France: Calendar for 2013

Calendar for France 2013

Classification, Regional Shows and National Show


Date des classifications


Lieu des Classifications

23 Février 2013


Elevage de Séguret
Lieu dit Séguret
Contacter Isabelle Jault : 06 10 91 75 07

02 Mars 2013


Elevage du Brana
16 rte de Serres Castet
Contacter Mme Da-Re-Regnier :
06 10 18 52 67

03 Mars 2013


3549 route Launac
Boxes gérés par l’AFPCContacter P Carles : 06 83 73 08 86 ou JB Léonardis : 06 88 021 931

14 Avril 2013

Haute Normandie

Elevage OAK
Le Quesney
Contacter H De Belloy : 06 88 68 06 42

26 Mai 2013

Rhône Alpes

Centre Equestre de Montbrison
9 Allée des Haras,
Contacter Daniel CLERET (‎) :
04 77 96 92 19

15 Juin 2013


Haras National de Rosières aux Salines
1 Rue Leon Bocheron
Contacter l’association ADECLOR pour la location des boxes au
03 83 30 62 50 : Location de 20 € adhérent ADECLOR et 50 € non adhérent ADECLOR

22 Juin 2013

Pays de la Loire

Haras National du Lion d’Angers
Parc Départemental de l’Isle Briand
Contacter Anna Bordes :
06 89 94 58 10

28 Juin 2013


Domaine de Pousiniès –
Contacter Jean Louis Laurent :
06 20 99 80 53

29 Juin 2013


Les Ecuries de Colchiques
Chamnay –
58230 MAUX
Contacter Frédérique Boisselier :
03 86 85 04 23

21 Juillet 2013

Basse Normandie

Haras National du Pin
Contacter :

24 Août 2013


Sologn’ Pony
Parc Equestre Fédéral

30 Août ou
01 Septembre 2013


Haras de Pompadour
Place du Château
Boxes Gérés par L’AFPC

7 Septembre 2013


Haras de Lamballe
Place du Champ de Foire
Contacter Annie Blandin :
06 84 20 34 27

21 Septembre 2013


Ferme de Saint Louis, 
Contacter Pauline GUERIN :
06 66 45 89 73

06 Octobre 2013


Haras des Flagues
Lieu-dit les Flagues
14400 GUERON
Contacter Nicolas Hervé :

27 Octobre 2013

Aix en Provence

Lieu à définirContacter :
The regional show dates :
Pays de Loire, in the town Loin d’Angers – 23 june 2013
Bourgogne, in the town Maux –  29 june 2013
Le Sud – 29 juin 2013
Normandie/Picardie, in the town Forges les Eaux – 4 august 2013
Bretagne, in the town Rostrenen -8 september 2013
The 3 year old mounted championships during Sologn’Pony  25 august 2013
The  French National Show, Pompadour -31 august 2013
There is a website for the AFPC

Australia: South Australia March 2013


First Quarterly Edition
March 2013

Welcome to the first edition of the newsletter for 2013.  I hope everyone has enjoyed the summer months with their ponies.

This newsletter includes photos of a new arrival, news of several partbreds out and about and the results from the Tanunda Show Baroque classes.

Please also note the calendar of events for 2013.  We look forward to seeing you out and about!

Catherine McTaggart


Clifden Stud has recently welcomed a new foal from Glenormiston Brigid (Castle Baron x Glenormiston Dinmerren Bay) by Fredericksminde Hazy Cavalier.  Gill advised that Brigid foaled Friday evening, 15 March at a very civilised hour just after 6.30pm.  A lovely rich bay to go grey, she has been named Clifden Hazy Dream.   Congratulations to Gill on the safe arrival of this lovely new addition.

 horse1  horse2

2013 SHOW DATES – with dedicated Connemara classes

  • 11th August 2013 – SA Welsh & Open Performance day
  • 31st August-1st September 2013 – Gawler Agricultural Society Show
  • 13th October 2013 – Kapunda and Light Breed Show
  • Date to be confirmed around November – Festival All Breeds – SA Arabs
  • 1st December 2013 – Northern Hack and Halter – SA Buckskin Assoc.
  • 7th March 2014 – Tanunda Agricultural Society Show

Please refer to the SA Endurance Riders calendar for rides starting from 10km.  I will be attending a number of rides this year if you wish to meet me there –

Pony dressage competitions will also be held by Mt Crawford and Adelaide Hills Dressage Clubs and the South Australian Dressage Association – refer to websites for details.

Out and About
TJ – Partbred by Boonahburra Braveheart

TJ – Partbred by Boonahburra Braveheart


Pauline McClements, owner of purebred Connemara stallion Boonahburra Braveheart currently on lease to Wychwood, sent through this recent photograph of a part-bred son by Braveheart out of a Thoroughbred mare.



