Ireland

Vale Pat Lyne

Pat Lyne Remembered

The Connemara pony and its kinsfolk have lost a true friend with the sad news that Pat Lyne has passed away, aged 91 years. Although living in the United Kingdom, Pat had a very close association with the people of Connemara and their ponies for over forty years, and her immeasurable amount of knowledge gleaned was demonstrated in the many books she wrote rolling back the mists of time and place, taking readers down many a boreen to meet famous ponies and breeders, discuss diverse pedigree lines and share recollections unearthed from her diaries, notebooks, photographs and memories. Imparting her great wealth of knowledge through her writings on the pony and with a keen eye for the wider view, often providing a narrative for the social history of Connemara, Pat introduced many to the fascination of this remote and stunningly beautiful region and imparted her lifelong passion for this most remarkable of ponies.

Pat’s love for the Connemara pony was second to none. Her breeding prefix Chiltern provided her with many a proud moment in the showing field, Chiltern Thunderburst being particularly close to her heart. After an initial uphill struggle on export to Germany as a yearling colt in 1990 and being a late developer,  he achieved Stallion Champion at the Northern German Connemara Show in 1995 under Irish judges, and went on to prove himself across country, showjumping and in ‘character handling’.  C. Thunderburst was a son of Thunderbolt, a former Clifden winner and of Mountain Lad breeding, who caught Pat’s imagination when he was rescued from the jaws of a meat factory, aged 21, and brought to England to hold court for the last eleven years of his life. Chiltern Cameo, one of Pat’s favourite mares, was Thunderburst’s dam. Recognised as a respected international judge, Pat travelled extensively overseas visiting no less than eight of the countries with affiliated daughter CPBS societies.

We owe a great debt to Pat, who together with local business man John Sweeney, set up the Station House Museum in the old engine house of the former Clifden Station. The museum, now part of the Station House complex, lays emphasis on local historical connections with pioneering feats of the past century and on the history of the Connemara pony, complete with many pieces of beloved memorabilia and her books, which by their unique narrative gave the pony a special place in many a heart worldwide. Pat’s eternal interest in the museum, manning it whenever she visited Clifden, made it a sure port of call for all visitors who were interested in the Connemara pony, where they would be guaranteed a warm welcome and a story or two.

Thank you Pat, you have lived a very full and passionate life, and left a legacy for which all lovers of the Connemara pony are truly appreciative. May you rest in peace, gazing upon sweet meadows, the sound of surf in the distance and with a gentle nuzzle from your beloved Arctic Moon.

CPBS December 2013 Newsletter

 Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society

Christmas Newsletter 2013

New Christmas Show: On December 12th 1923 the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society was formed. December 2013 marks the ninetieth anniversary of the CPBS. To celebrate this milestone the Society is organising a ‘Celebration of the Connemara Pony’ in Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Saturday 14th December. Starting at 10am, there will be a colt foal and a filly foal class. The winner of the colt foal class will receive the Irish Dragoon Galway Irish Crystal trophy and the winner of the filly foal class will win the Eileen Alanna Galway Irish Crystal trophy. Foals must be weaned.

Well known performance pony producers Clare Oakes and Denise Norton will deliver a clinic on conformation, giving a detailed assessment of four geldings both from an in-hand and performance point of view. Dressage rider Mary Mitchell will give a display with musical accompaniment on her homebred Western May.

A new book published by the CPBS will be launched by Séan Kyne, TD, entitled “The Connemara Pony – Celebrating 90 Years”. It is a photographic tribute to the Connemara Pony, containing over 160 photos and priced at €20 it will make an ideal Christmas present for any equine lover.

The CPBS acknowledges that the success of the Connemara pony would not be possible without the loyalty of it’s breeders and members. The two longest serving members of the CPBS and the three families who have owned the same pony family for the longest period of time will each be presented with a certificate of loyalty.

Part of Christmas is about having fun and the CPBS is encouraging riders to have fun with their Connemara ponies. A team obstacle race will be held and a fancy dress class will be held for adults and children. Everyone is welcome to attend and partake in Celebrating the Connemara Pony. Admission is free. There will be a pig on a spit and mulled wine for everyone and a special guest in a red suit will be there on the day. We hear the reindeer are busy getting ready for their big trip so he may have to arrive on his Connemara pony.

For more information please visit www.cpbs.ie .

