We are beginning to see the end of another year and we can tentatively begin to summarize the Connemara year 2011. The competition season still continues with indoor events so there may still be changes in the performance rankings before the year is over, but the in hand shows and the young pony events have all been completed.
In the dressage ranking Backens Lotus (by the Elite premium stallion Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) has continued to do well throughout the season and he is the highest ranked Connemara in 17th place. In the Swedish dressage championships he could not quite manage to repeat last year’s silver medal but was still placed fifth among the 130 – 140 cm ponies. He has now been advertised for sale and will most likely bring on a new young dressage rider next year.
The second highest ranking dressage Connemara at the time of writing is the blue eyed cream Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of Ko ̈hls Rapsodi) who is presently in place 59, just a few points ahead of his cousin Ko ̈hls Evelina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) in 60th place. Both Countach Campbell and Shirley’s Thunderbell are by snother Elite premium stallion, Brantshammar Bell Dara. Shirley’s Thunderbell has another daughter in the top 100, Evelina’s full sister Ko ̈hls Fidolina who is presently ranked number 88. A new name on the top 100 dressage ponies is Lofty Roseanne (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of the Elite premium mare Rolo) who is ranked number 74 at the moment.
The partbreds Poetic Poetry (by the Elite premium stallion Poetic Justice) and Chopin AM (maternal grandsire Tootle U) have also continued to do well during the summer and autumn and are now in place 36 and 39 respectively. Poetic Poetry was placed 8th in the Swedish dressage championships and he also participated in the Nordic dressage championships where he was part of the bronze-winning Swedish team.
The interest in eventing has been fairly low in Sweden lately, but it now seems to be on the increase and with the eventing season over there are seven pure and partbred with eventing competition points. The highest ranking eventer for 2011 is the old partbred Connemara trouper Casper (by Cannon). The highest ranking purebred is another old veteran, the stallion Nice-n’-Curly (out of Corinne II), by the Elite stallion Nice-n’-Easy. Nice-n’-Curly participated in the Nordic eventing championships where he took a creditable individual bronze medal. Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S) finished 25th and Glendun Lad (by Moyans Little Monkey out of Murphy Blue) finished 46th.
There are also some new names on the list of Connemaras with eventing points. Kasper Kavat (out of Carnaby Kajsa Kavat), another pony by the above-mentioned Countach Campbell, finished in 17th place, ahead of the partbred Lakeview Decs Joy (by Ballintub- ber Lad) in 19th place, Calabash (maternal grandsire Gloves Duke) in place 28 and Moon Struck (out of Moon Light) in 27th place. Moon Struck’s sire Uranus was himself a suc- cessful eventer in the 1990’s winning the individual Nordic championship gold in 1998 and a team gold in 1999 as well as individual gold and silver at the Swedish eventing championships in 1996 and 1999 respectively.
This year, for the first time, Connemara ponies have been able to compete for the title Swedish Connemara champion in eventing. The title was awarded together with a compe- tition open for all breeds and the title went to Halle Salix (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Saga).
Among the show jumping top 100 ponies there are no less than 17 pure and partbred Connemaras. Three of the purebreds are Swedish-born: Desdemona (by Brolo ̈tens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) in 12th place in the ranking and taking 10th place at the Swedish championships;Phalcon(bytheElitepremiumstallionO ̈xenholmMarbleJroutofGra ̈ns Lady Stella) in 38th place and Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra) presently placed 53 and one of Poetic Justice’s many successful show jumping offspring.
Poetic Justice also has an Irish born daughter, Poetic Moonlight (out of Lehid Vida) in 23rd place and other Connemaras bred in Ireland among the top 100 are Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) ranked in 7th place after among other things a bronze medal at the Swedish championships, Dunbelievable (by Kylemore Rocky out of Primula Pearls Blazer) in place 34, Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady) currently ranking 42 and Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) in 62nd place. Other imports are Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch) from Switzerland who presently holds the third place in the ranking; the French-born Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) who was 6th at the Swedish championships and is placed 15 in the ranking and the Danish Nygaards Fo ̈lfod (by Baunely’s Dipper out of Skovbo’s Dorthealilje) rounding off the top 100.
The partbred Connemaras are also continuing to jump well. There’s a new Irish name, Wutang who is yet another of Westside Fred’s successfully jumping offspring, and the Swedish Hilma (another one by Poetic Justice) and Hip Hop (by Pommac) all making the top 100. A special mention, however, must be made of Sa’feds Frosty (maternal grandsire Roundstone Chief) who at the age of 22 still is competing very successfully and presently is the highest ranking partbred in 47th place. He gained his first competition points in 1994 and has been active in the show jumping circuit ever since, most years ranking top 100 with a succession of riders. What a pony.