Achill Charisma – Partbred by Achill Fiddler

Achill Charisma – Partbred by Achill Fiddler


Jane McNicholl has sent through a photo of Achill Charisma by Achill Fiddler out of a Thoroughbred mare.  Jane is pleased that the new owners are absolutely thrilled with her ‘ teddy bear’ temperament and have big hopes for her future eventing career.





Wychwood Hilal (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Jahahn Izadorah

Wychwood Hilal (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Jahahn Izadorah


Part bred Connemara/Arabian Wychwood Hilal successfully completed her first 40km endurance training ride in April at Mt Crawford forest.  Hilal is now starting 6 months training for pony dressage, being a couple of centimetres below 14.2hh.  We look forward to seeing her out competing toward the end of the year.



St Patrick’s Day luncheon

St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated at Tally Ho Lodge this year.  Michael, Trish and Rachele supplied a delicious lunch starting with pumpkin and carrot soup, followed by chicken and also beef balls, upmarket sandwiches and then delicious plum cake with cream, chocolate profiteroles, tea and coffee.  Everyone then took a walk to see a few of the ponies before coming back for another coffee, then home.  Those able to make the lunch included Gregg and Tania McKee, Rachele Taylor, Jane Bush, Chris Royal, Jane McNicholl, Lauren Bywaters, John Tenant and Gill Beaton.


(Andalusian, Friesian and Connemara) Saturday 9th March 2013

With thanks to Gill Beaton for providing the results.  Congratulations to all those that competed on the day.

Horse & Handler led exhibit 10 yrs & over 2nd Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
Led Purebred Mare 4 yr & over ne 14.2hh 1st  Glenormiston Rosanna – Gill Beaton
2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
Led Purebred Stallion 4 yrs & over 1st  Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
Led Purebred Gelding any age/height & Overheight 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
Ridden Purebred Connemara Mare or Stallion 1st  Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott
Ridden Purebred Gelding or Overheight Purebred 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
Pleasure Connemara, Purebred, Partbred, Overheight 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Carole Benassy2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott
Open Ridden Classes for Baroque Breed Ring Exhibits
Ridden Hunter Galloway 14hh & ne 15hh 1st Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
Ridden Working Hunter Galloway 14hh & ne 15hh 1st Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott


 Untitled2  Untitled3

Gill Beaton with Glenormiston Rosanna


Denmark: Event Calendar 2013




16. March            AGM

2.  August           Inspection and show on Bornholm

3.-4. August        Inspection and show on Zealand

Hovmarkens Ridecenter, Slagelse Landevej 34

4200 Slagelse.

Besides that Region Jutland and Region Zealand have their own arrangements as:

Riding competitions – Quality judgment – Study of pedigree and studbooks – Region election, this often with a talk about Connemara ponies. It could be about judgment, breeding, feeding or something else.

Both on Bornholm, Jutland and Zealand there are several agriculture shows, were Connemara ponies can participate as well as there are shows for youngsters of all breed.

On behalf of the Danish Connemara Pony Society

Lene Nielsen

Great Britain: Spring 2013 Connemara Success

Connemara ponies are loved by everyone in any discipline!  Penny Smith, Chairman of the British Dressage Supporters Club, loves hacking out on the North Downs in Surrey on her ‘gorgeous’ connemara pony Callum.   She says ‘I’m really lucky as he is beautifully schooled, loves to jumps and is known at the yard as PP – perfect pony!

On Sunday 14th April 2013, five teams of Connemara ponies competed at the NPS Dressage Finals at Addington Manor.  Three teams competed in the Prelim 12 and two in the Novice 27, with each rider also competing individually in their arena.  There were so many Connemara entries that they had their own dedicated arena for both tests!   The scores were then added together and the top 10 riders stayed for an unmounted presentation at the end of the day – from our teams, 7 ponies from Prelim and 4 ponies from Novice were in the top 10!

Louise Helyer riding Breaffy Delight win the 80T class in the 2013 Stirlingshire Saddle Fitters Arena Event held at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre

Louise Helyer riding Breaffy Delight win the 80T class in the 2013 Stirlingshire Saddle Fitters Arena Event held at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre

Results of the Prelim test:

  • 1st  Julia Woods on St Flannans Aodhan
  • 2nd Debbie Boylan on Kippure Norma
  • 3rd Julia Woods on Wormsley Glen Paddy
  • 4th Claire Cornwell on Tyan Tyriana
  • 8th Gillian Hasberry on Kilmiston Night Hawk
  • 9th Louise Johnson on Croftbank Finnella
  • 10th Patsy Drake on Alfie

Results of the Novice test:

  • 1st Julia Woods on St Flannans Aohdan;  2nd Claire Cornwell on Tyan Tyriana;
  • 5th Julia Woods on Wormsley Glen Paddy and Debbie Boylan on Kippure Norma

As Julia Woods on St Flannans Aodhan won both Prelim and Novice, they were asked to perform a freestyle test to music to decide the Supreme Championship.  The standard was extremely high and St Flannans Aodhan was crowned 1st Reserve Supreme!

