REPORT FROM DENMARK (DCPS) – OCTOBER 2017
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Sweden’s Best of 2016
A collection of Swedish ponies that were successful at different levels and in different disciplines in 2016.
Please click on the title below to read Connemara Pony News from Sweden prepared by Jenny Hagenblad. Photos and results in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping and Driving, plus Stallion News are included in her 5 page summary.
REPORT FROM DENMARK (DKCPS) – MARCH 2014
50th Anniversary of the Danish Connemara Pony Breeders Society
In 2014 we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Danish Connemara Pony Breeders Society, founded in 1964. The society was founded by 7 breeders who owned 5 ponies, 1 stallion, and 4 mares. We will celebrate this anniversary on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August 2014. More to come in 2014, please keep an eye on our website www.connemarapony.dk for updates on this event.
The Annual Inspection and Show:
The big event of the year is our annual inspection and show. 20 ponies were entered for inspections and 35 ponies for show. The judges were Henry O’Toole, Ireland, Jørgen Finderup and Ann Dupont both from Denmark. It was held over 2 days, the first day on Bornholm, an island in the Baltic Sea near Sweden. The weather was good and it was the hottest day of the year with 33,3 °C, which made it a bit of a challenge for ponies, exhibitors and judges.
In Denmark Class 1 for mares is divided into I. class + Medal, I. class and II. class A.
Two mares were graded in I. class on Bornholm.:
HESTEKLEWA MARY (Hesteklewa Wild Donovan/Skousboe Marvie) and
AC-SA’LINAS AF ENGVANG (Glencarrig Fionn/AC-Sa’lin Øndi af Engvang).
On Zeeland two stallions were graded in Class 1.
One mare got I. class + Medal + Best pony of the inspection:
ALBERTSHØJ CORADINE (Coosheen Finnegan/Frederiksminde Camilla)
And 3 mares were graded in I. class:
MØRKHØJS MINNIE M (Lærkens Catch Me/AC-Bettie Woman af Engvang),
DAMBÆKSGÅRDS SANTANA (Teglstrup Duke/AC-Star Queen af Engvang) and
HEDEGAARDENS HELENE (Teglstrup Duke/Tobæks Camilla).
7 times during the show classes the judges awarded a pony with the coveted 1 st. prize 23 points:
HESTEKLEWA MARY (Hesteklewa Wild Donovan/Skousboe Marvie)
HESSELBJERGGÅRDS CEYLON (Hohnhorst Jeremy/Hesselbjerggård Colleen)
ALBERTSHØJ CONRADINE (Coosheen Finnegan/Frederiksminde Camilla)
MØRKHØJS MINNIE M (Lærkens Catch Me/AC-Bettie Woman af Engvang)
BREDEMADGÅRDS CILLA (Lærkens Callaghan/Hyldens Primula)
LOFTY CIARA (Lofty Roderic/Beezies Bounty)
ENGHØJS LOVELY LAUREN (Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel/Enghøjs Queennie) and
HYLDENS PRIMULA (Pilgaards Sammy Jr./Øxenholm Bouchette) for a mare-family.
This year it was the same pony there took the title as Best pony of the inspection and Best in Show, both on Bornholm and Zeeland.
On Bornholm it was HESTEKLEWA MARY (Hesteklewa Wild Donovan/Skousboe Marvie) owned by the family Kaas and Hemmingsen.
And on Zeeland ALBERTSHØJ CONRADINE (Coosheen Finnegan/Frederiksminde Camilla) claimed both titles, owned by Merethe and Niels Dyrlund.
It is possible to find more photos from our inspection and show on our homepage www.connemarapony.dk
Choose the word “Resultater”, and You will find photos from several events.
The Connemara pony has been well represented at the large agriculture shows.
At The National show in Herning over 3 days, 8 Connemara ponies participated in the big horse show with other breeds. The National Show had just about 50.000 visitors this year.
Danish born Connemaraponies abroard:
We are delighted to see so many Danish Connemara ponies doing well, in and out side the Country.
We entered the year with the news from Olympia. Banks Vanilla owned by Noel Noonan and breed by Jytte and Peter Bank Mikkelsen had won Best of the breed at London International Horse Show – Olympia the 23. rd December 2012. Sadly, both grandsire, Øxenholm Marble Jr. and sire Teglstrup Duke of this succesfull pony was put to rest in the beginning of 2013. But it’s good to know that this line is continuing to do well, as Banks Timber, (Teglstrups Duke-Bank Squares Do-Do) full brother to Banks Vanilla, has been consistent in the showring in 2013. 6 times he has taken the title Supreme Champion.
In Holland Pilgaards Vogue (Maigaardens Killian/Kærvangs Candie) took a title as Supreme Champion and so did Maj (Nørlunds Cash and Go/Nørlunds Mia Maja) in Germany.
The stallion Frederiksminde Volcano (Lissroe Hurricane x Frederiksminda Christel) passed the Irish inspection at the autumn 2013.