New Council Members: Four seats were filled on the CPBS Council at our recent AGM. Jane Andrews, Michael Laffey, and John Riordan were re-elected to the Council, while Mossie Joyce was newly elected. At the first Council meeting following the AGM, Andy O’Donoghue was re-elected as President, Henry O’Toole and John Varley were elected as Vice-Presidents, Dermot Power as Treasurer and John Riordan as Honorary Secretary.

An Capaillín: Orders are now being taken for Volume XIII of An Capaillín. It is priced at €10 + €6.50 p+p and packed full of interesting news, results, articles and photos, it is sure to be an interesting read for any Connemara pony fan over Christmas. All Irish orders placed before Friday 20th December will be dispatched in time for Christmas. To order a copy please call 095 21863 or email enquiries@cpbs.ie .

Memberships: Members are reminded that their annual subscription for 2014 is now due. Payment can be accepted by cheque or credit / debit card. Please ensure your membership is paid before 31st January to be eligible to vote at the 2014 AGM.

New Book: The CPBS are launching a new book “The Connemara Pony – Celebrating 90 Years” on Saturday 14th December. It is a photographic tribute to the Connemara pony with some explanatory text and is the ideal Christmas present for any equine enthusiast. Orders are now being taken. It costs €20 + €6.50 p+p. If you wish to order this and An Capaillín the total postage cost for the two items will be €7.50.

VAT on CPBS Services: From January 1st 2014, 23% VAT will be charged on all foal registrations, transfers of ownerships and inspection fees. All studbooks have been notified by Revenue to charge VAT on services.

CPBS Awards: The CPBS will present a number of awards on Saturday 14th December at the Christmas Show. Elizabeth Petch and Stephanie Brooks will each receive a certificate of loyalty for being the two longest serving members of the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society. Mrs Petch became a member of the CPBS in 1960 and Mrs. Brooks became a member in 1964.

Families whom have had the same dam line for the longest period of time according to the studbook will also be honoured at the show and their dedication to the Connemara pony acknowledged.

The Griffin Family, Screebe, Rosmuc, Co. Galway and their well know pedigree line of windy ponies began in 1929 with the birth of Furnace Lass registered by Mr. Mairitin Griffin in the first volume of the studbook with mare number (366). This line continues today with Mairtin’s nephew Coleman and his 2012 filly Windy Snow Drift (Streamstown Mickey S1-2724 x Windy Dawn M1-17663).

The Keaney Family, Murvey, Roundstone, Co. Galway is synonymous with Connemara Ponies. Bred today under the Murvey prefix the line began in 1930 when Thomas Keaney registered his mare Silver Spray under the number (328) in the first studbook and continues to Murvey Michaela (M3-28594) born in 2012 (Glencarrig Patrick S1-6074 x Murvey Cara M12753) owned by Bernard Keaney. The tradition lives on with Thomas’ grandsons Thomas, Marty & Bernard and looks to continue with great grandson Jack.

The Sullivan Family, Lissoughter, Recess, Co. Galway registered Retreat (320) foaled in 1931. Registered by Michael Sullivan this began the chain that would continue through Thomas, Christy and today Gerry Sullivan with his mare Pride Lady (M1-20192) (Callowfeenish Buachaill 1002 x Christy’s Pride 11903.)

Documentary on Connemara Ponies: Capaillíní Chonamara’ is the title of a new documentary film on the Connemara Pony which will be screened on TG4 on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th at 7:45p.m. The film is produced by Donnacha O Briain of Union Films Ltd., Dublin and was shot in Connemara during the summer of 2012. The 52 minute film is packed with beautiful ponies, stunning scenery and interviews with breeders (also beautiful and stunning) and is sure to be enjoyed by a massive audience during the holiday period.

Spring Weekend: The 2014 Spring Festival Weekend will take place from Thursday 27th March to Sunday 30th March. The highlight of the weekend will be the annual stallion parade on Sunday 30th March. Colt inspections, educational clinics and lots more events will form the rest of the weekend. To stay up to date with events planned please visit www.cpbs.ie or find us on Facebook.

Connemara Pony Festival: The 2014 Connemara Pony Festival will run from Sunday 17th August to Sunday 24th August. The loose jumping and green hunter finals will take place on Wednesday 20th August, the in-hand and ridden classes will run on Thursday 21st August and the working hunter classes, the high performance classes and the Puissance competition will take place on Friday 22nd August. Details of all events will be available soon on www.cpbs.ie .

