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

News from England

The Scottish group have a diary of events for 2011 that should be of interest to members. This includes clinics, group shows, and visits to veterinary clinics, a racing yard and of course the AGM. Something for every one and it is hoped that as many as possible can attend and thus foster the Connemara pony even further in the North.

Just across the border in Northern Island a new show will take place on 4th June in County Wicklow. Ponies from the UK have been invited to attend. 25 classes are planned and this includes a semi-final qualifier for the BSPS Olympia ridden Mountain and Moorland final, working Hunter and high Jump, as well as in hand classes. Lovely to see new shows and events being developed to indicate the Performance qualities of our wonderful ponies.

The 2010 Olympia Mountain and moorland Championship was won by a Dartmoor Stallion, Pumpkin Buckthorn whilst the reserve was taken out by a Connemara Stallion, Connemara best of breed Lecarrow King. (Village Boy – Lecarrow) owned by LDY Vestey and her sister Henrietta Knight.

The British Connemara pony Society Performance Award scheme for 2009 – 2010 that covers Show jumping, Dressage, One day events, Working Hunter, Driving and Endurance riding has been determined. The overall winner was Gay Worrow’s Silver Fox. Runner up was Delmrose Applejack, owned by Kath Wilkinson. Third place was filled by Mrs S Evans Hookey Quaverlough.

The part bred Connemara award was taken by Mrs J Brown’s Windchimes Blue Jazz with Jan Funnell’s Deards Blue Peter being awarded third placing.

With summer appearing from the doom and gloom of the English winter the winter greater performance news should begin to appear soon.

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Australian Report, Nov. 2010

AUSTRALIAN CONNEMARA PONY 2010

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Consistent drought conditions through almost all States of Australia in the past few years have resulted in a considerable fall in Equestrian events and horse participation. Spring 2009 and Summer 2010 really hit hard but those Connemara ponies out competing showed their true talents and adaptability with quality results in a number of disciplines throughout Australia.

The Victorian Gelding “Monahan Harrison” (Ben Dhui Diccon – Wychwood Lady) has displayed tremendous Jumping ability and won two State Show Jumping Championships and competed successfully in Junior 95cm and Junior 6 Bar competition. He has competed in Pony Club State Dressage with 2nd place overall in C Grade dressage and placed fourth in Teams competition. 2010 saw him competing in Pony Club Eventing and this discipline was yet another field in which he has excelled.

Another Connemara pony came to light at an ‘all breeds country horse sale’. Ballantrae Turkish Delight (Toorigal Danny Boy – Ballantrae Treacle) was bought as “breed unknown’ and discovered to be a pure bred Connemara. He has gone ahead in leaps and bound with his new owner with wins and champion ribbons at “in hand” classes and wins and placings in Show Jumping. His diversity has also seen him with wins and placings in Dressage at levels 3 – 4 and 5. The real achievement for this “find” pony was being awarded the Barostoc Champion led and ridden Gelding classes in Victoria for 2010.

Newlands Cascade (Newlands Gideon – Boonahburra Red Robin) gave an impressive performance at the Melbourne Royal wining the best Led, Supreme Mountain and Moorland and placed in the “All Breeds” championship. Another Victorian Connemara Boonahburrah Faintail (Celtic Micael McGee – Boonahburra Red Robin) qualified for the “DESSAGE WITH THE STARS” program at just her 2nd Dressage competition.

“Binnowie Mandolin” (Glenormiston Fintan – Binnowie Eileen) is yet another Connemara showing true performance traits. Purchased as a 12 yr old with little or no training, in just 12 months, he has competed successfully in Pony Club Dressage, consistently scoring in preliminary and a 5th place in State Championships and 1st or top 3rd placings in level 2 and State Championships. His talents are not limited to Dressage as he has been placed at EFA Junior Pre Introductory One day Eventing and 80 & 90 cm Pony Club Inter School Show jumping.

Other prominent Connemaras performing during 2010 have been “Glenormiston
Finnigan” (Glenormiston Finbar – Glenormiston Elebration). He has competed very successfully at Pony club, Show Jumping, Hunter Trials, One day eventing and competitive Trail Rides. “Glenormiston Dunmurry” (Castle Baron – Glenormiston Rosmara) is waving the connemara flag in Australia in the Dressage field with nine 1st placings in numerous Dressage competitions including National Interschool Championships.