The stallion AC-Samson af Engvang (Skovsboe Morning Rock x AC-Soft Jewel af Engvang) – owned by Reimann Family in Germany -, has been standing in Ireland for 2013.
The stallion Rhinstroems Mighty Man (Øxenholm Markbook x Kirstinelunds Juicy), owned by Patty Schmidt, Germany, has been sold to South Africa.
Regarding ponies with Danish blood in their pedigree:
Especially in Ireland and Germany we can find a lot of good results.
At the Clifden show there were Danish blood among the first 10 ponies in 11 showclasses (out of 17.)
The Junior Champion was by Laerkens Cascade Dawn – number 2 was out of a Danish mare Banks Vanilla.
In the stallion-class 4-6 y.o., there were 13 competitors – 7 among the first 10 had Danish blood – 2 of them were Danish born.
Also in the ridingclasses we had good representatives – the ridden Champion Nire Valley Belle was by Danish Frederiksminde Hazy Match. In 6 ridingclasses there were Danish names among the first 6 placed ponies
At the show in Northern Germany, there were 11 classes, where 21 ponies was placed among the first three – all with Danish blood or Danish born.
This is the name of the Danish year-book and it is possible to see it on our Society’s homepage www.connemarapony.dk . On the frontpage You will find the title “Årbog 2013”. Hope You will enjoy – at least the photos – the text is not easy for other than danes.
Performance Ponies in Denmark 2013:
BORNHOLMS CHAMPION IN MILITARY 2013
This title went to Mai Kaas on Hesteklewa Wendy ( Pilgaards Sammy Jr. x Hesteklewa Wild Woods) .
Mai also won The Nordea Cup for ponies with Wendy. The title goes to the rider, who has been best seen through all the military competitions on Bornholm – over the year. This was Mai Kaas’ last year as pony-rider.
In Denmark we have many good ridingponies – especially in Military (cross country + jumping + dressage) the ponies are doing very well.
Here are few names – other than Wendy – who has done well in 2013:
Hesselbjerggård Highlander (Pilgaards Sammy Junior x Mosens Salia)
Skousboe Candy Floss (Skousboe Morning Rock x Cheery af Ellebrud)
Siegaards Breezer (Innellan Kestrel x Siegård´s Britania)
Skolekrogens Similie (Ravnsholts Diablo x Nørlunds Sweet Souvenir)
Hedegårdens Junker (Rebel Justice x Cirkeline)
BORNHOLMS CHAMPION IN DRESSAGE 2013 (Cat. II ponies).
Others who have done well in dressage:
Wirtsmühle Delaney’s (Diamond Shamrock x Nørlunds Primrose)
Elmely’s Dun Jackoo (Mannin Bay Cuckoo x Elmely’s Jasmin)
Veddinge Fit for Fight (Lærkens Catch Me x Frederiksminde Hazy Star)
Jumping ponies who has also done well – here are a few names:
Foxcourt (Glenayre Silver Fox x Grey Mist)
Glencarrig Tully Finn (Coosheen Finnegan x Glencroft Amy)
Skousboe Mana (Frederiksminde Mandy Boy x Frederiksminde Mellow)
Skousboe Meadow (Frederiksminde Mandy Boy x Frederiksminde Mellow)
Ballycurraghan Coosheen Boy (Coosheen Thyme x Inishlacken Lass)
Quality Judgement 2013 in Jutland:
The pony is ridden by it’s own rider, and next a professional rider is riding the pony, who afterwards gives her/his opinion about the pony. The pony can achieve Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.
The results this year was:
Bredemadgårds Gilgalad, CV 43 (Innellan Kestrel S108 x Bakkedals Primadonna C844)
Dressage : GOLD
Degneloddens Donna, C842 (Frej CH 42 x Maigaardens Clover C365)
Nyholts Laureen, C 1036 (Lærkens Catch Me CH 51 x Enghøjs Lovely Lauren EC760)
Bredemadgårds Aicha, RRC 15 (Mannin Bay Cuckoo CH 99 x Bakkedals Primadonna C 844)
Ærenlund Dusty Diamond, CV 46 (Lærkens Callaghan CH 73 x Hedehusets Durrus C 938)
Hohnhorst Jamiro, DE434340258105 (Hesselbjerggård Justice DE402020610200 x Nørlunds Madigan C 570)
Dressage GOLD Jumping SILVER
Nørlunds Wizard, (Woodstock CH 100 x Nørlunds Melanie C 889)
Report submitted by: Lene Gøgsig Nielsen (March 2014)
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 email@example.com .
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org / 086 3680885)
Robbie Fallon (email@example.com / 087 2324627)
Philip McManus (firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 2749109)
Mary Uí Chadhain (email@example.com / 087 9825045)
Brendan Coyne (firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 2346520)
Keith Murray (email@example.com / 086 7840131)
Éamonn Mac Lochlainn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com 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.