Sarah Webb & Wefan NPS dress team Saskatoon

Sarah Webb & Wefan Saskatoon

The Connemara Charms team won the Prelim team competition, out of 23 teams entered – team members were Julia Woods on St Flannans Aodhan, Gillian Hasberry on St Flannans Sorcha, Claire Cornwell on Tyan Tyriana and Sarah Webb on Wefan Saskatoon.

The Connemara Rebels team were placed 7th in the Prelim team competition, with team members Louise Johnson on Croftbank Finnella, Sarah Fortune on Mundon Twilight, Gillian Hasberry on Kilmiston Night Hawk and Patsy Drake on Alfie.   Many congratulations to all riders and ponies for doing so very well!

BE Kirriemuir

BE Kirriemuir

With the start of the eventing season, two ponies – Breaffy Delight and Eques Junior – have really exceeded their owner’s expectations!   First time cross country, only five years old and coming 14th and 18th respectively in the Kieriemuir BE 90 section of the Horse Trials.  Both ponies did decent dressage tests scoring 35 & 39.5, both had one showjump down and both clear cross country with time penalties.   James Helyer could have not been more pleased with both his daughter and her two rides!   Louise Helyer was doing her first BE event in 10 years, and they definitely plan to do more this season, moving up to BE 100 if all goes well.  James tells me he bought them as 4 yr olds, and that they are such lovely characters!   Obviously Louise has put in a lot of work over the past year to do so well in their first event.   Well done Louise and James – good luck in the future!

During the winter showing season, Mathew Lawrence scored a double with his two Connemara rides at Stretcholt’s Winter Show.  Judge Sue Phelan chose Tulira Dardg for top spot in the novice class and Blackthorn Passion in the open class.   Matthew opted to stay on Passion for the championship, when Dardg was ridden by Gemma James to claim the title.   The Tulira Connemara Stud is located in Ireland and Gloucestershire and run by co-owner Serena Cookson, whose grandmother Lady Anne Hamphill founded the stud and is based in Ireland with the renowned connemara stallion Tulira Robuck, Dardg’s sire.  Judge Sue Phelan commented: ‘my champion has a super temperament and is true to type, with lots of timber.  For a stallion he was impeccably behaved for his first outing.  I expect both him and my reserve – a lovely mare – to go on and do very well’.  Blackthorn Passion is by former Olympia ridden champion Bunowen Castle Ri, bred by Jackie Webb.   The 6 yr old did well in-hand, winning at the Royal Show in 2009, and she has won every time out in Picton classes, but hasn’t yet been aimed at RIHS or HOYS qualifiers.   ‘I’ve kept her as a novice to give her time to mature, but she will possibly go on to do the qualifiers later in the year’ said Mathew.

In showjumping, at Ingleston, Alex Gill celebrated his birthday weekend with victory in the Peace, Love, World Pony Adventurer class on his new ride Wildwood Silver.  They finished marginally ahead of local rider PJ Williams with Just Dolce.  ‘He’s a super sort who’s won on all three of his last outings’ said Alex.

At the Arena UK Large Pony Premier show, Emily Ward and Prospect Eddie achieved 2nd place in the first day’s JC qualifier after an electric jump off over Di Boddy’s up to height and technical track, and the following day Scarlett Worrow and Dancing Hero did the same – both just being ‘pipped to the post’ by Millie Allen on Unorthodox Blue, who was in scintillating form.   15 yr old Scarlett was ecstatic with her place ‘I’m a bit starstruck after being in that line up.  Compared with showing, it’s so much harder to get placed, let alone win, in showjumping’.  Prospect Eddie was in excellent form at the Addington Manor Pony Premier show also, taking the Winter JC on both days, with a tight jump-off time giving few clears in the Sunday class.  Emily executed every conceivable inside turn, and stated ‘he’s ‘Mr Consistent’, is usually in the third round and is seriously fast at turning!’’.

Georgina Heeney on Gurteen Champ jumped the sole double clear in both the Blue Chip Coral and JC/JA Pro Sparkle at Quob, Hampshire.   What seemed a straightforward track from Matt Hoskins produced only two clears in the first round.  Georgina said ‘the first round was quite technical, though it seemed straightforward when I walked it.  The spreads were quite wide and I think that was catching some people out – you had to ride positively’.   She had already qualified for the Sapphire and Pro Sparkle, and now she has the Coral qualification too.   7 yr old Gurteen Champ has been owned by Georgina for four years.  She said ‘It’s my final year in juniors and I’m aiming to qualify for HOYS as I’d like to make the most of it.  I jumped my final Foxhunter double clear today, so now we’ll do second rounds’.

