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News Around the World ~ April 2013



The Events Calendar recently received from  Denmark shows that an Inspection program and Pony Show will be held on Bornholm on 2nd August 2013.

A similar event will be held on Zealand on 3 – 4th August.

Besides Regional Jutland and Regional Zealand, have other events programmed such as Riding, Quality Judgement and Studies of pedigree and Stud Books.

In all of these areas, there are several Agricultural Shows featuring Connemara ponies.

If you are in the areas mentioned, perhaps a day visit to one of the shows will see quality Connemaras competing  and displaying their quality performance qualities.  A quick E-Mail to the Danish secretary will  clarify areas, places and times!


For those visiting Great Britain in the coming Spring and summer, a visit to one of the below mentioned areas could  enable you to see some of the finest Connemara Ponies in Britain and in fact, elsewhere, competing and displaying their excellent Performance qualities.

Monday 1st April – Scottish Connemara Group Dressage competition.

Sunday 7th April – Judges assessment and probation filly Inspection assessment day.

Wednesday 24 April –  BCPS Colt Inspection Ivy House Skelton Wood End Penrith Cumbria.

Thursday 9th May –  Colt Inspection Norton Heath Equestrian Centre Blackmore.

Sunday 30th June – North East Connemara Group Show , Northumberland College Kirkley Hall Ponteland  Northumberland.

Saturday 13th July, Eastern Connemara Group Eventer trials, show jumping and Dressage, Horseshoe Farm  Dereham. Followed on 31st August with a Novice One day Event and Dressage Competition.

Sunday 20/21st July –   BCPS Ridden and In Hand Breed show, Warwickshire Agricultural College Moreton Morrell.

Sunday 28th July – BCPS Northern Show, Osbaldeston Equestrian centre Blackburn Lancashire.

This is just a few of the Connemara Pony events throughout  Britain during the Spring and Summer,  Contact with the secretary will give a full list of events and venues.

Filly Inspections this year will be organised by a co-ordinator from each region.

Colt Inspection for 2013 will be held in three venues  –  24th April  Ivy House   Skelton,  Friday 26th April Stretcholt Farm, Stretcholt, Somerset  – Thursday 9th May  Norton heath Equestrian centre Blackmore.


As in many other areas of the world, Nature has been most unkind to those residing below the line.   Extreme flooding in the eastern States, not once but to the present time, three times with widespread damage and loss of life has occurred.  In other areas huge bush fires have caused massive devastation.  It is pleasing to say that there has been no reports of loss of Connemara ponies in this extremely wide spread devastation.  It is therefore reasonable to indicate that there have been few shows held where the Connemara Pony could be seen to be giving their usual high performance  displays.

The Connemara pony Show case, a somewhat spectacular even in the Connemara world down under, was again seen at Werribee, Victoria in last September.   Ponies were presented from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.  An Irish Judge  found quality ponies in all sections  and awards went to all areas.  It is believed that this show will not be available next year due to cost factors, distances needed to be travelled etc.  This is indeed a shame as in its two years of showing the Connemara pony, wide applause has been given to those who worked hard in its performance.  As well as “In hand” classes Dressage, working Hunter, ridden and show jumping events were held.

In those areas where Shows could be held the Connemara pony excelled as always.

2013 Melbourne Show saw Gracefield  Park  Mr. Ed crowned as the top led Connemara Pony.  “Gracefield Park Mr. Ed”. Was also crowned as the Champion Connemara at the show with reserve Champion being awarded to “Kahean Snow Blossom”.   Unfortunately there are no other results available for the Melbourne Royal.

Castle Hill, New South Wales, produced a great day for the CASTLE HILL Show but unfortunately the numbers of Connemara Pony entries was down on last year.  The judge however commented on the standard of those ponies presented.   Brooke Allan, produced the top mare/filly under 4 years of age with “Asham Ballybelle”  taking the first ribbon. “Asham Madonna also owned by Brooke was awarded the top rating in the over 4 years mare class.   Supreme Champion at this show was awarded to “Asham Madonna”

Tanunda South Australia saw a small but quality field of Connemara ponies on display.

Champion led pony was awarded to Glenormiston Rosanna and the reserve ribbon was placed on Innisfree Beaujolais. Led Purebred Gelding ribbon went to Glenormiston Connaught and the supreme champion Barogue led award went to Glenormiston Rosanna.   A strong field of Connemaras ponies went into the ridden arena.  Innisfree Beaujolais collected the ridden purebred Mare or stallion class.   Ridden pure bred over height was awarded to Glenormiston Connaught.  Pleasure Connemara pony award was placed with Glenormiston Connaught.  Ridden hunter Galloway award went to Innisfree Beaujolais.  This pony also was awarded the Working Hunter  Galloway class.

New Zealand

Waikato Show was held in October 2012.  Supreme Champion Connemara of the show went to Keltic  O Se.  Young stock foal/yearling was won by Glenormiston Rionach.  2 – 3yr old pony ribbon was placed on Glenormiston Rahanishka and this colt also was awarded the Champion young stock award at the show. The Mare 4yrs and over award went to Mungala Tuar Ceatha.

Canterbury  A&P Show in November 2012 also was well attended by the Connemara ponies of the area, and, from the awards list, the Connemara again displayed its quality and abilities.

