 yrs & over 1st  Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
CHAMPION LED CONNEMARA PONYRESERVE CHAMPION LED CONNEMARA PONY GLENORMISTON ROSANNAINNISFREE BEAUJOLAIS
Led Purebred Gelding any age/height & Overheight 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
SUPREME CHAMPION BAROQUE LED PURE BRED GLENORMISTON ROSANNA
Ridden Purebred Connemara Mare or Stallion 1st  Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott
Ridden Purebred Gelding or Overheight Purebred 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
Pleasure Connemara, Purebred, Partbred, Overheight 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Carole Benassy2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott
CHAMPION RIDDEN CONNEMARARESERVE CHAMPION RIDDEN CONNEMARA INNISFREE BEAUJOLAISINNISFREE SPARKLING SHIRAZ
Open Ridden Classes for Baroque Breed Ring Exhibits
Ridden Hunter Galloway 14hh & ne 15hh 1st Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
CHAMPION OPEN BAROQUE RIDDEN EXHIBIT INNISFREE BEAUJOLAIS
Ridden Working Hunter Galloway 14hh & ne 15hh 1st Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
CHAMPION WORKING HUNTER INNISFREE BEAUJOLAIS

 

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Gill Beaton with Glenormiston Rosanna

 


Australia: Part-bred Feldale Mouse eventing on CCI**

Adelaide International Horse Trails Connemaras Do it Again!

I have written before of the excellent performance of the Australian Connemara Part bred performance at the prestigious Adelaide international Horse trials. This event is only one of four held worldwide and the only one in the Southern hemisphere. The Course is set in the parklands that surround the City and it is both a demanding and yet extremely beautiful course!

“Exmoor Truffles” owned and bred by the Withers Family, a well-known Connemara family in South Australia and ridden by a daughter of the family, competed in 2009 and performed admirably in the CC1 2 star event. “Truffles” had clear Cross Country and Show jumping rounds and was in the top twenty at the end of the Dressage phase. This mare was from a pure Bred Connemara Mare from a well performed Thoroughbred Stallion.

In this year’s event yet another Part Bred Connemara competed and, as one would expect, performed with considerable dash to finish in 11th place overall.

The Connemara in question is “Feldale Mouse”. He is by the extremely well performed Glenormiston Stallion “Glenormiston Praize” from a thoroughbred mare. “Praize” was a top performing Pure Bred Stallion and went on to produce a myriad of top Pure Bred and Part bred performers.

“Feldale Mouse” is a grey gelding and stands 15.3hh. He is owned and ridden by a Queensland rider in Isabel English. The combination competed in the CCI 2 star section of 2011 Adelaide International Horse trials Event.

At the end of the Dressage phase, Isabel and “Feldale Mouse” had a score of 67.8 and were in 41 st place. His forte, as one would expect is the cross Country section and the combination finished this demanding International course with no cross Country penalties and clear on time. “Mouse” entered the Show Jumping phase in 23rd position. After a clear Show Jumping round and clear on time the combination completed the competition with a total score on 67.8 and in 11th Position.

It is sincerely hoped that this combination will continue to perform well throughout the Australian Eventing program and that we will hear more of the performance deeds of this combination. The previous AIHT performer, “Exmoor truffles” has not been heard of in the present season.

John Tennant Publicity officer

More about the Adelaide event: http://www.australian3de.com.au/ 

Adelaide International Horse Trials Connemaras Do It Again!

feldaleI have written before of the excellent performance of the Australian Connemara Part bred performance at the prestigious Adelaide international Horse trials. This event is only one of four held worldwide and the only one in the Southern hemisphere. The Course is set in the parklands that surround the City and it is both a demanding and yet extremely beautiful course!

“Exmoor Truffles” owned and bred by the Withers Family, a well-known Connemara family in South Australia and ridden by a daughter of the family, competed in 2009 and performed admirably in the CC1 2 star event. “Truffles” had clear Cross Country and Show jumping rounds and was in the top twenty at the end of the Dressage phase. This mare was from a pure Bred Connemara Mare from a well performed Thoroughbred Stallion.