Maam Cross Sale: A catalogue sale of 170 registered Connemara ponies will be held in Maam Cross Mart on Sunday 8th December commencing at 11am. Please contact 091 552254 for more details.

Elite Sales Group: The Connemara Pony Elite Sales Group is a newly formed marketing body whose primary aim is to promote sales of Connemara Ponies. It is an independent organisation, working with the support of the CPBS. The Group will facilitate the assessment, display, presentation, and independent marketing of the Connemara Pony.

It is now planned by the CPESG to host a select sale of Ridden Connemara Ponies in Spring 2014, with selection days to be held in late February / early March. It is intended to follow this with an Elite Foal sale in August 2014. Details of these sales will be available from their Facebook page at: facebook.com/connemaraponyelitesalesgroup.

The Group consists of the following members:

Michael Flanagan (michaelflanagan88@yahoo.ie / 086 3680885)

Robbie Fallon (robbie@cashelbay.com / 087 2324627)

Philip McManus (gerrymmcmanus@eircom.net / 087 2749109)

Mary Uí Chadhain (maireuichadhain@gmail.com.ie / 087 9825045)

Brendan Coyne (brendancoyne505@gmail.com / 087 2346520)

Keith Murray (whitethornstud@gmail.com / 086 7840131)

Éamonn Mac Lochlainn (eamonn@ashbrookstud.ie)

Clifden Sales: A Connemara pony sale will be held in Clifden Mart on Saturday 22nd February. Entries are now being taken.

A special sale of performance ponies will take place on Saturday 29th March, this sale is open solely to Connemara Ponies who are 4 years old and over, all ponies must be broken & ridden.

Each pony will have to be vetted in advance of this sale, and entries will be limited to 120 lots only. This sale promises to be a first class event.

Viewing of all lots performing will take place on the morning of sale for 3 hours from 9am to 12pm. Sale will start at 12 noon.  Entry forms for this sale will be available from Monday 16th December 2013, the closing date for entries is Friday February 14th 2014.

For more details please contact Clifden Mart on 095 21861 or visit www.connemaraponysales.com .

Database: Work on our online database is almost complete and we hope to have it launched on www.cpbs.ie over the coming days. It will be automatically updated on a daily basis to ensure breeders have as up to date information as possible. We apologise for the delay in getting it up and running.

Christmas Office Hours: The CPBS Office will close on Friday 20th December and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January. Office opening hours are 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Member’s Feedback: The CPBS welcomes feedback from its members. If you have any suggestions or comments please email them to enquiries@cpbs.ie or send to CPBS, The Showgrounds, Clifden, Co. Galway. We also love to hear of any Connemara doing well at home or abroad so please keep us up to date.

The Council & Staff of the CPBS wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Roundstone All Ireland Champion of Champions Results 2009

A dream come true at Roundstone
McGrath family celebrate

The All Ireland Champion of Champions Connemara Pony show at Roundstone provided the McGrath family from Hazelrock House, Claregalway, with a memorable day as Kieran McGrath’s two-year-old colt Glencarrig Romeo (Bunowen Bobby-Fairyhill Helen) won the Junior championship and the Murty McGrath memorial cup given by the family to Roundstone in memory of their father.

The show was honoured by a visit from Deputy Enda Kenny T.D. Leader of Fine Gael who presented the cup. The reserve junior championship remained in Roundstone with Caillin Conneely’s Letterdyfe Rachel Rose (Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Letterdyfe Rose). Judged supreme champion foal was Monaghanstown Shannon (Linsfort Barney-Monaghanstown Sheeba) owned by Pat & Mary Rabbitt from Monaghanstown Stud, in Westmeath. Caoranbeg Champ owned by Peter O’Malley from Carraroe was reserve champion foal.

The good wine was kept till last, with a perfect end to a perfect day, when judges Jane Darragh wife of the late Paul Darragh and Michael Western from Grey Abbey, Belfast, awarded Glencarrig Romeo Supreme All Ireland Champion of champions ahead of Dooneen Alice (Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Jennifer Rose) owned and bred by Peter Molloy from Claddaghduff in reserve.