Supreme Champion Connemara went to Tallyho Neptune, purebred youngstock award went to Windward Mickey; Purebred adult award was place with Tallyho Neptune.

Partbred youngstock award went to Glardon La Strofian,  Partbred adult ribbon was placed with Windward Hemi and the Champion purebred award went to Rednalhgih Hayman.

It is hoped that quite soon, the ICCPS website will be upgraded and a regular review of Connemara Pony sows etc. world wide will then be able to appear on a regular basis.  To do this of course those responsible for the continual reports of the Connemara pony world wide will need your full support. Someone from each Sister groups who will collate results will need to be allocated, then ensure results are sent to  the promotions officer and then onto the web master for inclusion.  A whole new system will hopefully come into place and we will be able to let ALL members throughout the ICCPS , the Mother Society and all those who are not Connemara orientated but, who read out website, will know know just how strong our Connemara pony is , especially  in the performance fields world wide.  The new moves have my whole hearted support and I trust that I will still be able to bring the Connemara performances  to you where  ever you are!

John Tennant,

Promotions Officer  ICCPS.

News Around the World, Christmas 2011


As is usual, there has been very little, in fact no news, from Societies around the world.

Does this mean that there are no Connemara Ponies working and performing, or, just that no one has the time or interest to report on their ponies and their activities???

Given the above, readers will have to accept that which is readily available! There is a gorgeous article from an owner of the Pony that has won the “Jo Heard” trophy down under. I shall send the full article for presentation as it indicates several things, the ability of the Connemara, the joy of a child competing and then the absolute pleasure of the owner who took the pony under her wing and competed not just “in Hand” but at ODEs!

State Royal Shows have been well supported by the Connemara owners. Perth Royal led mare went to “Margylyn Lady Gwynne” owned by J Rockman. Stallion Class was awarded to “Clare Downs Outlaw” prepared by the Clare Downs Stud and this Stallion was also awarded Champion Connemara with “Glenormiston Dundrum” taking out the reserves ribbon.

In South Australia at the Kapunda Show Led Pure bred Colt /filly was awarded to “Gracefield Park Dr. Doolittle”; led Mare was taken out by “Newlands Winsome with “Glenormiston Rosanna” accepting the 2nd place ribbon. “Newlands Winsome” was awarded Champion of the Show.

In Victoria the Geelong Royal Show saw a strong field of Connemaras competing.

Led mare was awarded to “Kahean Snow Blossom”. Led Stallion ribbon went to “Gracefield park Mr. Ed” and the led pure bred gelding ribbon was awarded to “Kahean Knight Storm”.

Champion Connemara at Geelong was awarded to “Gracefield Park Mr. Ed”.

Ballarat, Victoria ran a Mountain and Moorland pony show that included Fell, New Forest and Connemara ponies. M&M Male class saw “Kahean Knight Storm” taking home the First ribbon with Connemaras taking the first 4 placings in this class.

News from Britain also indicates a strong representation of the Connemara pony in competition. One most interesting note that I received was concerning the Eldwick Riding Club’s Quadrille team. This group competes on a team of Connemara ponies all of which have competed successfully at Dressage, Working Hunter, Show Jumping, Pony Club and general showing. After some trepidation in preparation the team was entered in the British Riding Clubs SEIB Quadrille Selection trials. With Connemara ponies as their mounts the team chose an Irish theme to the music of Lord of the Dance! The team was called back into the ring for the final placings to be announced. One can imagine the joy when “Eldwick Riding Club” was announced as the fourth team that would go to Olympia. What a great triumph for the Connemara pony and the riders who competed on them!

The British Connemara pony Super Sunday saw a Stallion Parade of 30 Connemara pony Stallions. These ponies ranged from mature aged Males down to recently inspected and graded Colts. Some were shown in hand and some were ridden. Also on Super Sunday was a 2 hour long “Showing Clinic” and this was followed by an “Open Jumping Clinic”. From the reports on “Super Sunday” it is obvious that many people gained considerably from all aspects of this wonderful day.


With winter now well settled in the Northern hemisphere very little news of the Connemara pony will be forthcoming for a while. Down under, The Connemara Part Bred has once again indicated its capabilities with a strong performance by yet another part bred Connemara in the prestigious Adelaide International Horse trials. Last year saw “Exmoor Truffles” competing in the CC1 2 event and whilst not finishing in the placings competed extremely well in all sections. In 2011 yet another part bred “Feedale Mouse” competed in CC1 2 produced yet another confident round. Placings in this class are hard to determine as yet but I shall follow this up and try to get a final result for those who are interested.

May I take this opportunity to wish all Connemara pony owners, enthusiasts and riders the very best for the Christmas period. May the year 2012 be a happy riding time for you all and may your ponies produce many wonderfully keen and talented off spring to take you further into Connemara performance areas as yet untouched by you!


John Tennant
ICCPS Publicity officer

News Around the World, June 2011

There is not a lot of news from AROUND the world but then, if you do not send me material, or send it to Tuula, for attachment to the Website, one cannot complain that there is never anything from our Country on the web!

Sorry, but this is the truth. I plead for someone in any society to get cracking and let me or the web have Connemara material that will continue to promote our wonderful pony!