In dressage, at the South West Winter Regional Dressage Championships, Sara Squires returned to her happy hunting ground on Linda Penfold’s 15.3hh part-bred connemara Irish Dream to head the medium restricted class.   Sara said ‘He’s a super consistent little horse’!

Clare Day and Ninja II won both elementary tests at Sissons Farm, Cambridgeshire, scoring 65% in elementary 42 and 64% in the elementary 49 qualifier.   The 11 yr old connemara x TB was bought as an allrounder, but Clare has recently been concentrating on flat work.   ‘I was bitten by the dressage bug taking my daughter to shows’ said Clare, ‘and now I’m addicted.   We’ve been working on transitions within the paces to encourage Ninja to engage behind more, and he’s become stronger and finds the work easier’.

Amanda Bowie, who piloted the 10 yr old connemara The Silver Spirit to 69.72% in the novice freestyle at Rowallan, trains with Jane Rutherford.  ‘Alfie had a Rolfing (holistic therapy) session with Pauline Kidd last week’ said Amanda.  ‘I can see a real difference and it seems to make him feel good.

In showing, at the Heart of England show, 19 yr old Lauren Campion and Chilham Aquarius took reserve in the Heritage Pretty Polly section and booked their place at Hickstead.  The 8 yr old gelding by Castle Comet out of Chiltern Quota is home-produced by Lauren, who works full time in the family business making brow bands for the Mrs Candy equestrian range.   The pair also had a fantastic P(UK) winter, taking two championships and RIHS qualification in the intermediate and large breed sections.  Competitors in the outdoor working hunter ring had testing weather but Paul Thompson’s up to height twisting track jumped well.   Champion was Matt Cooper from Yorkshire with his partner of five years Mirah Kilgobben Rebel, a 16 yr old by Westside Mirah, who won the intermediate workers section at the RIHS in 2010.  Matt said ‘he can be very quirky – but he is an out-and-out performer and loves a big track’.

And finally, how to fill in spare time successfully!  Heidi O’Brien went showjumping before the eventing and showing seasons started again, and managed to qualify Ballynahowen King and her other ride for the Horsequest UK novice final.   She says ‘he is quite a challenge – not everyone’s cup of tea, and he’d had five or six homes in Ireland by the time he was 4 yrs old – but he’s a real pocket rocket and shines at eventing!’

Poetic Justice offspring shine in showjumping

Jenny Hagenblad kindly sent us the following images from a Swedish national show jumping competition for ponies. Six of the ponies in the classes varying from 1.10m to 1.30m were by Poetic Justice!

Poetic Gillbert (out of Poetic Annie by Poetic Justice RC 81)

Poetic Gillbert (out of Poetic Annie by Poetic Justice RC 81)

Highlander (out of Krytåsa Kryddan RC 1112 by Brantshammar Korak RC 16)

Highlander (out of Krytåsa Kryddan RC 1112 by Brantshammar Korak RC 16)

Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra RC 1107 by Nice-N-Easy RC 26)

Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra RC 1107 by Nice-N-Easy RC 26)

Poetic Joyce (out of Lolita RC 911 by Värnbergs Neptunus RC 10)

Poetic Joyce (out of Lolita RC 911 by Värnbergs Neptunus RC 10)

Little Wonder (partbred)

Little Wonder (partbred)

Poetic Brummelisa (partbred)

Poetic Brummelisa (partbred)






Australia: Part-bred Feldale Mouse eventing on CCI**

Adelaide International Horse Trails Connemaras Do it Again!

I have written before of the excellent performance of the Australian Connemara Part bred performance at the prestigious Adelaide international Horse trials. This event is only one of four held worldwide and the only one in the Southern hemisphere. The Course is set in the parklands that surround the City and it is both a demanding and yet extremely beautiful course!

“Exmoor Truffles” owned and bred by the Withers Family, a well-known Connemara family in South Australia and ridden by a daughter of the family, competed in 2009 and performed admirably in the CC1 2 star event. “Truffles” had clear Cross Country and Show jumping rounds and was in the top twenty at the end of the Dressage phase. This mare was from a pure Bred Connemara Mare from a well performed Thoroughbred Stallion.

In this year’s event yet another Part Bred Connemara competed and, as one would expect, performed with considerable dash to finish in 11th place overall.

The Connemara in question is “Feldale Mouse”. He is by the extremely well performed Glenormiston Stallion “Glenormiston Praize” from a thoroughbred mare. “Praize” was a top performing Pure Bred Stallion and went on to produce a myriad of top Pure Bred and Part bred performers.

“Feldale Mouse” is a grey gelding and stands 15.3hh. He is owned and ridden by a Queensland rider in Isabel English. The combination competed in the CCI 2 star section of 2011 Adelaide International Horse trials Event.