Chairman Paddy McDonagh and his committee deserve great credit for the overall presentation and attention to detail that surrounds this show. On Sunday the founders of 1923 would have been proud as Deputy Kenny in his opening speech complimented all the good work done over the years by so many breeders and their true dedication over the years towards the preservation of Irelands native Connemara Pony, perhaps few more so than Murty McGrath from Cregmore, on Sunday his sons did him proud.

Roundstone All Ireland Champion of Champions 13. Sept. 2009

Results

Yearling colt: 1. Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Hazy Rebel, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match- Jennifer Rose; 2. Sean Bourke’s Rathlacken Richard, by Seoigeach-Katie the Kid; 3. Kieran McGrath’s Hazelrock Horizon, by Bunowen Bobby-Smokey Jimmy

Yearling filly: 1. Caillin Conneely’s Letterdyfe Rachel Rose, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match- Letterdyfe Rose; 2. Martin Nee’s Doonreagha Chris, by Clooneille Cashel –Doonreagha Star; 3. Gerry King’s Ballafadda Lady, by Linsfort Barney-Cashel Bay Heather

Two year-old filly: 1. Damien Gorham’s Doonhill Queen, by Currachmore Cashel-Connemara Lady; 2. Sinead Lusby-McGrath’s Lucky Molly, by Smokey Idea-Lucky Mavourneen; 3. Cathy Stuffle’s Aoifes Pride, by Glendine Kestrel-Jasmine

Three year-old filly: 1. Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Stephanie Rose, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn- Jennifer Rose; 2. Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Heather, by Silver Shadow-Illaunurra Mist; 3. Gearoid Curran’s Glencarrig Rose, by Coosheen Storm Boy-April Rose

Two &Three year-old colts: 1. Kieran McGrath’s Glencarrig Romeo, by Bunowen Bobby- Fairyhill Helen; 2, Sean Conneely’s John’s Pride, by Rathcoona Cove-Ros Eo; 3, Bartley Conroy’s Callowfeenish Grey, by Monaghanstown Pat-Callowfeenish Mist

Junior champion: Glencarrig Romeo Reserve: Letterdyfe Rachel Rose

Filly foal: 1. Pat & Mary Rabbitt’s Monaghanstown Shannon, by Linsfort Barney- Monaghanstown Sheeba; 2. Sean Cooney’s Loughmore Katy, by Kingstown Boy-Corrib Misty; 3. Cathal Mullen’s Gurteen Independent, by Linsfort Barney-Independent.

Colt foal: 1. Peter O’Malley’s Caoranbeg Champ, by Moorland Snowy River-Ballowstown Bibi; 2. Myles Feeney’s by Fernville Danny-Tullykyne Princess; 3. Martin Nee’s Doonreagh Marty, by Coolillaun Cushlawn-Doonreagh Star

Champion foal: Monaghanstown Shannon Reserve: Caoranbeg Champ

Stallions: 1. Eamon Burke’s Clooneile Cashel, by Cloonisle Cashel-Tolka Bridge; 2. Robbie & Barbara Fallon’s Cashelbay Cruise, by I Love you Melody-Coosheen Pheasant; 3. Sid Whorley’s Ballinavilla Prince, by Mervyn Pookhaun-Doon Fairy

Four to six year-old mare with or without foal: 1, Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Alice, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Jennifer Rose; 2. P.J.Burke’s Glencarrig Maud, by Castlestrange Fionn-Coosheen Breeze; 3. Roger & Laura Brady’s Vinnura Lola, by Drymills Bridgeboy- Cloonboy Lady

Seven to twelve year-old mare with or without foal: 1. Noel Brett’s Foreglos Lass, by Wings of Victory-Foreglos Matchmaker; 2. Bernard Keaney’s Murvey Cara, by Boden Park Finnard- Cashel Cherry; 3. Michael Naughton’s Glencarrig Roisin, by Castlestrange Fionn-April Rose

Mare thirteen year-old and over with or without foal: 1. Frances & Deirdre O’Reilly’s Glenmore Kelly’s Owen, by Abbeyleix Owen-Gentian Gold; 2. Jane Andrew’s Coral Mistys Jane, by Cloonisle Cashel-Coral Misty; 3. Grace Maxwell Murphy’s Lakeside Lady, by Abbeyleix Dolphin-Kits Bay