IRELAND: News from the Irish Horse and Pony is that as from May, the hard copy magazine will cease to be printed and the magazine will now appear on the Web. There will be no further printed magazines and so, for those who love to take it to the sitting room and read in font of the fire, all I can say is but a damned long extension cord and take the computer with you. Having provided such a lot of material for the Editor on the Connemara Pony around the world I was not amused. Never the less, one will now be able to get the material, free of cost, from the web at

That brings me to the fact that I will still want articles from any society to have available for the “English Native Pony” and other areas that ask for articles. Please Help!!!

BRITAIN: The POYS at Towerlands Park, Essex, saw Emily Ward and her Connemara pony and former Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter competitor, Prospect Eddie achieve a clear round in the jump off for the Deakin and Robinson JC Grand Prix – but just missed the first place ribbon.

Helen Baker and the Connemara Aughnakeeragh Melody was successful in claiming the RIHS Mountain and Moorlands sections and now stands reserve in the Olympic Semi Final. (Thanks to Horse and Pony for this information)

AUSTRALIA: The newly introduced CPBSA Performance register is being strongly supported by Connemara pony owners and breeders down under and the very special aspect of the results are the numbers of young riders participating. With the areas if performance that they are competing in, the future of the Connemara pony in Australia is fast becoming extremely strong.

There are currently nearly 70 ponies competing with reports being submitting. The strong inference is that the Society will be able to extend the register to incorporate both Sires and dams. This will also give a strong recommendation as to the Blood lines competing and performing strongly and be a considerable boost for breeders and studs throughout Australia.

The following ponies have thus far accrued in excess of 100 points in their performances that extend right across the Performance arena:- Celtic Fairytale, Glenormiston Ballymalloe, Glenormiston Killian, Springfield Kylemore, Wychwood Happy Songbird. State and national winners will be announced later in the season.

At the recent SCONE Horse trials Sam Randall (12 yrs) rode the Pony Glenormiston Killian to 1st Place in the junior newcomers Event and then the combination rode into 4th place in the Open Company division of the same class.
He finished the event on his dressage score with no penalties showjumping or Cross Country. Not to be outdone, sister Ashley (10 yrs) rode Killian’s full sister Glenormiston Ballymore in her first ever official EA event finishing 6th in the Junior division of the Newcomers event.


Lucinda Doodt, on Sommerville Park Pollyanna, a part bred by Glenormiston Freedom and Carissa Bailey riding Monahan Harrison, pure bred by Ben dhui Diccon, won the “C” grade Show Jumping team event At the Victorian State Pony Club Championships. A few weeks previously Lucinda and Pollyanna competed at the friends of Ballarat Pony Club Hick Stead, coming second and then took out the best performed for the second year in a row.

Celtic Fairytale, mentioned above, strongly portrays what the Connemara Pony is all about. This mare is approx. 12 years of age and has been with the Heymann family in the Eastern States since she was a weanling. She has been the family pony for 5 young members of this family over years and now with the youngest member Kayla she is competing in all aspects of pony Club events, Tent pegging, Barrel Racing, Flag and Barrel and other Novelty events and the more technical events of Show Jumping up to 90cms and Dressage. The Mare is also and effective mustering Pony with stock and cattle in particular.

Since the introduction of the Performance Register in Australia, this mare has already accrued over 600 points in less than 12 months of Competition. Although this mare has a strong, determined approach to her work, her young rider has formed an effective riding technique with her and the results now recorded in the Register makes a strong statement of Rider and pony understanding and ability. A lot more will be heard of this Mare and her Rider in the coming seasons.

CASTLE HILL NSW In hand show was well supported this year with many more entries than usual. Led mare or Filly was won by Brooke Allan with Asham Madonna. Led Gelding class went to Anne Yeaman with Kahean Royal Diamond. Champion Pure Bred was taken out by Asham Madonna. Champion Part Bred was awarded to Kaledon Bailey and handler Jess Galea. Ridden Connemara was awarded to Dromara Park Fergus and rider Chloe Smith.

John Tennant, Publicity officer, ICCPS

February News Around the World

Snow, Fires and floods have disturbed the Connemara pony activity around the world it would seem. There is some news from Australia already on the web if you have not as yet read it. Both Fire and flood have made great in roads on the Australian scene. However, just to hand are some results from the Melbourne Summer Royal show. “Newlands Ruby” (Rupari Ronan – Wychwood Fairy Wren), was placed first in the 2yr filly class. This was first time out for this youngster. In the same class “Greenlich Rebecca” (Rupari Ronan – Celtic Sweet Siobhan) took out third placing in the same event. This result is sweet for the writer and yet very sad. “Rupari Ronan was my home bred stallion and, like his daughter, performed extremely well in hand and also took out 1st place and Championship at the Adelaide Royal as a 2year old. Since the sale of “Rupari stud” 6 years ago, “Ronan” has been cock of the walk at Newlands and shortly after his daughters wins he had to be put to rest with severe arthritis badly restricting his movements. The final chapter for Rupari!

The Northern hemisphere has not provided much in the way of interest. I have recently received copies of the English “Horse and Hound” and the “American Connemara” so there is a little available for interest.

In England, Mathew Lawrence will approach 2011 with a daughter of “Castle Ri” and two sons of “Torrin” as ridden ponies. “Rosenaharley Laurinca” by Castle Ri obviously has her Sire’s show off attitude and is expected to perform well in the coming show season.

