Connemara Success at European Championships 2009


The European Showjumping Championships at Moorsele, Belgium were conducted recently. Approx. 20 Connemara ponies from several countries competed making the Connemara the most conspicuous breed at the Championships. The CPBS sponsored the Connemara ponies Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and Sillogue Darkie. in this prestigious championship.

BALLYOWEN MAYBELLE MOLLY is by Monaghanstown Fred from the mare Ballyowen Bonny Bell. She was bred by John and Jenny Richardson, owned by Anthony McCormack and ridden by Kellie Allen. Molly was upgraded this year and won the 6-7 year old European Championship at Fontainebleu and has qualified for the 148A class at Dublin.

SILLOGUE DARKIE is by Ard Talisman from the mare Coillchru Esmerelda. Bred and owned by Eamonn Briscoe and ridden by Michael Duffy, Darkie has represented Ireland individually and in teams events in Belgium, Italy, France, England, Holland and Germany. Last year he won the premium pony league with rider Jessica Burke and this year is leading the league once again with rider Michael Duffy..He has qualified for the 148 Class at the RDS, the Star finder at Banteer.

Boston Burgler, another Connemara from Ireland also competed. Burgler is a member of the Irish Eventing team and had 189 SJAI points when he started eventing.

Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and Sillogue Darkie were jumping for Ireland in the team trials. The show jumpers were leading on a zero score at the halfway stage following clears from Kellie Allen (Ballyowen Maybelle Molly) and Michael Duffy (Sillogue Darkie). The team-mates all faulted second time out to leave the final Irish tally at 12 faults, which allowed the Danish team to claim gold when they completed with eight on the board while Germany took bronze when finishing with 16.

A few days later Ballyowen Maybelle Molly ended up seizing the gold medal in the individual trials Not only did a Connemara Pony attained such glory for her breed, but after Molly’s jump-off against Denmark’s Christiane Tetzlaff, second place went to Murphy’s Flight (sold out of Ireland to Denmark some two years ago) – another Connemara! Sillogue Darkie finished xxx in the individual competition.

We look forward to hearing more results by Connemara ponies in the European Championships.Connemara Success at European Championships

Belgium: Connemara News 2008

D’JILL, a Belgian pony, won the BRITISH CONNEMARA PERFORMANCE AWARDS 2008. D’jill was bred in Belgium by Ariane Joly. She is by ARD CONNEELY, the former Clifden champion, standing in Belgium. Her mother is Udine, a black mare by the French sire Poker du Blin.
Irish Boy of Hazelfield

Irish Boy of Hazelfield

In 2005 D’jill was imported to the U.K. by the dealer Ran Arbel and then sold to The Strapp family. Elinor Strapp qualified her not only for the Blue Chip show jumping championships, but also for the ponyclub intermediaire dressage championships. She also won an affiliated intro event. At the BCPS awards the mare earned 11.360 points, nearly 4.000 points more than second- placed former winner Elaphine Murphy.

At the stallion inspection in September 2008 no new stallions were licensed. The 4-year old stallion Irish Boy of Hazelfield IMG_3092.JPG (Apollon Pondi x Cailin of Hazelfield by Frederiksminde Hazy Match), who was approved in 2007, became champion stallion and supreme champion of the national show in 2008. Champion mare was Carla van de Groenweg (Conor Mac Nessa x Glencarrigh Delphinum by Coosheen Finn). Boy’s full sister Gentle Ciarin of Hazelfield became reserve champion mare and reserve supreme champion, so full brother and sister won the championship! A very big success for this family!

Carla van de Groenweg

Carla van de Groenweg

The Connemara Pony Belgium is happy to announce a judges’ clinic with Mrs. Elisabeth Petch on the 4th of April at 2.00 p.m

All people with interest in the Connemara Pony, breeders, inspectors and judges are invited to attend this clinic that will take place at Aalter Stud Farm in Aalter (approx. 1 hour from Brussels airport).

For those who are interested there will also be a stallion inspection at 10.00 a.m. on the same day.

Please confirm your attendance to Anne Storme, if possible before March the 15th.
Phone: 0032/9/374.36.11,
mobile: 0032/475/436404