Australia

Australia: Performance News 2009

DOWN UNDER PERFORMANCE NEWS

With the tragic bush fires in Southern Australia, the devastating cyclones in the north of Queensland and the interminable drought that covers almost all of the lower half of the country, some Connemara owners and breeders do have a reason to smile, even if only briefly.

Glenormiston Tipper O'Toole

Glenormiston Tipper O’Toole

Sue Clarke, Glenormiston stud, Queensland would have a broad grin at the moment. Castle Baron (Abbeyleix Owen – Castle Dame) whilst involved with his stud duties has had time to go showing and recently brought home the champion and supreme champion ribbons. His son, Glenormiston Tipper O’Toole (owned by Sue Clarke and ridden by Lyndie Easton) gave Baron a shake and was awarded the reserve champion ribbon. Later in the day he took out the champion ridden ribbon; reserve champion ridden stallion of the show, and then to show his family class he was awarded the champion dressage horse of the show.

In all Tipper O’Toole has had three wins and twelve placings in official dressage competitions during 2008, including a 4th place at the 2008 Queensland state dressage championships. Tipper was also undefeated in agricultural shows in Connemara saddle classes and only beaten once in hand and then by his sire Castle Baron. In 2009 Tipper has continued demonstrating the excellent qualities of the Connemara pony by taking out the reserve champion Connemara stallion class, champion ridden Connemara pony and champion dressage pony against all breeds at the Queensland APSB show.

Castle Baron, still a young stallion, is certainly proving through his own efforts and those of his progeny, that the well known “Village” ponies are a forced to be reckoned with regardless of their location.

Other ponies from Glenormiston Stud stallions or Glenormiston bred ponies are also noticeable in the performance fields. Capparis High Roller (Domo Cavallo Praize – Glengarry Patsy Malone – Abbeyleix Finnbar) has an excellent dressage record. 2007 official dressage pony of the year, 2008 state pony club elementary champion and 2008 reserve champion official elementary pony of the year.

Noweddie Nicholas (Glenormiston O’Neill Clanaboy – Rainey Island Joy) was awarded the 2008 national pony preliminary dressage championship ribbon and the 2008 national pony novice dressage reserve championship ribbon.

Capparis High Roller

Capparis High Roller

Riverdell Park Capella (Glenormiston Slipper – Colmaur Colleen) has excelled being awarded the 2008 PC zone showjumping and equitation championships – 1st in both 17 -26 yrs equitation rounds, champion 17 -26 yrs equitation, 1st in all three classes of pony and galloway showjumping, champion pony and galloway showjumping. Capella was also awarded 4 state pony club medals from 4 appearances in showjumping and combined training.

The mare Glenormiston Aedin (Abbeyleix Finbar – Glenormiston Abbey Lara) owned and ridden by Lyndie Easton competed in 2008 in official dressage competition for 2 wins and 11 placings including a 7th at the 2008 Queensland state dressage championships.

Domo Cavallo Praize, mentioned above as the sire of Capparis High Roller, was an excellent show jumper and eventing pony and competed in the open fields in both disciplines. He was rarely beaten in eventing despite standing just 14.2hh. His versatility was shown as he was also a champion and reserve champion harness pony. Praize has a pure bred gelding son Glenormiston Patrick (dam – Washlands Rebecca) who was also a successful A& B Grade show jumper. Patrick eventually went to a younger rider who took him through pony club, inter school competition etc. At 19 yrs, Patrick can still be found competing in these events.

Abbeyleix Finbar, another of the Glenormiston stallions, was a fabulous jumper and competed in eventing and showjumping. Oxenholm Gideon, the third leg of the Glenormiston fabulous performance stallion trio competed successfully in all jumping disciplines and excelled in speed events. Praize, Finbar and Gidgeon have now all gone to greener pastures but their combined performance qualities as can be found in the Glenormiston mare contingent will be seen for many generations yet to come. Add to this, the now emerging performance qualities of Castle Baron and the Village line, Glenormiston ponies have a very bright future.

The Word Has Got Around

With apologies to Banjo Patterson and The man from Snowy River!

The past decade has seen the Connemara Pony being used to a greater degree as a performance pony in Australia with both the Pure bred and Part breds competing in various pony and open disciplines. Not only are these ponies performing well but in many cases they are out classing many of their opponents of all breeds. Below are just a few of these ponies that are competing throughout Australia with great credit to the breed and their owners and riders.

STRICKLAND PARK JO’S REBEL – Greenhills Rebel – Ballantrae Jaffa This Stallion Pony has competed whilst performing Stud Duties for a number of years. “Rebel” has competed in Ridden, Dressage, Hunter, Combined and Show jumping.

He has taken the Ridden Connemara class at the Melbourne Royal from 2003 – 2007. He won the 2005 – 2007 Ridden Mountain and Moorland class at the Melbourne Royal.
In 2005 he won the prodigious Barastoc Ridden Saddle Stallion class and went on in 2007 to take out the Barostoc Ridden Show Hunter Mountain and Moorland section.

He had dominated the APSB (Australian Pony Stud Book) shows with best performed Mountain and Moorland and Best Show Hunter classes winning each event from 2004 – 2007.
“Rebel” received a bad leg injury in 2007 and has not competed since that date. He has a son “Strickland Park Duke” who is now showing the same qualities as his Sire in both dressage and Show Jumping. “Rebel” is based in Victoria.

CAPPARIS HIGH ROLLER , a pure bred gelding (Domo Cavallo Praize – Glengarry Patsy Malone (Abbeyley Finbar) is performing extremely well in Dressage and was the 2007 Official Dressage pony of the year. In 2008 he was awarded the State Pony Club Elementary Championship and also reserve Champion Official Elementary Pony of the year. “Roller” is owned and ridden in Queensland.