The 133 cm Connemara pony gelding “Silver Fox” by Ganty Blazer was awarded the British Connemara Pony Society’s performance award for 2010. This lovely grey gelding by Ganty Blazer scored wins at the Royal International Horse of the year show and the International competition held at the BSCP summer Championships. This snappy little Connemara pony really “has it” it seems – he is a brilliant show jumper, loves hunting and will do what ever is asked of him. Taking second place was “Delmrose Applejack” by Village Canal Beau who was also received the award as best British-bred Connemara.

In the NPS/Baileys Horse feeds supreme ridden final at Olympia, the Connemara Stallion “Lecarrow King” was awarded the reserve ribbon. This Stallion is owned by Lady Vestey and her sister Henrietta Knight.

John Tennant, Publicity Officer ICCPS

Autumn report from Swedish Connemara Society


While the days are getting shorter and shorter and the nights longer and longer the competition season is drawing to an end. A look at the present top 100 for dressage ponies in Sweden shows Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) in 10th place. This pony has had a very successful season among the ponies 130 – 140 cm high, crowning it with a silver medal at the Swedish Championships.

In place 16th is Lotus’ half brother Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona). He’s another of the many talented dressage ponies sired by the Elite stallion Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce’s full brother Juno Rory sadly had to be put down this autumn. In the 90ies Juno Rory had a most successful dressage career being among the very best dressage ponies in Sweden for a decade, and that with a succession of riders. His legacy is now carried on by his son, the approved stallion Golden Garlic (out of Ambrosia) who is presently ranked in place 93 on the dressage ranking. Another family connection comes through Rolls Royce’s and Juno Rory’s half brother Janus. His son Pyramus (out of Olympia II) is presently ranked in 28th place.

Other closely related dressage ponies on the top 100 are the descendants of another Elite stallion, Brantshammar Bell Dara. Bell Dara himself was a successfully show jumper in his heydays and has sired many jumping ponies, but he is also the grand father of two dressage ponies in the top 100: Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of Ko ̈hls Rapsodi) in place 58 and the mare Ko ̈hls Fidolina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) in place 84.

Figure 1: Pyramus (by Janus out of Olympia II), presently ranked 28 of the dressage ponies in Sweden. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: Pyramus (by Janus out of Olympia II), presently ranked 28 of the dressage ponies in Sweden. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

There are also three Connemara partbreds among the top 100. Highest ranking is Chopin AM who’s maternal grandsire is the Danish Connemara stallion Tootle U. Another pony with a Connemara maternal grandsire is the riding pony stallion Verdi (grandsire Lofty Roderic). This pony has had a very successful dressage career, but it was sadly announced this autumn that he now has to retire from competing due to an old injury from an accident. The third partbred is Poetic Poetry. His sire is Poetic Justice, perhaps best known for his show jumping offspring but apparently also capable of siring good dressage ponies.

This year’s Connemara championships in dressage and show jumping where held in Au- gust. The stallion Frederiksminde Hazy Chance had a successful championship with his son Hagens Cheese (out of Hagens Smile) winning the class for adult riders and overheight ponies and his daughter Bellina (out of Belle II) winning the class for ponies ridden by riders under 18. Second to Bellina was Hagens Sheila (by Tulira Highball out of Ha- gens Nelina) with Elphins Darwin (out of Bolle Dafti), another of Rolls Royce’s dressage progeny, in third place.


Pony eventing has had a slow year in Sweden this year, but for the Connemara enthusi- ast the Swedish championships could not have ended better as the grand old pony and approved stallion Nice-n-Curly (out of Corinne II) was the one to win the gold. Nice-n- Curly’s sire is another Elite stallion, Nice-n’-Easy, known for his performance offspring. Nice-n-Curly has evented successfully with several riders from the same family of siblings and has previously competed in the European eventing Championships.

Show Jumping

One of the most popular show jumping competitions for ponies in Sweden is the Ridsport Pony Cup. After qualifiers across the country the most successful ponies meet in the final. This year the 130 – 140 cm height category was won by Desdemona (by Brolo ̈tens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) who has repeatedly been in the ribbons throughout the season and is presently in second place in the Swedish show jumping ranking. Fourth behind Desdemona in the Ridsport Pony Cup finals was another Swedish-bred Connemara, Poetic Annie (by Poetic Justice out of Myrens Anitra). Annie was reserve for the Swedish team at the Nordic-Baltic championships and also came fourth at the Swedish show jumping championships. Annie is presently ranked 24.

At the European show jumping championships half the Swedish team was mounted on Connemara ponies: the French-bred Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes) who is presently in third place in the top 100 pony showjumpers and the Irish- born Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) who is presently ranked number 50. Other Irish and French Connemaras are also doing well at the Swedish show jumping scene. From France we have Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Underline of Laps) in place 13, Lover de Vauper (by Thunder du Blin out of Daphne de la Dive) in 44th place and Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) ranked 51. From Ireland comes Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) now in 19th place, Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) in number 25, Hesperus Eagle (by Ashfield Jovial Joker out of Ashfield Spinks) in number 47, the partbred Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (by Templebready Fear Bui) in 53rd place and the up and coming Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady) who has done very well during the autumn and is now in 62nd place, definitely one to look out for next season. Among the imported Connemaras is also the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch) who in 6th place is the third highest ranked Connemara after a very strong season where he most recently won the Swedish Indoor championships in show jumping for ponies. At the same championships Lexus Justice was fourth and Ix de l’Aulne was sixth among ponies 140 – 148 cm while among the ponies 130 – 140 cm (where Little Finnigan won) Tullineaskey Fear Ideas was fifth and Desdemona was ninth.