In this year’s event yet another Part Bred Connemara competed and, as one would expect, performed with considerable dash to finish in 11th place overall.
The Connemara in question is “Feldale Mouse”. He is by the extremely well performed Glenormiston Stallion “Glenormiston Praize” from a thoroughbred mare. “Praize” was a top performing Pure Bred Stallion and went on to produce a myriad of top Pure Bred and Part bred performers.

“Feldale Mouse” is a grey gelding and stands 15.3hh. He is owned and ridden by a Queensland rider in Isabel English. The combination competed in the CCI 2 star section of 2011 Adelaide International Horse trials Event.

At the end of the Dressage phase, Isabel and “Feldale Mouse” had a score of 67.8 and were in 41 st place. His forte, as one would expect is the cross Country section and the combination finished this demanding International course with no cross Country penalties and clear on time. “Mouse” entered the Show Jumping phase in 23rd position. After a clear Show Jumping round and clear on time the combination completed the competition with a total score on 67.8 and in 11th Position.

It is sincerely hoped that this combination will continue to perform well throughout the Australian Eventing program and that we will hear more of the performance deeds of this combination. The previous AIHT performer, “Exmoor truffles” has not been heard of in the present season.

John Tennant Publicity officer

More about the Adelaide event: http://www.australian3de.com.au/ 

News Down Under, July 2011

Connemara People in Victoria had a real treat served to them recently when the extremely well know and highly talented Horseman Manola Mandez presented a demonstration of Classical training using Connemara Ponies. Manola’s training is extremely interesting as he combines work in-hand, with his deep understanding of Equine Chiropractic methods, to help the rider better communicate with the Horse/pony once under saddle.

ICCPS_down_under_july_2011_img_0Manola Mandez’s background is unique. He was one of six founders of the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain. In 1978 Manola was invited to come to Australia by Ray Williams of R.M. Williams, Stockmen and Horse outfitters, to be a Director and Head Riderat the El Caballo Blanco Equestrianne school in Perth, WA. He was later director of El Caballo Sydney.

Those in Australia who can remember will know of his star performer at these establishments was non other than a Connemara Stallion Kemill GHill Spinnaker, bred by the late Alan Longman of Western Australia. I had the pleasure of seeing Spinnaker and Manola perform once when in Adelaide and the manner in which this man was able to establish his routine with Spinnaker has never left my memory.

Manola now lives in Sunbury, Melbourne, Victoria as teaches overseas and throughout Australia. Breed and so the ability of our Connemara ponies to excel in all formats of Equestrian sport and in particular Dressage is something that Connemara owners and Riders all over the world should recognize and ensure that the Connemara is given a broad opportunity to show its latent talents.

The continuing development of the Performance Connemara and the results of the varied performances in a broad spectrum of events, including Dressage is there for the Doubting Thomases to see! And repeat!!!

ICCPS_down_under_july_2011_img_1Another item from the scrap book centres on the legendary part bred Connemara “Grasshopper” He started life as “Copper Coin” and competed for Ireland in the 1956 Olympic Games in Stockholm. He had a clear show jumping round but was eliminated for missing a flag. He was sold to Californian interests where his name was changed to “Grasshopper”. Ridden by Michael Page he had an excellent career with individual gold in both the 1959 Pan American games in Chicago, and the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The career continued to the Rome games in 1960 and the 1964 games in Tokyo where “Grasshopper” was on the silver medal team. This Part Bred Connemara is known as only one of five horses in the sport to have competed in six or more CCIOs.

In glancing through CPBSA action Groups newsletter it is very pleasing to see so many younger riders preparing their ponies and part breds for all aspects of performance competition down under. Dressage, Eventing, Trail, Harness. The Performance Register and its rewards is beginning to be seen with the numbers of new and younger riders preparing their ponies for all facets of Equine participation. Another interesting aspect is the number of Connemara owners and enthusiasts that are now travelling to Clifden to the Show and to tour Connemara. It appears that the Connemara Pony is travelling well “Down Under”.

John Tennant, ICCPS Publicity Officer.

Many thanks to Jean Dart, Victoria for information sent!

News from Australian summer 2011

Summer down under has NOT been the usual summer we normally have! What with the devastating floods in Queensland, flooding in New South Wales and Victoria and now as I write this article, to cap it all off we have this huge cyclone of category 5 intensity with winds reaching over 300kmp devastating towns for 200 kmp north and south along the Northern Queensland coastline.