Gelding class: 1. Grace Maxwell Murphy’s Smokey Biscuit, by Glencarrig Prince-Smokey Star (one entry)

Bay Mare class: 1. Seamus Keady’s Gleann Rua Godiva, by Westside Mirah-Moonlight; 2. Patrick Conneely’s Moyvoon Breeze, by Streamstown Larry-Moyvoon Lady 3. Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Mist, by Corncullen Silver Belle-Village Mist

All Ireland Supreme Champion of Champions: Glencarrig Romeo Reserve: Dooneen Alice

Roundstone Show Chairman Paddy McDonagh with Deputy Enda Kenny.T.D. Leader of Fine Gael, who opened the All Ireland Champion of Champions Connemara Pony show

Roundstone Show Chairman Paddy McDonagh with Deputy Enda Kenny.T.D. Leader of Fine Gael, who opened the All Ireland Champion of Champions Connemara Pony show

Ruth Rogers 14/9/09

Midlands Connemara Show Results 2009

Midlands Connemara Pony Show Results
26/7/09

Yearling colt-1, Val Noone’s Beech King, by Monaghanstown Boy-Beech Girl; 2, Kieran McGrath’s Hazlerock Horizon, by Bunowen Bobby- Smokey Jimmy; 3, Laura McWeeney’s Stanley Lad, by Oisin-Ballybaun Blossom.

Yearling filly-1, Laura McWeeney’s Addrigoole Annabel, by Castleside Carrig- Addrigoole Heather; 2,Mairtin Nee’s Doonreghan Chris, by Cloon – Eile Cashel- Doonreghan Star; 3,Tom Clancy’s Ohill Silver Molly, by I Love You Melody- Beaghbeg Silver.

Two to three-year- old colt-1, Ciaran Curran’s Glencarrig Patrick, by Glencarrig Prince-Festy Lady; 2, Anne Conroy Conneely’s Errismore Rocky, by Currachmore Cashel-Gold Label; 3,James Naan’s Galloon Ceol, by Murphy’s Oscar-Newtown Golden Rose.

Two year old filly-1, Damien Gorham’s Doonhill Queen, by Currachmore Cashel- Connemara Lady; 2, Henry O’Toole’s Castle Jessie, by Janus-Village Girl; 3, F. & D. O’Reilly’s Glenmore Kelly’s Commotion, by True Commotion-Glenmore Kelly’s Owen.

Two year-old filly-Ballinasloe Qualifier-Eddie Duffy’s Beech Cailin, by Monaghanstown Boy-Beech Girl.

Three year old filly-1, Kevin Jacob’s Ardnore Silver Lady, by Glencarrig Lexus- Ardnore Seabird; 2,Mairtin Nee’s Doonreghan Rose, by Currachmore Cashel- Doonreghan Star; 3,Mick McMenamon’s Newgrange Beauty, by Wings of Justice- Tara.

Junior champion: Glencarrig Patrick; Reserve: Ardnor Silver Lady.

Open Stallions-1, Padraic & Nicola Heanue’s Village Fionn, by Boden Park Finnard- Village Grey; 2,Joanne Grogan’s Mountain Cascade, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn- Mountain Lady; 3, Seamus Keady’s Skousboe Morning Rock, by Hazy Dawn- Frederiksminde Mellow.

Midlands All Ireland Broodmare Championship-1, Sinead McGrath’s Lucky Hazel, by Mac Owen-Lucky Anna; 2,Roger & Laura Brady’s Vinnura Lola, by Drymills Bridgeboy-Clonboy Lady; 3,James Leahy’s Moorland Lady Jane, by Boden Park Finnard-Star Bright.

Four to six year old mare with /without foal at foot-1, Roger & Laura Brady’s Vinnura Lola, by Drymills Bridgeboy-Clonboy Lady; 2,Rosscon Cover Girl, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Rosscon Sun Mist; 3,P.J.Burke’s Glencarrig Maud, by Castlestrange Fionn-Coosheen Breeze.

Seven to ten year-old mare-1, Joan Dolan’s Kilpatrick Maple, by Monaghanstown Fred-Moorland Juliet; 2,Michael Holmes Robe Moonlight, by Thunderball-Gleann Rua Lady; 3,Martin Feeney’s Danesfield Heather, by Moy Hazy Cove-Danesfield Rose.