The part bred gelding ‘Exmoor Truffles” ( Thoroughbred sire Cosine – Exmoor Sugar Gum) has been performing brilliantly in the Eventing field. In late spring 2009, he competed in the Adelaide International Horse trials CCI 2 star event. This was a big, imposing course for the 15hh “Truffles” yet in true Connemara style he competed all phases successfully finishing in mid field. Prior to this event he had won and was placed in numerous Horse trials in Victoria and South Australia.

“CONNEMARA PONY SHOW CASE” a new Connemara pony show event that is developing into one of the major Connemara pony shows in Australia, held its second “Show Case” at the Werribee Equestrian Centre, Victoria in July 2010.

The event had a two day program. Saturday was “Show and tell” with National judges giving new, young and experienced riders and handlers excellent instructions and demonstrations in all facets of in hand, ridden working Hunter, Showjumping and Six Bar work. Many of the top Connemara performance Ponies competed on Sunday – Performance day” with “In Hand”, working Hunter, beginners and open Show jumping, Six Bar events and Dressage.

“Ballintapper Galahad” was awarded the supreme Connemara Performance Pony award, for ponies under 14.2hh. “Celtic Fairy tale” was awarded Supreme Part Bred Connemara Performance pony, with the highest scoring jumping Connemara Pony award going to the most consistent Connemara pony showjumping in Australia “Monahan Harrison”.

Pony Dressage is a growing event “Down Under” and the Connemara pony is again showing its multiple talents in this field. “Boonahburra Fantail” is performing well as is the 13.2hh “Smak the Pony” a striking Dun part bred Pony is excelling in Free style, and has taken out numerous Pony Dressage events in 2010.

2009 – 2010 has seen a strong emergence of Performance Connemara ponies in Australia and the oft stated comment “Jump on a Connemara and really go places” is being well and truly being proven.

J. Tennant,
Publicity officer ICCPS

Iccps newsletter Nov 2010

Autumn report from Swedish Connemara Society

Dressage

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.

Eventing

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

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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.

UNITED KINGDOM

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

IRELAND

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

Report and results from Swedish Connemara Show 2010

swedish_riks_2010_img_0National Connemara Show in Alingsås

On July 24th the national show for the Connemara ponies took place. Judging exhibition classes was invited from France Yvonne Held, who raises both Connemara and Shetland po- nies in the stud Schuracher, together with Christina Sjölander-Johansson from Bolle stud in Bollebygd. Working Hunter class was judged by Mary Holdhaus and ridden classes by Anna Iletorp.

The weather was with us and assessment of the young horses in the morning started with one year old fillies. Beautiful Bride Broderick was winning out of this class that included three participants. Gelding 3 & 1 year old had only one participant each and they were awar- ded a bronze medal. The full range was used by our judging couple. Two-year colt / gelding was also alone, but won a silver plaque. The notified five two years would be four mares with a streak and won did Fredericksminde Lofty Made with a silver. From Bjennesby and Ker- stin Johansson was the victor in the three-year class for fillies and Hagen Cup, Bjennesby Fergi. Fergi a powerful individual by Poetic Justice, was reserve champion young horses bea- ten by the one-year old filly Bride Broderick.

Bride Broderick s. Coosheen Finbarr RC 99 Junior Champion

Bride Broderick
s. Coosheen Finbarr RC 99 Junior Champion

After lunch was mare classes and Maggie May RC 1405 was the first to win a gold plaque. The next mare class received three gold plaques and winners were Dangan Memory RC GB M 1787. Lovön Destiny RC 1117 winner of next class and a gold. The class of mares not yet in the studbook held high class and the first two received the gold, won the class did Gentle Farm’s Breeze.

Dangan Memory RC GB M 1787 s Castlestrange Fionn S 1046 reserve Supreme Champion

Dangan Memory RC GB M 1787
s Castlestrange Fionn S 1046 reserve Supreme Champion

Foal class was fine five participants and winners would be a daughter of last year’s stallion leased to Sweden, Clifden de l’Aulne. Mother is Yasmin Broderick and class of a high stan- dard in all but one foal received a gold rank on the plaque.
Stallion classes are of course one of the highlights of the exhibitions and not many guys were notified but those who came received gold plaques. Winner here were Coosheen Fin- barr RC 99 before Starrhults Bossanova RC 106.

Coosheen Finbarr RC 99 s Glencarrig Prince S 1073 Supreme Champion

Coosheen
Finbarr RC 99
s Glencarrig Prince S 1073
Supreme Champion

The old Connemaras, 18 year-old Kazmir got a nice gold plaque.

Last out of the day of the exhibition was the gelding class where Carl Bosson and his pony Elphin Darwin not only did they win the class but is also a fine display price which also Isa- belle Svensk received showing the one year old Bride Broderick.