Figure 2: Nice-n’-Cherry (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Dory-Nice), winner of the Swedish Connemara championships for overheight ponies and adult riders Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Nice-n’-Cherry (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Dory-Nice), winner of the Swedish Connemara championships for overheight ponies and adult riders Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

But there are not only imported Connemaras doing well in show jumping in Sweden. In addition to the already mentioned Desdemona and Poetic Annie the latter has no less than four half-siblings among the 100 most successful show jumpers: the pure bred Poetic Moonlight (by Poetic Justice out of Lehid Vida) in place 28 and Highlander (out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) in place 32, and the partbreds Little Wonder (who was placed sixth at the indoor championships) in place 36 and Poetic Shano in number 90. Also the last two Swedish-bred Connemaras on top 100 are closely related to each other. Both the partbred Hip Hop in place 31 and the pure bred Scarlett Pimpernell S (out of Yankie Girl) in place 66 are by the same stallion, Pommac.

Connemara riders have also battled it out for the Connemara championship title in show jumping. Among the overheight ponies and adult riders the title was won by Nice-n’- Cherry (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Dory-Nice). The class for ponies with riders under 18 saw O ̈nnarps Juvel (by Aladdin out of Celisia) winning the title to the Dutch import Junes Jewel van de Zonnehoeve (by Hercules van de Zonnehoeve out of June) and Juventus (by Dale Haze out of Jocelinn).

Figure 3: Holmtebo Crested Ten (by Hagens D’Arcy out Hagens Ultra) at the age of two. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Holmtebo Crested Ten (by Hagens D’Arcy out Hagens Ultra) at the age of two.
Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Young ponies

The young pony activities has also continued during the autumn. Two stallions have two progeny each who have gained awards at the three-year-old tests: Coosheen Finbarr (two for gaits) and Hagens D’Arcy (two double awards, gaits and jumping). Finbarr and Hagens D’Arcy also have progeny who have gained awards at the quality tests for four- year-olds. Other stallions who’s progeny have gained awards in both three-year-old and quality tests this year are Ashfield Cathal Crobhdearg and Hagens O’Chief.

At the young pony finals several Connemaras showed their knack for jumping. Among the three-year-olds Holmtebo Yeats (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Hagens Yanine) took the third place in the jumping finals. The Connemaras in the jumping finals for four-year-olds did better still when Yeats’s half-brother Holmtebo Crested Ten (out of Hagens Ultra) won the class to the stallion Poetic Kelly (by Poetic Justice out of Lofty Dusty Rambler). The young pony championships in jumping for five-year-olds saw a Connemara in third place, Pole Position (out of Moy Shauna Pride) who is by the above-mentioned dressage stallion Golden Garlic, but is not lacking in jumping skills.

Three five-year-olds and two six-year-olds had qualified to the dressage finals, a strong achievement in itself. Although the five-year-olds were unplaced the six-year-olds defended the Connemara honour. Azalea (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Liljeg ̊ardens Graze) won the finals with another Connemara in third place, Gra ̈ns Tabasco (by Grange Flynn Sparrow out of Gra ̈ns Tussilago). For Tabasco it’s the third year running of qual- ifying to the young pony finals. It will be interesting to see him and the other ponies in the dressage and show jumping arenas in the future.

/Jenny Hagenblad

“Snippets”, Nov. 2010

With winter drawing closer in the Northern Hemisphere, Connemara news is pretty hard to find. Below are a few items that may be of interest.

The national Pony Show, Scotland was held in late August in Perthshire. The Olympia Qualifier saw Sandra Burton’s Irish bred Connemara’Coulillaun Cushlawn’ take out reserve award. The ridden Novice final also saw a Connemara, Alison Granger’s “Crannard Special” being awarded the reserve award. There must be heaps more but nothing has come my way to report for you.

In America, the 44th Annual ACPS Region 1 Breed show has been held. The weekend turned out to be a real winner for the Connemara’Bantry Bay’s Kenny’ and his owner- rider Lauren Ochs. The pair won the Lambray Seamus Award for working Hunter, the George A. Taylor memorial Trophy for Hunter under saddle, R.H.F. O’Harazan Perpetual Trophy for grand Champion Connemara, and the Sue Dexter Memorial Versatility Award.

All versatility competitors compete in 5 of 6 catagories including Trail, Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Driving and Pleasure. Trail is mandatory and includes travel through water, opening gates, checking mail boxes, crossing bridge etc. Not the usual areas for Connemaras to excel but Kenny excelled in all and took out the trophy. Who says Connemaras don’t like gates, water etc!

From the USA also comes the sad news of the death of”Grange Finn Sparrow”. This lovely Connemara was foaled a the grange Stud in Ireland. Joe Day, Wexford, purchased him as a weanling and later showed him in Clifden. He was then sold him to Willy Leahy. He was the 1978 Clifden Champion in hand.

Finn Sparrow was named Ireland’s top scoring Grade A pony twice and took 2nd place at his only Eventing outing at preliminary level whilst standing at Stud in Austria. He was imported into America in the 198’s and shown successfully throughout his years in the USA. He will be missed, I am sure, both in the USA and in all Connemara localities around the world.