At the end of the Dressage phase, Isabel and “Feldale Mouse” had a score of 67.8 and were in 41 st place. His forte, as one would expect is the cross Country section and the combination finished this demanding International course with no cross Country penalties and clear on time. “Mouse” entered the Show Jumping phase in 23rd position. After a clear Show Jumping round and clear on time the combination completed the competition with a total score on 67.8 and in 11th Position.

It is sincerely hoped that this combination will continue to perform well throughout the Australian Eventing program and that we will hear more of the performance deeds of this combination. The previous AIHT performer, “Exmoor truffles” has not been heard of in the present season.

John Tennant Publicity officer

More about the Adelaide event: 

Canada: Avenn’s Golden Legacy

Hello, my name is Gillian Trimbee. I am a student in grade twelve at St Francis Xavier High School. This past summer, I spent many memorable weekends participating at horse shows with a very talented mare named “”Fiesta” (Avenn’s Golden Legacy). She is a 14.3” HH connemara pony who has had nine fillies and as the epitome of a successful working mom, still finds time to take me to the shows and compete with style! Fiesta is known for her laid back attitude outside of the ring, and the incredible contrast between that “Senior citizen” and the suddenly young and agile creature in the jumper ring. Quick and careful, a girl could not ask for a better partner in this sport, and passion, of horseback riding. Fiesta is seventeen years old but that certainly doesn’t stop her! We participated in many shows and were almost always in the ribbons, if not first place. The more difficult the courses were was when we were able to show off best. Fiesta, can turn on a dime and maneuver the most difficult course without the need for speed’ !

The highlight of our show season was probably the Jump With Hope For Kids With Cancer Horse Show, having won five hundred dollars in prize money. The proceeds of the show went towards the Kids With Cancer Society. Pictured below is the cooler she won on the Schwab Pontiac Buick Jumper Classic:


(She looks sleepy because when not competing, Fiesta likes to conserve her energy.)

We went to many shows this summer, starting with the Caledonia Horse show:ave2

and ending with the Gorsline Fall Classic. One of my favorites was the Paramount Horse Show in the Calgary/Okatoks area. We won division champions at the 2’9 level and the classic, coming home with a very nice cooler and a complementary stable sheet!

Fiesta’s eager attitude shows in her everyday demeanor. Being very smart, I have her trained to associate her sheepskin shipping halter with horse shows and therefore whenever I go to get her in the field with her “fuzzies”, she gets so excited! Always ready to show off her stuff, she is usually prancing by the time I take her to the trailer.ave3

Overall, this past summer I spent in partnership with Fiesta was very memorable and I learnt a lot about myself and about the art and passion of riding. The spunky buckskin pony is one of a kind, and a sort of mascot for Devon Ridge Farms. She is the foundation mare, as well as the accomplished riding horse we all know and love. She is a pony you can jump on bareback and simply ride for the sheer joy of riding, through the unique Alberta landscapes we are all so fond of, in perfect synchronization. I love this pony very much and will always cherish the memories I have had with her this summer, jumping and showing and galloping on the trails! Gillian Trimbee

ave4Avenn’s Golden Legacy also competed for 5 years for Team Connemara on the Battle of the Breeds competition at Spruce Meadows. Here she is in 1997 competing in the Compulsary ridden test.

“Fiesta”, (Avenn’ s Golden Legacy) is a 1990 mare by Lynfield’ s Cormac MacCarthy x Avenn’ s Golden Ruby. She has produced nine Connemara Fillies for Devon Ridge Farm:
Devon Ridge Magnolia (by Bally’s Friar Tuck), Devon Ridge Goldana (by Wodan hannoverian), Devon Ridge Benita (Bien Mallin’s Little Ben), Devon Ridge Rhiannon (Bien Mallin’s Rory O’Sullivan), Devon Ridge Rhapsody (Bien Mallin’s Rory O’Sullivan), Devon Ridge Golden Treasure by (Bantry Bay’s Dillon), Devon Ridge Fantasia (by Bantry Bay’ s Dillon), Devon Ridge Mercedes (by *Fairyhill Hawk) & Devon’ s My Fair Lady (by *Fairyhill Hawk).


Avenn’ s Golden Legacy with her two fillies by *Fairyhill Hawk.

The Connemara Pony in South Africa



Keirin of Leam by Sean of Leam out of Teresa of Leam, arrived in Zimbabwe in September 1968 imported by Miss Worthington in Zimbabwe. Keirin’s son Dundrum (CPS 800) born 1976, out of Coromandel Abbeyline (CPS 8118) bred by Sydney Press was subsequently acquired by Christine Walwyn. Both were inspected by Donal Kenny in 1985 and registrant with the Irish Connemara Society.