That would be a very long days coming to an end and finals. Champion young horse had already been appointed in this morning’s assessment of Bride Broderick as the winner. Color Cup, where black, brown or chestnut coloured ponies may be shown to have participated in the day. Winner would be mare Maggie May RC 1405 (bay) with reserve Shade’s Dark Rosa- lee RC 1368 (black).

Best gelding was Elphin Darwin and it was time for Best In Show. In all that has been awarded gold or class winner with no less than silver. After few turns in the ring was stallion Coosheen Finbarr RC 99 to be today’s most beautiful pony with the mare Dangan Memory RC GB M in 1787 as a reserve.

Swedish News, June 2010

Dressage

We’re half-way through the year and it’s time to take a peak at the rankings for the competing ponies. In dressage there are seven purebred Connemaras and two partbreds among the top 100 ponies. Compared to last years final ranking there are both some familiar old faces and some new names.

Of the ones figuring in last years final ranking the partbred riding pony stallion Verdi (maternal grandsire Lofty Roderic) is presently highest placed in 5th place. He has been out competing internationally with two fifths from a dressage competition in Moorsele. Another partbred from last year’s top 100 is Poetic Poetry. Her sire Poetic Justice is known for siring excellent show jumper and his offspring has not been seen so much in the dressage arena, but Poetic Poetry shows that they can also do dressage with the very best and he has several wins on the national level so far this year.

Among the purebreds Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) is presently in 25th place after some strong national competing. He represented Sweden at the Nordic – Baltic Championships in Drammen in Norway the first weekend of July and was there part of the silver-winning team of ponies 130 – 140 cm. Lotus’ cousin Golden Garlic (by Rolls Royce’s full brother Juno Rory out of Ambrosia) also continues to do well, competing mostly at the regional level so far this year. A third pony who has stayed in the top 100 since last year is the reliable Hagens Qumulus (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Fondora). He has participated both in the European and the Nordic Championships several times and has hardly been out of the top 10 dressage Connemaras since 1996. This year he turns 20, but is still going strong.

Figure 1: Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi), taking the second place at last year’s Swedish Connemara dressage Championships. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi), taking the second place at last year’s Swedish Connemara dressage Championships. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Among the newcomers we find another of Rolls Royce’s offspring, Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona), who with his present 7th place is the highest placed Connemara. He has had a successful career as a young pony competing, and doing well, in the different young pony finals. Now he’s proving to be just as strong among adult ponies, being just shy of scoring 70 % in one of his competitions lately. A bit further down we find some more new names. Pyramus (by Janus out of Olympia II) is presently in 38 place. Last year he was third at the Connemara dressage championships and he continues in strength. Pyramus has V ̈arnbergs Orion as his maternal grandsire and is thus closely related to Hagens Qumulus and other successful dressage Connemaras.

Another familiar face from the Swedish Connemara dressage championships to appear in the top 100 so far this year is Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi). Last year he was second in the Connemara dressage championships for the smaller ponies. This year he has won on his only national competition so far. The final Connemara to be found on the present top 100 is K ̈ohls Evelina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina). She is a full sister of K ̈ohls Fidolina who was on last year’s ranking and she is also related to Tic Tac as they share the Elite stallion Brantshammar Bell Dara as their paternal grandsire.

Eventing

Sadly there have been very few Connemaras (or even ponies in general) eventing so far this year. The stallion Nice-n-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II ) has been by far the most successful Connemara, but was unable to clear the vetting at his last competition. Fingers crossed it is nothing serious and that we will soon see this grand old gentleman out and about again.

Show Jumping

The list of the 100 most successful show jumping ponies so far this year has some lovely reading for the Connemara friend. No less than 14 purebred and four partbred Con- nemaras rank among the top 100. The most successful sire, as usual one might almost add, is Poetic Justice (by Ballydonagh Cassanova out of Gloves Misty) with two pure (Poetic Annie out of Myrens Anitra and Highlander out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) and two partbreds (Little Wonder and Poetic Shano) on the list. Poetic Annie did well at the Elite competitions at Norrk ̈oping Horse and Pony Show in May where she was 3rd in a 1m20 class. She was also 4th at the Swedish show jumping championships for ponies 130 – 140 cm. Little Wonder is presently fifth in the show jumping Ridsport Pony Cup among the ponies 130 – 140 cm.

Other Swedish-born Connemaras to do well so far are Tammy Lane (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of My Lane), the partbred Hip Hop (by Pommac) and presently ranking number six Desdemona (By Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo). This fantastic mare is presently the most successful Swedish-bred show jumper of all breeds. She competed internationally at the Baltic Cup in Vilhelmsborg, Denmark, where she was second in the 1m20 Grand Prix class as well as winning two other classes. She is presently third in the Ridsport Pony Cup for 130 – 140 cm ponies, just behind Hip Hop.