ICCPS newsletter Nov 2010

August News Around the World


Susan McConnell’s Oakfields Farm had a day out on June 12 when the Region III show was held at Pine Top Farm. The show was reported as the biggest and best yet. This could also be said for Susan’s ribbon tally at the end of the show. Oakfields Hazel Sparrow (Hearnsbrook Dunoon – Oakfields Maria Sparrow) was awarded the Grand Champion Connemara trophy and was also awarded Best in Show. The ribbons continued! In the pure bred Connemara Mare class – 7 yrs and over- 1st Oakfields Amazing Sparrow, 2nd Oakfileds Diamond Jamie Gibson and 6th Oakfields Fuchsia.

Pure bred Connemara Mare 3 – 6 yrs – 1st Oakfields Hazel Sparrow, 2nd Oakfields Linianne, 5th Oakfields Sapphire, 6th Oakfields Crimson. The Pure Bred Champion went Oakfields Hazel Sparrow with reserve Oakfields Amazing Sparrow.

In the Open Hunter Crossrails – 1st Oakfields Jade, 4th Oakfields Lilianne, 5th Oakfields Crimson. Open Ponies 14.2 and under saw Oakfields Fuchsia taking the 2nd ribbon with 5th going to Oaklands Fuchsia.

Owner Susan McConnell, handler/rider In the open Horse over 14.2 – 1st Oakfields Amber Emma Kennedy, and Oakfields Hazel Sparrow Sparrow. The Open Hunter saw Oakfields Jade, at Upperville Show. Photo by Lisa Etzel Oakfields Lillianne and Oakfields Amber Sparrow

collect ribbons. Other Ridden classes saw a repeat ribbon flow for Oakfields Farm with an additional 15 ribbons being awarded.

Reading a little further into the “American Connemara” magazine, Oakfields Farm had further a outstanding show at Upper Ville Horse Show with an additional 7 ribbons being won by Oakfields farm Ponies.

From the USA Eventing world comes news that the imported Stallion Ard Celtic Art, ACPS Connemara of the year for 2009 continued his winning ways with rider Donna Miller, by taking 2nd place at the CCI One Star event at Chattahoochee Hills, GA. The combination was 3rd at the Ocala Fl. One star event in May.

Will’Ya Love Me (Grange Finn Sparrow) and rider Courtney Sendak took 1st place at the Virginia Horse trials and moved up the Eventing ladder with further successful outings at Intermediate Level.


The 5yr old Connemara, “Drummore Castle” ridden by Kirsteen Douglas was reserve Champion at the NPS Scotland Spring Show and also won the Picton Qualifier.

The Scottish Connemara Group show in July was a most successful show. “Eastlands Wild Orchid” was awarded Pure Bred Young stock Champion and the Pure Bred Champion for the show went to “Bellindene Franklin”.

Novice Ridden Champion went to “Sydserff Misty Morning” and the pure bred Ridden champion was awarded to “Lockinge Flossy. Supreme Champion for the show was awarded to “Eastlands Dunielle” and reserve went to “Lockinge Flossy”

Sarah Hodgkins mare, “Callowfeenish Mary” took the M7M Pony of the year at the Lincoln Show and Breed Champion. “Village Laura” was also successful with Vanessa Compton winning the in hand and reserve Champion.

News to hand also indicates that three Connemara ponies and their riders have been selected for the English team at the WHP International Team Event that is to be held at Cavan Equestrian Centre in Ireland. “Smokin Gun” Gunsmoke – Hazel Dew) will be ridden by Hetty Woyka, “Tully Oisin” (Earl of Castleffrench – Tullinadaly will be ridden by Alice McCullagh and Elinor Strapp will guide “Dancing Hero” (Shannon Prince – Campbell Star). This event should see a number of Connemara Ponies competing.august_naw_img_1


Early news from Ireland is that the Connemara festival in Clifden was a great event this year. Work had been done on the Arena and the surface was level, well drained and hardly a foot hole to be seen after over 500 ponies had competed. This was in sharp contrast with other years when ponies were hock deep as they moved, particularly on the upper or office side of the arena.

The Friday events were fabulous! The Puissance was an exciting event with the rail rising to 155 cms and still 6 ponies left in the competition. The rules stipulate that the event must stop at that height and one has to wonder to what height these wonderful Connemara ponies would the rail would have risen to find an absolute winner.

Much more news from the Clifden Connemara pony festival will be available shortly I am sure. Many of the overseas visitors will take home their own thoughts and these will appear in local newsletters etc.

august_naw_img_2John Tennant,
Public relations Officer ICCPS

ACPS report from World Equestrian Games 2010

American Connemara Pony Society at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
by Susan McConnell, Chair for the WEG Committee

WEG: The Alltech Experience and Impact

Until 3 years ago, Alltech was a name few people in the horse world knew, even though Alltech owns several brands of horse feed and supplements. Now, thanks to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (September 25 – October 10, 2010) in Lexington, Kentucky, the company has received brand recognition. CEO and founder Dr. Pearce Lyons has already signed a memo of understanding to be the title sponsor of the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

WEG: By the numbers

The Chronicle of the Horse (November 5, 2010 issue) reported that there were 752 horses and 632 athletes from 58 countries who attended the 16 days of competition at WEG, 507,022 spectators, 62,707 school children and 6,000 volunteers. There were 81 medals awarded in 8 World Championships (reining, driving, dressage, eventing, show jumping, endurance, para-dressage and vaulting). NBC showed 8 hours of TV coverage over three weekends, while Universal Sports Network showed 15 hours live. The WEG’s website coverage received another 1.5 million views. The Kentucky government spent $102 million on improvements to the 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park. Alltech spent $10 million for the title sponsorship and another $22 million to ensure financial success. The pre-estimated economic impact of the WEG was $167 million.