In 1978 Milford Hurricane (CPS 568) (Mervyn Bowsprit – Mervyn Silver Grey) and Crockaun Connemara (also known as Croc on Oir, by the Fugitive – Silver Lace) were purchased for the Lesotho National Stud as the result of a project undertaken by Donal Kenny on behalf of the Irish Government in consultation with the Lesotho Government. The aim of the project was to conserve and improve the Basotho Pony upon whom the Basotho farmers relied heavily as a means for transport. As a result of the Boer War thousands of their best bred stock was lost and the Basotho Pony breed was sadly depleted. The Irish Government donated two stallions, Milford Hurricane and Croc an Oir. They were taken to the Lesotho National Stud at Thaba Tseka.


(L-R: Pictures Christine Walwyn, Progeny of Dundrum; Ashgar Ripley (PB winner of the Connemara Victor Ludorum HOY 2011)

At the same time, in Clarens (South Africa) on the Lesotho Border, Christine Walwyn’s first Connemara Pony Abbeyleix Tansey (CPS 3103) Carna Dun-Pretty Molly) dam of the Cornmandel Abbeyline was purchased by her from Sydney Press. Abbeyline and her daughter Keirina (CPS 119) were given to Mrs Walwyn by Mrs Worthington when Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) was experiencing difficult times. They travelled to safety to South Africa with the stallion Dundrum (CPS 800) these four ponies became the foundation of the Ashgar Stud whose aim was to provide children’s ponies for all disciplines. Later Mrs Walwyn leased Croc an Oir from the Basotho Pony Stud. After a perilous journey through the Lesotho Mountains he arrived safely at the Ashgar Stud where he sired Ashgar Doo Gary, Ashgar Donegal and Ashgar Karralee. These three ponies brought new bloodlines to the Ashgar Stud.

At last all three of the original bloodlines imported from different sources at different times and so widely came together at Ashgar Stud in the Free State.

Today, Ashgar Doo Gary and Ashgar Donegal are near retirement age and are resident at Ashgar Stud in Clarens. Ashgar has been represented in the junior showing and eventing teams throughout South Africa.


L-R: Kilshane Christoper Robin (CPBS 97/511 Sire – Templebready Fear Bui, Dam Wild Winnie) ridden by Bronwyn Hughes, Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

L-R: Kilshane Christoper Robin (CPBS 97/511 Sire – Templebready Fear Bui, Dam Wild Winnie) ridden by Bronwyn Hughes, Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

In 1998 Ian and Bea Hurst moved to the Western Cape South Africa. They brought with them two stallions, Kilshane Clover (Irish Draught) and Kilshane Christopher Robin (1997 Connemara). The stud is now firmly established on their farm in the Franschoek district, where the broodmares and weanlings are kept. They currently breed with their two stallions and do not make use of imported semen. Kilshane Christopher Robin stands in Gauteng where he competes regularly in showing and eventing. He has won the Connemara Working Riding championship in 2010 as well as the In-hand Championship for Connemaras at the Horse of the Year Show in 2009.

Christopher Robin’s dam won several show classes, whilst his sire was winner of the 1993 and 1994 performance test programme run by the Irish Government. Christopher Robin’s pedigree shows the presence of bay lines, important in keeping hard colours and avoiding blue-eyed creams. He also shows the typical characteristics of his breed, having a super temperament, intelligence, hardiness, and good jumping ability. He has part-bred foals competing in the Cape, Free State and Gauteng areas of South Africa.


L -R: Ashgar Ripley (Part-bred WB x Conn by Christopher Robin); Victor Ludorum Horse of the Year 2011; Millsleigh James Morrison (Part-bred Thb x Conn by Christopher Robin); Ashgar Ripley; Millsleigh Jonathan Jo (Part-bred Thb x Conn by Christopher Robin) Stallion: Ashgar Cruising CSSA 1004 (by Ashgar Donegal -Sire Croc on Nor, Dam Coromandel Abbeyline out of Dam Dun o’Clair – Sire Dundrum, Dam Abbeyleix Tansey)

L -R: Ashgar Ripley (Part-bred WB x Conn by Christopher Robin); Victor Ludorum Horse of the Year 2011; Millsleigh James Morrison (Part-bred Thb x Conn by Christopher Robin); Ashgar Ripley; Millsleigh Jonathan Jo (Part-bred Thb x Conn by Christopher Robin) Stallion: Ashgar Cruising CSSA 1004 (by Ashgar Donegal -Sire Croc on Nor, Dam Coromandel Abbeyline out of Dam Dun o’Clair – Sire Dundrum, Dam Abbeyleix Tansey)

Since 2005 Millsleigh Irish Sport Horse and Pony Stud has been a breeder and producer of quality young Sport Horses of Irish Draught lines (Stallions: Kinvara’s Etherow Impasse and Gleneagle Rebel) with proven Thoroughbred sport horses from Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Polo disciplines. The foundation mares were and continue to be selected for their temperament, athleticism and proven record. Progeny are now aged between 9 months (including a surviving twin filly) and 5 years. After critical review of the mares’ strengths and weaknesses, the Kinvara, Ashgar and Kilshane stallions were chosen to compliment the mares’ temperaments, conformation and to add height, substance and quality. All progeny were bred by Artificial Insemination to Irish Draught and Connemara stallions based in other parts of the country which presents many logistical challenges. The strategy of the stud is to breed and produce Eventers, Working Hunters and Working Hunter Pony stars of the future with added social, easy going temperaments.