Eleven year-old and over Mare with/without foal-1, James Leahy’s Moorland Lady Jane, by Boden Park Finnard-Star Bright; 2,Grace Maxwell Murphy’s Lakeside Lady, by Abbeyleix Dolphin-Kits Bay; 3,Breda Horan’s Kilmeen Jane, by Cloonisle Cashel- Rhylin Saorise.

Thirteen two hands and under mare-1, Briget Snow’s Whitegate Joy, by Windy Day-Sheen Lass; 2,Nuala Prendergast’s Woodland Pebbles, by Rosenaharley Rowley- Maumore Abbey; 3,Eugene Doyle’s Misty Lady, by Little Rascal-Lady Charlotte.

Filly foal-1, Sean Cooney’s Loughmore Molly, by Kingstown Boy-Corrib Misty; 2,Pat & Mary Rabbitt’s by Linsfort Barney-Monaghanstown Sheeba; 3,Barry & Fiona Leek’s Sraghmore May Blossom, by Grange Kings Surf-Kennylodge Pride.

Colt foal-1, James Leahy’s by Moonlight Silver Shadow-Moorland Lady Jane; 2,Paddy McCormack’s by Monaghanstown Boy-Beech Girl; 3,Dermot Farrell’s by Monaghanstown Prince-Ervelough Ciara.

Champion foal: Loughmore Molly

Best Dun pony-1, Lady Maria Levinge’s Grange Aine Sparrow, by Monaghanstown Fionn-Grange Agnes Sparrow; 2,Eugene Doyle’s Finlea Lass, by Maam Hill- Sellernane Queen; 3,Rachel Farrell’s Clonkeen Bock, by Celtic Bobby Sparrow-Elton Cove.

Best Bay or Black pony-1, Patrick Conneely’s Moyvoon Breeze, by Streamstown Larry-Moyvoon Lady; 2,Alice Norton’s Robe Knight, by Robe Earl-Rose Donn Aluinn; 3,Mike Glynn’s Misty Star, by Coral Star-Waterfall Mist.

Best Handled pony-1, Maria Doonican’s My Cashel Eile, by Currachmore Cashel- Doe Primrose; 2, P.J.Burke’s Glencarrig Maud, by Castlestrange Fionn-Coosheen Breeze; 3, Kieran Guinness Dunlewey Snipe, by Ashfield Plover-Dunlewey Sinead.

Supreme Champion: Moorland Lady Jane Reserve: Village Fionn.

Ridden Classes.
Champion ridden pony: sponsored by Jim Derwin Bloodstock –1,Blackwood Fernando;(Alicia Devlin Byrne) Reserve: Cock Robin (Michelle Mallon)

Sarah Miller Future Performance Pony sponsored by the Miller family -1, Lucy Tottenham’s Cloragh April Jewel, byAshfield Hunters Jewel-Milford Ladybird (Joanna Tottenham) 2,Peadar Murphy’s Springfield Shadow, by Innellan Kestral- Meavis (Jack Bolger) 3,Amy Whittle’s Ashfield Jack Sparrow, by Wings of Victory- Dooneen May Lady (Hannah Whittle)

Four year and over Performance class-1, Lady Hemphill’s Tulira Katie Daly, by New Beginnings Tulira Mary Claire;(Elaine Creaven) 2,
Claire Devlin’s Blackwood Fernando, by Ferdia-Dancing Queen; Alicia Devlin Byrne) 3,Louise Andrew’s Carnalecka Earl, by Earl of Newbridge-Moygara Ashfield. (Jonathan Andrew)

Working Hunter four years and over (U.16) -1, Claire Devlin’s Blackwood Fernando (Alicia Devlin Byrne) 2, Louise Andrew’s Carnlecka Earl Jonathan Andrew) 3, Lady Hemphill’s Tulira Katie Daly (Elaine Creaven)

Working Hunter four years and over (O.16) 1-Pamela Lydon’s Acton Rolo, byHazy Lee-Field of Dreams (Orlath Lydon) 2,Olive Lynch’s Charleville Playboy, by Ashfield Festy-Garryhinch Queen (Kate Ryan) 3,Laura Corrigan’s Horse Haven Merrylegs, by Thunder Bay-Carravilla Star (Laura Corrigan)

Ruth Rogers P.R.O.