These are unprecedented numbers for US horse sports.

In addition to the stadiums for the 8 World Championships, the WEG organizers set aside a large area next to the International Museum of the Horse and the Horse Park’s Visitors Center called the Equine Village and Village Arena (180’ x 200’). Spilling out into the training track and infield were individual tents for breed organizations, sporting organizations, and clinicians from all over the world. Daily, thousands of people were milling about visiting the tents and attending the continuous, free demonstrations, clinics and performances (10:00AM – 6:30PM).

The American Connemara Pony Society was in booth #30 of the Equine Village – ideally located beside the Horse Park Visitor’s Center, and booths for world renown, Irish vet, Brendan Furlong, DVM, the United States Pony Club, Goresbridge Horse Sales (Ire) and the Irish Draught Horse Society (NA).

WEG: Connemara Performers

Over the two weeks of WEG, the ACPS had 14 purebred Connemara ponies giving daily demonstrations in dressage, eventing and driving. There were stallions, geldings and mares – buckskins, greys and bays – ridden by Junior and Senior riders. The ACPS showcased the Connemara Pony as a useful, multi discipline, working pony, plus a pony that can learn “tricks” or jump a picnic table with silverware, plates and glassware! Melanie Trimper of MMT Communications (Pennsylvania) organized green jackets, navy blue and green monogrammed polo shirts, matching saddle pads and ear veils for the demonstrations. The ACPS provided these keeper items for all the riders and drivers. Many thanks to the following Connemara Pony owners and riders/drivers for bringing their ponies from “near and far”:

*Aille Coretca (Massachusetts) Lee Gregory and rider, Kate Alderfer
Conneleigh Raney McMor (Vermont), owner Ted Saggese and rider, Cailin Saggese Grey Haven Padraig MacDaire (Ohio), owner Stephanie Burk and groom, Keith C. Lewis Greystone’s Adirondack A’Herne (New York), owner Cindy Fletcher
Killian (Vermont) owner, Michele Sturm and rider, Michaela Whitty


Loughlin’s Journey (Ohio), owner Martha Slamer and groom, Sarah Slamer
*Patty’s Look At Me (Virginia) owner, Marian McEvilly and groom, Sarah McCrea Ridgetop Windy City (Virginia), owner Karen McIntyre Welch and groom, Christopher Welch Shadey Hill’s Oscea (Kentucky) Debbie Shade and rider, Sarah Kleintop
Stonybrook Belmont (California), owner Lee Webster and helper, Joan Webster
Rosemont’s Irish Abbey (Kentucky) owner, Fonda Eigel and groom, Meg Dumaine
Tricreek Greystone Riley (New York), owner Mary Lou Thall and rider, Kim Grescheck Wildwych Eclipse (California) owner, Lisa Martin and Max Gerdes and rider, Danielle Casalett Windy Hollow Lilia (Kentucky), owner Amy Plavin and rider, Katherine Short

WEG: Demonstrations in the Village Arena

Ireland is blessed with two native equines – horse size and pony size! The Irish Draught is the native Irish horse, and the Connemara Pony is a native Irish pony, named for the West of Ireland where it originated. At WEG, some of the Connemara Pony demonstration times were shared with Irish Draught horses. The demonstrations were ably narrated and commentated by an Irish Draught enthusiast, Fleur Bryan (Kentucky). Using her cheerful Irish accent, Fleur creatively engaged the crowd with relay races between the Irish Draughts and the Connemara Ponies! Lee Webster, Katherine Short, Karen Welch and Chris Knox wrote and rewrote the script for the demonstrations so each pony was included. Chris Knox (Idaho) helped “pass the baton” as the ponies out jumped and out paced the horses – usually! The driving demonstrations showed the horses and ponies beautifully presented, driving between cones and doing pirouettes. There were musical freestyle dressage demonstrations as well as Caprilli, grid jumping and show jumping over higher fences. The crowd cheered loudly and loved every minute, every day! Thanks to Katherine Short, all the ponies and people were well organized in the barn. During the demonstrations, there were volunteers (19 cheerful volunteers over 16 days) going through the stands delivering brochures from the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society (Ireland) plus a promotional, information booklet created by Janice Meyer (Ohio) and Amy Plavin (Vermont) which included paid advertisements and the ACPS Breeders Directory. Fonda Eigel (Kentucky) was “the boots on the ground for the ACPS”.

WEG: Distinguished Visitors

Everyday brought new faces, pony stories, plus national and international dignitaries to the ACPS Booth in the Equine Village. Janice Meyer wisely created a three ring notebook “Guest Book” for people to sign with their name and address or requests for further information. Now, the public relations and promotion committee can communicate with these people. From the web, Janice ordered emerald green plastic wrist bands with the inscription “I (heart) Connemaras” and the web site It has been a tradition to collect “pins” from countries, breeds, clinicians and disciplines. The ACPS green wrist bands were a huge hit to the visiting public. The wrist bands were light weight, easy to wear and carry, eye catching and “different”. Pat Parelli had wrist bands for the first time, this year, so we were on the cutting edge!