Ashgar Cruising a young stallion now five-years-old is the resident foundation stallion at the Millsleigh Irish Sport and Pony Stud (owned by Dipereng Equestrian Services) near Ladybrand in the Free State Province. 2011-12 is his first breeding season, with two pure-bred Ashgar mares by Dundrum, Ashgar Felipe and Gaymaree and several thoroughbred mares. We are looking forward to seeing his first pure and part-bred progeny during the next years. He is currently lunging and has been backed. He has shown very successfully locally in hand, being placed first and champion at Ashgar’s winter show as a three-year-old and first place at the Welsh Society’s Summer Show in Johannesburg in 2010. He will make his first national show debut at the Horse of the Year show in 2012.

Article written by: Zena Penfold (Millsleigh Irish Horse and Pony Stud) Contact details: , cell: +27 836161094


Swedish News, April 2012


New year, new competition season and by now it should be safe to assume that last year’s competition results have all been reported. Which means time to summarize the most successful competition ponies of 2011. In dressage, Backens Lotus (by the Elite premium stallion Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) was the Connemara to gain the highest number of competition points. With his 289 dressage points he ended up in place 18 of all the dressage ponies of all breeds. Lotus is now teaching the art of dressage to a new rider and together they have already won a couple of classes at the regional level and are presently the highest ranked Connemara in place 18.

The blood of Rory Ruadh through his two Swedish sons (and full brothers) Rolls Royce and Juno Rory, continues to be a safe recipe for dressage performance. Lotus’s half brother Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona) and Ally Mc Coist (by Juno Rory out of Brolo ̈tens Alo ́e) both finished 2011 among the top ten dressage Connemaras. Juno Rory’s and Rolls Royce’s maternal half brother Janus also had a son on the top ten last yearwiththedunO ̈strahultsBenz(outofO ̈strahultsSonette)finishingin7thplace.

A successful dressage combination is that of Shirley’s Thunderbell and Hagens Ellina who together have produced two dressage ponies both ending on the top ten Connemaras for 2011. K ̈ohls Evelina finished in third place (64th among all breeds) and K ̈ohls Fidolina took number five (89th among all breeds). Thunderbell’s half brother Countach Campbell is the sire of the blue eyed cream Tic Tac who did so well last year and finished as the second most successful dressage Connemara of 2011 with a 63rd place among all breeds.

Figure 1: O ̈strahults Benz (by Janus out of O ̈strahults Sonette), 7th best dressage Con- nemara in 2011. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: O ̈strahults Benz (by Janus out of O ̈strahults Sonette), 7th best dressage Con- nemara in 2011. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Among the rest of the top ten Connemaras Va ̈rnbergs Orion boasts a son in Ilion (out of Myk ́ene) in 6th place and a grandson in Okay Cosmos (by Cannon out of Iowa) in 8th place. The fourth ranking pony Lofty Roseanne (77th among all breeds) instead has a fully Irish pedigree being by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Rolo. Best among the partbreds 2011 was Poetic Poetry by the Elite stallion Poetic Justice, otherwise best known for his jumping offspring.

Turningtothisyear’sresultsinstead,wefindanewnameinO ̈nnarpsKurant(byAladdin out of Cillva II) who has been placed at national level during the early competitions of the year. It will be interesting to see how he will succeed during the rest of the year. Another interesting name is Molliere (by Juno Rory out of Brol ̈otens Samba) who can be found among the top 100 after a win and a second place at the regional level. Molliere was last summer’s Swedish Connemara Champion in dressage and it is nice to see him continue do well. Among the top 100 we also have the new name Hansas Daisy (by Lofty Roderic out of Hagens Naughty-Nora) and Ko ̈hls Fidolina, Lofty Roseanne and Tic Tac all presented above.

Figure 2: Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S), third best Connemara in eventing. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S), third best Connemara in eventing. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad


The number of ponies gaining points in eventing were up slightly compared to last year. The pony gathering the most eventing points of all breeds was the Connemara partbred Casper (by Cannon), half brother of the dressage pony Okay Cosmos mentioned above. Among the purebreds the most successful pony was the approved stallion Nice-n’-Curly (by the Elite stallion Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) who was placed 12 overall. Second to him was Kasper Kavat (out of Carnaby Kajsa Kavat) a half brother of Tic Tac who was placed 19 among all breeds. Third was Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S) followed by Moon Struck (out of Moon Light) who is by the old Nordic eventing championship gold medal winner Uranus. The last Connemara to gain eventing points during 2011 was the Irish import Glendun Lad (by Moyans Little Monkey out of Murphy Blue).