Figure 2: Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (partbred by Templebready Fear Bui) Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (partbred by Templebready Fear Bui) Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

But performance Connemaras are also very popular to import and imported Connemaras have done very well too this year. In particular the French ”I crop”, that is foals born in 1996, has done very well in Sweden. Presently both the leader of the show jumping ranking and the runner up (Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Underline of Laps) and Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes) respectively) are French bred Connemaras born in 1996 as is the present number 13, Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne). All three boys have been successful both in Sweden and internationally with Ice and Fire d’Albran winning at both Middelfart and Vilhelmsborg in Denmark and Ix de l’Aulne winning in Vestfold in Norway. Ix was furthermore fourth at the Swedish championships for ponies 140 – 148 cm while Idefix was part of the gold winning team at the Nordic-Baltic championships for ponies 140 – 148 cm and he has been selected to represent Sweden at this year’s European championships.

Another French bred Connemara to jump well this year, both nationally and interna- tionally is Lover de Vauper (by Thunder du Blin out of Daphne de la Dive), while the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch, competing as Little Finnigan) has been one of the more successful ponies in the category 130 – 140 cm. He took a bronze at the Swedish show jumping championships as well as an individual and a team gold at the Nordic-Baltic championships.

Of course a large number of performance Connemaras come here from Ireland too and presently there are no less than five Irish bred Connemaras among the top 100 show jumpers. Of these Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden), Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) and Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) have featured before in my Swedish news. Hesperus Eagle (by Ashfield Jovial Joker out of Ashfield Spinks), Harnells Tricky Dicky (by Rynn Richard out of Fermoyle Heather) and the partbred Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (by Templebready Fear Bui) are interesting new names regularly seen at the top of result lists.

Some Man for One Man continues to do very well and was second at the 1m30 Grand Prix class at Moorsele, Belgium in April. He is also one of the ponies that will represent Sweden at the European show jumping championships in Bishop Burton at the end of this month. The partbred Tullineaskey Fear Ideas has been very successful in the pony category 130 – 140 cm. He has been winning both at Drammen in Norway and at Vilhelmsborg in Denmark, and he is presently sixth after three Ridsport Pony Cup qualifiers. Among the ponies 140 – 148 cm Westside Padraigh (by Westside Fred out of Aran Suzy) is in fourth place after winning the first of the qualifiers. The leading lady of Ridsport Pony Cup is however Sceilic Siofra among the 130 – 140 cm ponies who is well ahead of her competitors after winning two out of three qualifiers. Rumour has it that she after many successful seasons among in the show jumping circuit may retire soon to breeding. Let’s hope all goes well and so that she can pass on her exceptional performance genes.

Showing

A couple of local shows have been held. In mid-June Norrk ̈opings Ridklubb, the venue for last year’s breed show, gathered a nice crowd of ponies to be shown both in hand and under saddle. Twelve of the ponies shown were awarded golds and Hagens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning) was given a gold for his progeny group and won the class. In the championship ring, however, it was his sire Hagens O’Chief who could see his daughter Hagens Bella (out of Hagens Xquisite) take home the Champion title with D’Arcy’s two-year-old daughter Holmtebo Winding Rose (out of Holmtebo Wait For Me) as the reserve. The two ridden classes were won by Hagens Bonnie (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Winnie Love) and Holmtebo April Lily (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Ayla) respectively with Blackbird (by Golden Rover out of Lady Chief) winning the Working Hunter Pony class.

Figure 3: Hagens Bella (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Xquisite) at the 2009 breed show where she also was gold awarded and won her class. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Hagens Bella (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Xquisite) at the 2009 breed show where she also was gold awarded and won her class. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

There has also been some local pony shows where Best of Breed titles have gone to Lowis Calla May (by Juno Rory out of Merrielegs), Hagens Bonnie and Hagens Yoleen (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Hagens Surf) and Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May-Li) was the highest scoring Connemara at a drop-in show where no Best of Breed title was awarded.

Young ponies

A few of this year’s three-year-old tests has been held during the spring with others due to be held during August and September. At the test in O ̈rebro Arda’s Sprinter (by Hagens O’Chief out of Backuddens Greenwood Haze) showed his talent over fences and was given a jumping award. Sprinter is thereby qualified for the finals this autumn, and hopefully he will be joined by other Connemaras after the summer.

/Jenny Hagenblad