The Irish Ambassador, living in Washington DC, His Excellency, Ambassador Michael Collins and his wife, Marie visited our booth. The day they visited was perfect timing so they could meet and chat with the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society, Clifden, Ireland, Chair, Dermot Power, and his wife, Carmel. The two couples had never met but instantly had friends in common. Ambassador Collins chose two ACPS Foundation ties and Mrs. Collins was given a scarf.

Jane Beshear, wife of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, visited our booth the next day. She was given a scarf, too, and chose a tie for her husband, the Governor. As some people may know, Jane Beshear was the successful rider of Mary Beth Fleming’s gelding, Shammer Sandman, in many eventing competitions.

Niamh Philbin, Secretary for the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society, Clifden, Ireland, flew over to volunteer her help in the booth. The ACPS appreciated her extra hands. Undoubtedly, Niamh has some pleasant memories and stories to share!


Heather Dean Wright of the Ard Stud in Co. Westmeath, Ireland and the seller of the capable eventing stallion, *ArdCeltic Art, to Donna Miller, came to our demonstrations.
Dan James, of “Double Dan” fame began his trick riding career at Sue Clarke’s, Glenormiston Farm in Australia. While growing up at Sue’s, Dan broke her stallion, *Castle Baron (aka “Henry”), to do theatrical tricks on command.

And, Irishman Dr. Pearce Lyons and his wife, Deirdre, were given a tie and scarf from the ACPS.
So many visitors had happy, positive stories to share! The Connemara Pony was known to many Americans, Canadians, and Europeans. It was great to see old friends and make new friends.

WEG: Keep the momentum going

The question now – for US riders, leaders of national organizations and breed affiliates – is what will these numbers mean in the future? It may take many years to know if the increased exposure brings more people as fans, competitors, owners or breeders. It appears that the visibility and overall popularity of horse sports have changed as a result of the Games.

There is nothing like the World Equestrian Games! The Olympics pale compared to these Games. Unlike the Olympics, at the WEG, there are no other sports. The horse is the focus at the World Equestrian Games. The horse brought all those people together. Everyone wanted to see, learn, or talk about “The Horse” – all breeds, all disciplines.

Somewhere back in the caveman days, someone got on the back of a horse. And, the human and the horse have been partners ever since. Depending on its conformation, temperament and athletic ability, the horse has learned to jump (show jumping), pull (driving), slide (reining), go long distances (endurance), move gracefully (vaulting, dressage and para-dressage) or combine most of these attributes (eventing). At the World Equestrian Games, the “Best of the Best”, from all over the world, compete and remind us what a special animal “The Horse” really is. Mark your calendar for 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Don’t miss the next World Equestrian Games. The Connemara Pony should be part of the breed demonstrations showing the world that this pony breed “Can Do It All”.

WEG: Gratitude

As overall Chair for the ACPS at WEG, I want to express my gratitude to the people “behind the scenes”. It was my honor to work with so many wonderful people who made the American Connemara Pony Society’s experience at the World Equestrian Games so successful. Generous financial support and colorful brochures from the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society, Clifden, Ireland were greatly appreciated. Numerous donors gave to the “Ride to the WEG”, the brainchild of Joanie Webster (California) and Sally Oxnard (New Hampshire) relying on the generous help of Christie Kelly (California). Donors, benefactors, and exceptional volunteers combined to make the exposure and publicity of the Connemara Pony possible. The booth and demonstrations were informative and well organized. A huge amount of credit should go to the Connemara Pony owners and riders/drivers who made the commitment to follow all the veterinary directives (starting 9 months in advance) and Homeland Security rules; ship long distances; work with people and ponies they had never met; and, then, give entertaining demonstrations! They were great!

And, last but not least, thanks to Irishman, Dr. Pearce Lyons and his company, Alltech, for providing this unique opportunity. Without his vision and commitment, none of this would have happened in Lexington, KY.

News, October 2009

news_october2009_img_0Not much material is available from the Connemara worldwide since the European Show Jumping Championships and the great results of the Irish team in Moorsele, Belgium. The CPBS certainly made the most of it with the appearance of individual Medallist Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and silver team member Sillogue Darkie being paraded at the historic Clifden showgrounds during the Connemara festival in late August. I have it on good authority that Molly has now been sold to a Belgian owner.

In trolling through overseas magazines it appears that the new Connemara Performance Hunter Classes have proved popular in England with Rachel Suffern topping the 5yr – 7 yr class with the Ashfield Festy bred ANNAGH STORM. Brenda Short also made a successful return to the ring to ride NEWTON BLOSSOM to first place in the National Ridden Connemara title.

news_october2009_img_1At the NPS Summer Championships, Malvern Worcs. Sarah Dowdell’s Connemara, JOHN’S CUCKOO, ridden by Mathew Lawrence claimed the Mountain and Moorland Silver medal. A further Mountain and Moorland Pony show at Castlewellan, Northern Ireland saw 5year old County Down based ABBEY STORM take out the ridden mountain and moorland Championship. Storm was ridden by Sylvia Henry. This win added to the Pony’s success at Cavan Equestrian centre where he won the Northern Ireland Dressage Preliminary Championship.

– John Tennant