Ireland: Fabulous Derby Win For Ballyowen Maybelle Molly

FABULOUS DERBY WIN FOR BALLYOWEN MAYBELLE MOLLY

The seven year old Irish Connemara mare, Ballyowen Maybelle Molly, competed at the Complet International de Fontainebleau Show Jump Championships in France on 18th and 19th April 2009.

Molly competed in the final seven year old International Jumping Competition over a huge, highly technical course. Molly had the only treble clear round out of the entire field. Huge congratulations must go to her rider, Kelly Allen and owner Anthony McCormac. The results of the mare’s two days competition are:

CSIP Table A against the clock, International Jumping Competition for 7 year old, FEI Art. 238.2.1 1m15 Saturday 18th April:

  1. BALLYOWEN MAYBELLE MOLLY (ISH); Kelly Allen (IRL) Faults 0.00 – time 34.99
  2. LITTLE DARK WARRIOR (IRRP) ; Niamh Dooley (IRL) Faults 0.00 – time 57.67
  3. OMBRE DES FALAISES; Robin Muhr (FRA) Faults 0.00 – time 65.15
  4. IRISH NIGHT WATCHMAN; Brian Crowley (IRL) Faults 0.00 – time 72.83

CSIP Pony final seven year old, International Jumping Competition Table A with jump off. FEI Art.238.1.2 1m20 Sunday 19th April 2009:

  1. BALLYOWEN MAYBELLE MOLLY (ISH); Kelly Allen (IRL) Faults 0.00/0.00 – time 34.28
  2. IRISH NIGHT WATCHMAN; Brian Crowley (IRL) Faults 0.00/4.00 – time 34.93
  3. GARRYDNUG GOLD DIGGER (ISH); Madeline Roberts Allen (IRL) Faults 0.00/4.00 – time34.99

A terrific result for owner, rider and the Connemara pony in general.bally

BALLYOWEN MAYBELLE MOLLY

It was a joyous occasion for all her connections – owner Anthony Mac Cormack, rider Kelly Allen and breeders John and Jenny Richardson when Ballyowen Maybelle Molly won the seven year old derby at Fontainbleau on April 19th 2009. She had become, officially, the best seven year old in Europe. Her magnificent achievement was not a surprise to me because I know the family and have followed its fortunes for many years

It all started when Sean Mac Lochlainn bought a three year old filly by Tiger Gill out of a Tully Lad mare called Kiss me Kate. She was a dun roan and stood at 13 hh. Sean entered her in Class14 at the Clifden Show in August 1960. This was a class for non registered Connemara mares not less than three years old. His sole purpose in doing so was that such ponies could be inspected for registration at the show which she was. She was called Lus na bPog (2103).

Her career as a show pony was short and inglorious but she became the most wonderful broodmare and left five fabulous daughters.

The oldest, Poigin (Carna Dun) went to England/Scotland. Ballyowen Belle (Carna Dun) stayed in Ireland with the Richardsons. Ciotog (Doon Paddy) went to Montana/Canada. Bla an Duinin (Doon Paddy) went to Sweden and Doireann (Macdara) went to France.

There is obviously a big Little Heaven influence but I also think there is a big female thing going on in this family The females are so dominant that we mustn’t give too much of the credit to the ‘topline’. Consider also that Doireann, who was by Macdara (no outside blood), produced Balladin de Fremur (Macky) in France, a registered stallion who jumped at national level there, thus garnering a big reputation for himself and the breed.

The extended Lus na bPog family is littered with great performers but three of them were genuine superstars operating at the very highest level. They were Poigin, Golden Avenns Ruby (daughter of Ciotog) and Molly (daughter of Belle). All three were females ridden by extremely talented girls – Fiona Clarke, Melanie Jacobi and Kelly Allen respectively.

Poigin and Goldie were allrounders, excelling in a variety of disciplines. They looked alike being typical of the Carna Dun line i.e. tall, scopey strong heads. Molly is different in that she is an absolute jumping machine and looks as well as she jumps. Doris Jacobi and I have written previously about Poigin and Goldie (English Chronicle 2001) and all I can say about Molly, being a seven year old, is that her career, stunning as it is to date, is only beginning.

The prominence of the females in the family is intriguing The talent and athleticism is unquestionable and if Sean were alive today we can assume that he would regard the £77-10-0 that he paid for Lus and her companion Londubh fifty years ago, as pretty good value!

Tom MacLochlainn