Show Jumping

The Connemaras were doing well in show jumping in 2011. All top ten Connemaras were among the top 100 (and indeed almost the top 50) show jumping ponies of all breeds. The Elite stallion Poetic Justice, now in France, had two daughters among the ten: Irish bred Poetic Moonlight (out of Lehid Vida) finished as number four (19th of all breeds) and Swedish bred Poetic Annie (out of the Elite mare Myrens Anitra) was tenth among the Connemaras and 54th of all breeds. Another Swedish bred pony to make the top ten was Desdemona (by Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) finishing 5th (24th of all breeds).

The Swiss import Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch) was the most successful Connemara in 2011 finishing 6th among ponies of all breeds after a strong season. A nose hair behind Little Finnigan was the French bred Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) in 7th place among all breeds.

The remaining ponies on the top ten were all Irish bred. The little mare Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) has long been a resident of the top end of the result lists of national competitions. This year she took a bronze at the Swedish championships and finished third on the Connemara pony ranking as well. Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out Dunamoney Lass) finished in 6th place (33rd among all breeds), ahead of the new name Dunbelievable (by Kylemore Rocky out of Primula Pearls Blazer, 39th among ponies of all breeds). Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) had a good year participating in both the European and the Nordic championships and took a team gold at the latter event. In the 2011 ranking he was 8th among the Connemaras (41st among all breeds) ahead of Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady) in 9th place (46th of all breeds).

Looking at this year’s ranking so far Brolo ̈tens Cloetta is leading the pack of Connemaras. Cloetta (out of Molly) has an interesting pedigree with the old dressage ace Juno Rory as her sire. Clearly she knows how to jump as well. Another interesting name is the French stallion Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Underline of Laps) in place 18 who has already won at both regional and national level this year. The mare Brittney (out of the Elite mare Hagens Grandezza), a half sister to the dressage pony Lofty Roseanne mentioned above, has also had a promising start and is presently in place

Figure 3: Brittney (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Hagens Grandezza), presently in place 76 of the show jumping ponies. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Brittney (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Hagens Grandezza), presently in place 76 of the show jumping ponies. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

76. Her daughter Holmtebo Bridie (by Hagens D’Arcy) earned a jumping award at her three-year-old-test in 2009 and proved that Brittney indeed also pass on her jumping genes.

Poetic Justice as always has several offspring among the top 100. In addition to last year’s number ten Poetic Annie, Highlander (out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) and the partbred Little Wonder are also among the top 100 so far. Another sire to have more than one offspring among the 100 first is Westside Fred. Lexus Justice is presently in number 9 and the partbred Wutang is found a bit further down in place 45. Three names from last year’s top ten Connemaras are also among the first 100 Sceilig Siofra, Ix de l’Aulne and Drumcong Finn, while the partbred Hip Hop (by Pommac) has had a great start and is fifth so far.

Stallion Inspections

After a warm and sunny March, winter returned in time for the stallion inspections and sleet was falling all through the day. Thank goodness for indoor schools. Four three-year- olds, three four-year-olds and two older stallions came forward at the inspections, but disappointingly none of the boys was considered to be of sufficient quality to be passed as a stallion. Irish born Castle Verdi (by Janus out of Orph ́ee Schueracher) and French born Vox Pop de l’Aulne (by Glenree de l’Aulne out of Ies de l’Aulne) had conformation scores closes to the approval threshold and hopefully they or one of the others can come back next year and show a stronger conformation after maturing a little. In the loose jumping Count on Courageous (by Coosheen Finbarr out of Count on Chiquita) shone with the highest points for the day for both technique and temperament but did not fit the bill with his conformation.

Figure 4: Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes), new Connemara stallion in Sweden. Photo: Anders Gustafson

Figure 4: Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes), new Connemara stallion in Sweden. Photo: Anders Gustafson

The older, already approved, stallions were reviewed with respect to their offspring. Ha- gens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning) could be given an A premium for his offspring’s good conformation. The late Janus (by Øxenholm Marble Jr out of Brantshammar Julie) was given a posthumous Elite premium only awarded to stallions with progeny of exceptional quality. Janus is now the second generation Elite premium stallion as his sire also is one.

The 16-year-old French bred Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc) has been in Sweden for a couple of years now. His dam Hilda des Ludes is the mother of 19 foals, five of which has taken part in the European Championships. Before coming here Idefix had a successful show jumping career in France and participated in the European Championships in 2005. He has continued to do well show jumping here ranking number 6 among ponies of all breeds and 2nd among the Connemaras in 2010. Due to his busy competition schedule he was unable to be present at the stallion inspections but was given a dispensation to be inspected in a separate inspection. Happily, Idefix fulfilled all the necessary quality requirements and could be passed as a stallion giving us one new stallion this year.

/Jenny Hagenblad