Little wonder that Equine events have been put on the back burner in most of the eastern States and so very little news is to hand. One can say however, apart from several Connemara Pony members properties in Queensland being flooded, there has been no loss of Ponies and members housing, Stables etc have survived. Fencing has been a major problem but the enthusiastic input from volunteers have descended on damaged areas and, in the main, those with fencing problems have had repairs effected and ponies once again secure. It is too soon to even think about the devastation of the cyclone but one keeps hoping!

Despite all the down turns, some encouraging and exciting news has come to hand. I have written in the past of Monahan Harrison (Ben Dhui Diccon – Wychwood Lady Ann), and his rider Carissa BAILEY. A review just to hand of Monahan Harrison’s performance in 2010 -2011 vindicates my last comments that this Pony must be considered the top performance Pony in Australia. IN 2010 and in the short period of 2011, the combination has competed at many local, district and State Show Jumping and Eventing competitions with the following outstanding results.

australian_summer_2011_img_0SHOWJUMPING:
90 cms – 5 Firsts that included 3 Championship ribbons 95 cms – 3 Firsts 1 Championship
100 cms – 4 Firsts 1 Championship
105 cms – 1 First.
108 cms – 3 Firsts 3 Championships

SIX BAR COMPETITION:
120 cm – 2 Firsts
125 cm – 1 First
These events included “D”, “C” grade Show Jumping, AM5, AM7 classifications.

EVENTING:
In 2010, “Harrison” competed in four, Grade 2 – 90cm events as well as show Jumping. H e achieved a 1st, 2nd and two 4th places.

A truly outstanding Connemara Pony that is showing the flag down under.

NEW PONIES ON THE BLOCK

Three new Connemara Ponies competed in the Eastern States are: Sugargum Sensation, Sugargum Vivinne and Sugargum Sirocco. These ponies are owned by a newly appointed Committee person in Janine Leslie. They are all by the Connemara Stallion Boonahburra McGee. Sirocco is Pure bred and from the mare Glenormiston Lisdoornvarna; Vivinne from the mare Bureyer Victoria and Sensation from the Anglo Arab Bakidoll. The ponies appeared for their very first outing at the Victorian Stud pony Show recently. They had never been away from the property; had never seen arenas, crowds and massed ponies. It was all a very new experience! In true Connemara style they knuckled down to the job and between them won 9 first ribbons in led and ridden classes and this included a best M&M exhibit. I am sure we will hear more of these ponies in the future.

Celtic Santolina (Springfield Devereux – Celtic Thyme), was found by the Mathews Family after a friend advised that this mare was for sale. A visit to the mare saw her change hands and her new owner/rider quickly clicked. Their first event was at Lieghdale Connemara Sports Day where the combination competed in Showjumping and Dressage, taking home twelve 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed ribbons. They were well and truly away!

australian_summer_2011_img_1In 2010 the combination competed at the Barwon Valley ODE with a 4th place. Then to Smythdale ODE where they competed successfully but out of the ribbons. At the APSB Action day the combination qualified for the Native Challenge where Santolina earned a 7th in Dressage and 3rd in Pony Club event. Throughout 2010 this combination competed at numerous ODEs, Agricultural Shows and Interschool competitions earning numerous placings that included Champion and Reserve Champion led and Ridden classes.

At the prestigious Melbourne Summer Royal Show event, Santolina was placed 2nd in the Working Hunter class, 2nd Best Presented Connemara, 2nd Led Connemara and 2nd Ridden Connemara. In 2010 Sarah and Santolina has been placed in the top 10 in all grade 4 Pony Club ODEs in which she has competed.

This Connemara combination will, I am sure, continue to perform strongly in numerous Pony Club and Open events and Santolina and her rider will appear regularly in results as they come to hand.

John Tennant, Publicity Officer ICCPS

Australian Report, Nov. 2010

AUSTRALIAN CONNEMARA PONY 2010

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Consistent drought conditions through almost all States of Australia in the past few years have resulted in a considerable fall in Equestrian events and horse participation. Spring 2009 and Summer 2010 really hit hard but those Connemara ponies out competing showed their true talents and adaptability with quality results in a number of disciplines throughout Australia.