NOWEDDIE NICHOLAS – ( GI Clanaboy O’Neill –Rainey Island Jo) is another Connemara pony that is performing well in the Dressage field. In 2008 he was awarded the National Pony Preliminary Dressage Champion and the National Pony Novice Dressage reserve Champion ship ribbons.

RIVERDELL PARK CAPELLA – (Glenormiston Slipper – Colaur Colleen) has been performing extremely well at Pony Club events. In 2008 the mare was awarded the PC Zone Showjump and Equitiation Championships – 1st in both 17 – 26 yrs Equitation rounds, Champion 17 – 26 yrs Equitation, 1st in all thee classes of Pony and Galloway Showjumping, Champion Pony and Galloway Showjumping. Together with the above, the mare was awarded 4 State Pony Club medals from 4 appearances in Show jumping and combined training. Not bad for just one years activities! But of course, she is a Connemara so what else would you expect!

Both Nicholas and Capella are Queensland based.

Finally – the classic performance!

GLENORMISTON CONNAUGHT – (Domo Cavallo Praize – Glenormiston Fionnuala) a 6 year old gelding recently arrived in South Australia and is resident at the Dawkins Stud and being ridden by Alice Dawkins.

On his arrival Connaught had very little training and had an adversity to the jumping game as Alice quickly found out. Connaught’s training went to back basics and in a short time he quickly indicated that he had considerable ability in the performance field.

His first appearance was at the All breeds Ridden Show in Gawler South Australia on 25th January 2009. This was Connaught’s first ever outing. The results speak for themselves:

First place ;
Led overheight Connemara

Ridden Overheight Connemara Best presented Horse and Handler Champion Ridden Connemara. Open Galloway 14 – 15hh
Pony Club Mount 14 – 15hh Champion Pony Club Mount.

Second Place:

Rider 12 – 16 yrs
Pony Club rider 12 – 16 yrs Ridden Pleasure hack Maiden Galloway 14 – 15hh Galloway 14.2 – 15hh.

At the Mt Crawford Dressage Club meeting 28/2/09

1st Junior class EFA test 1,1 with 66.6% Third Junior Class for EFA test 1.4

Strathalbyn Dressage 1/03/09

3rd Open class test EF 1.3 and 4th EFA test 1.1

At Black Hill Pony Club Eventing 15/3/09

7th PC grade 4 event.

At Reynella Horse Trials and competing with open company riders and horses, in a class of 25 competitors – placed 3rd dressage, clear Show jumping, and because of his experience, a quite cross Country where he finished without penalty Placed 9th overall.

The combination heads to Naracoorte 17th May for the Naracoorte One day event and then in June to Monarto, One day event. I for one will be interested in the results from these two Events.

Once again this indicates the ability of the Connemara pony to compete extremely well in the Performance arenas, and given the right training and with a competent rider, the combination can and usually does perform equally well as, and in fact better than, most other competitors. Which of course, we Connemara owners and breeders have know for a long time. As the heading states – the word has got around… !

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Australia: Monahan Harrison 2008

PONY PROFILE: MONAHAN HARRISON

Sire: Ben Dhui Diccon

Dam: Wychwood Lady Ann

Gaye & Tim Haworth purchased Harrison (or Harry as he is known as) in May 2003 from Christa Jone’s Monahan Stud. They were looking for that special pony for their daughter Kristy, and Harry being a newly broken in 3 year old, seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

Initially it took a while for the two to “click ” as Harry had a strong personality, but after a while the two found common ground and the rest is history.

One of the first outings for the two was the BRAG Pony Sports Day in 2004. Harry and Kristy came along for the experience, but ended the day by taking out the Ballantrae Cup for the Best Performed Connemara on the day. No mean feat, as he was up against some of the more experienced and well known ponies. Even then he showed his potential for show jumping, only being beaten by “that damned wave jump”.

Since then Harry and Kristy have gone to be a formidable combination in show jumping circles. They consistently place and win junior jumps at many of the local shows and are jumping clear rounds at EFA D grade level (easily clearing rounds at 1.1 mtrs.)

Harry does have a couple of pet hates, those being, dressage (boring!!!!), working cattle and becomes disgruntled when the odd occasion arises when a rug leg strap comes undone. Even though he “hates” dressage, he is still placing at PC grade 3, plus also in open company at prelim and novice levels, which is a pretty good effort for a horse that gets bored with it as easily as he does.

Some of Kristy and Harry’s achievements over the last 18 months have been:

2nd working hunter
Reserve champion working hunter
1st working hunter
Two 2nd placings
2nd C Grade Championships Barastoc Inter School Show jumping Championships
4 out of 5 rounds clear (team placed 5th) PCAV State Dressage & Show jumping Championships

St Arnaud Show
Donald Show
Colac Show
Wannon Zone PC Qualifying Day

Overall C grade Champion South West Victorian PC show jumping Championships (1st in championship round, 1st in power & speed, 2nd in top score)

Harry is not quite ready to tackle cross-country courses as yet but he is mellowing with age and it won’t be long before this talented combination are taking the eventing world by storm.

With his extravagant movement (courtesy of Diccon) and his long wavy mane and tail (Diccon and Lady Ann), Harry has that “look at me” appeal and at only 61/2 years of age he and Kristy have a big future in front of them. Especially when you think he is now jumping 1.3 mtrs at home. How high will he be able to go is the question?

Emu Creek Pony Club which Kristy and Harry attend is the largest club in the Wannon Zone. There are three other Connemaras at the club along with Harry, and they are Ballantrae Hoopla (featured in a previous article) Ballantrae Bracken and Celtic Fairy, all of whom are going extremely well for their owners, proving that South West Victoria is once again becoming a stronghold for these fantastic ponies.

Peter Browhar2