The Victorian Gelding “Monahan Harrison” (Ben Dhui Diccon – Wychwood Lady) has displayed tremendous Jumping ability and won two State Show Jumping Championships and competed successfully in Junior 95cm and Junior 6 Bar competition. He has competed in Pony Club State Dressage with 2nd place overall in C Grade dressage and placed fourth in Teams competition. 2010 saw him competing in Pony Club Eventing and this discipline was yet another field in which he has excelled.

Another Connemara pony came to light at an ‘all breeds country horse sale’. Ballantrae Turkish Delight (Toorigal Danny Boy – Ballantrae Treacle) was bought as “breed unknown’ and discovered to be a pure bred Connemara. He has gone ahead in leaps and bound with his new owner with wins and champion ribbons at “in hand” classes and wins and placings in Show Jumping. His diversity has also seen him with wins and placings in Dressage at levels 3 – 4 and 5. The real achievement for this “find” pony was being awarded the Barostoc Champion led and ridden Gelding classes in Victoria for 2010.

Newlands Cascade (Newlands Gideon – Boonahburra Red Robin) gave an impressive performance at the Melbourne Royal wining the best Led, Supreme Mountain and Moorland and placed in the “All Breeds” championship. Another Victorian Connemara Boonahburrah Faintail (Celtic Micael McGee – Boonahburra Red Robin) qualified for the “DESSAGE WITH THE STARS” program at just her 2nd Dressage competition.

“Binnowie Mandolin” (Glenormiston Fintan – Binnowie Eileen) is yet another Connemara showing true performance traits. Purchased as a 12 yr old with little or no training, in just 12 months, he has competed successfully in Pony Club Dressage, consistently scoring in preliminary and a 5th place in State Championships and 1st or top 3rd placings in level 2 and State Championships. His talents are not limited to Dressage as he has been placed at EFA Junior Pre Introductory One day Eventing and 80 & 90 cm Pony Club Inter School Show jumping.

Other prominent Connemaras performing during 2010 have been “Glenormiston
Finnigan” (Glenormiston Finbar – Glenormiston Elebration). He has competed very successfully at Pony club, Show Jumping, Hunter Trials, One day eventing and competitive Trail Rides. “Glenormiston Dunmurry” (Castle Baron – Glenormiston Rosmara) is waving the connemara flag in Australia in the Dressage field with nine 1st placings in numerous Dressage competitions including National Interschool Championships.

The part bred gelding ‘Exmoor Truffles” ( Thoroughbred sire Cosine – Exmoor Sugar Gum) has been performing brilliantly in the Eventing field. In late spring 2009, he competed in the Adelaide International Horse trials CCI 2 star event. This was a big, imposing course for the 15hh “Truffles” yet in true Connemara style he competed all phases successfully finishing in mid field. Prior to this event he had won and was placed in numerous Horse trials in Victoria and South Australia.

“CONNEMARA PONY SHOW CASE” a new Connemara pony show event that is developing into one of the major Connemara pony shows in Australia, held its second “Show Case” at the Werribee Equestrian Centre, Victoria in July 2010.

The event had a two day program. Saturday was “Show and tell” with National judges giving new, young and experienced riders and handlers excellent instructions and demonstrations in all facets of in hand, ridden working Hunter, Showjumping and Six Bar work. Many of the top Connemara performance Ponies competed on Sunday – Performance day” with “In Hand”, working Hunter, beginners and open Show jumping, Six Bar events and Dressage.

“Ballintapper Galahad” was awarded the supreme Connemara Performance Pony award, for ponies under 14.2hh. “Celtic Fairy tale” was awarded Supreme Part Bred Connemara Performance pony, with the highest scoring jumping Connemara Pony award going to the most consistent Connemara pony showjumping in Australia “Monahan Harrison”.

Pony Dressage is a growing event “Down Under” and the Connemara pony is again showing its multiple talents in this field. “Boonahburra Fantail” is performing well as is the 13.2hh “Smak the Pony” a striking Dun part bred Pony is excelling in Free style, and has taken out numerous Pony Dressage events in 2010.

2009 – 2010 has seen a strong emergence of Performance Connemara ponies in Australia and the oft stated comment “Jump on a Connemara and really go places” is being well and truly being proven.

J. Tennant,
Publicity officer ICCPS

Iccps newsletter Nov 2010