Since the unusually early national show in June a local show has been held at Bjo ̈rba ̈ck in Southern Sweden in collaboration with the New Forest society. Some 35 ponies were entered and participated both in hand and under saddle. In the in hand classes the yearling filly Big’s Cha Cha Cha (by Clifden de l’Aulne out of Lofty Abigail) took the youngstock champion title with the three-year-old filly Aramos Lucy (by Aladdine out of Rodbella) standing reserve. Lucy’s half sister O ̈nnarps Melizza (out of O ̈nnarps Graze) too the supreme championship title with Big’s Cha Cha Cha as reserve.
The ridden classes were held in mixed classes together with the foresters. The Open ridden class, however, had only Connemara participants and was won by the stallion Coosheen Finbarr (by Glencarrig Prince out of Scarteen Mistral). The Open Working Hunter Pony class was won by a New Forest, but with a Connemara, Lofty Rowena (out of Lofty Romilly, half sister of the above mentioned Lofty Roseanne), a daughter of Coosheen Finbarr’s in second place.
Young pony activities
At this year’s young pony finals the Connemaras truly proved their worth as talented jumpers. The youngest ponies, the three-year-olds already set the stage for a memorable Connemara weekend. Among the ponies in height category D (140 – 148 cm) the first and fourth placed were all Connemara ponies with the second and third placed riding ponies both were partbred Connemaras. It was also a triumph for the Irish-born stallion Castleside JJ who had his first Swedish-born crop on site. JJ is the sire both of the winning Lofty Fionnuala (out of Lofty Fiona) and Hagalyckans Justin (out of Idholmens Zibylla) placed fourth. The riding pony Fix William (maternal grandsire Juno Rory) took second place and Poetic Starfighter (by Poetic Justice) took third.
Among the three-year-olds competing in the ”movements” category Holmtebo Yale (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Hagens Yanine) was fourth in height category D. Yeats full brother Holmtebo Yeats then stepped forward among the four-year-olds and took second place in the jumping for category D. The five-year-olds finally also saw some strong jumping performances among the Connemaras. The stallion Poetic Kelly (by Poetic Justice out of Lofty Dusty Rambler) followed up on the talent he has already shown at three and four years of age and he won category D. Third placed to him was the riding pony Amoro (by Kamillo av Haga) with another Connemara in fourth place, Holmtebo Crested Ten (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Hagens Ultra) who won the class for four-year-olds last year.
A pony that haven’t fitted under any of the headlines above but that definitely deserves a mention is Brol ̈otens Kenzo (by Finney Master out of Rambling Rosie) who recently took a silver at the Swedish championships in Western riding. Nice also to see that Edens Jaspis (by Janus out of Edens Honeybee) have given long distance riding a try.
It is amazing how quickly the time passes us by. With local AGM and Committee meetings, members away in Ireland for the Festival and so on and before one knows, it is out with Summer and in with winter and vice versa – depending where one resides.
News is quite sparse from the Northern hemisphere as ponies are looking to be out doors, or stabled for the winter and the show season is finished. Down under it is about to start, hence the lack of news.
In England, the sun shone brightly on yearling gelding Innellan Rambler (by Anbally Cloud out of Glencarrig Wild Rose) and indicates that he is one of the best yearlings in England at the moment. He was shown at seven county and two breed shows and was awarded seven first placings, four championships and three reserve championships. He was not finished with that as he was taken to the Equifest where he was awarded a first place in the young stock class; Champion Connemara and then the best M&M pony at the show. We all look forward to the return of summer in 2012 to see what he next achieves.
Connemara events in East Anglia saw some great ponies being shown. Natchaniel Nutmeg and Moatwood Constance Spray both left the arena with top ribbons around their necks. Sue Allen and her mount Hobart Alchemy took out the Ridden Championship.
The Northern Breed show also produced quality Connemara ponies. Both the adult and pure bred in hand championships were taken by Drumcare Prince Albert. The young stock in hand Championship was awarded to Senruf Primula. The pure bred ridden championship went to Skellorn Harrison and this stallion went on to take out the Supreme champion of the show.
“Down Under” there is little activity to report on. However, the AGM and Committee meeting of the CPBSA saw yet further changes that are being introduced to lift the Performance value of the Australian Connemara. At the completion of the first year of its introduction 76 ponies have been nominated to be considered for awards in this ongoing award scheme. At the AGM, Annual winners were announced and Green and Gold Saddle cloths and Horse rugs were presented to each of the State winners.
To comply with the Standardisation of Inspectors qualifications etc., as announced at Clifden this year, all CPBSA inspectors will have to virtually be reassessed and all new applicants for inspector role will have a set criteria to comply with, work and through for appointment as inspector. One of the major difficulties down under is the vast difference between states, studs and personnel wishing to be appointed as inspectors. It is hoped that this new criteria will help to resolve this situation.
With the Mother Society about to recognise Michael O”Malley’s 100th anniversary of great service to the Connemara Pony in Ireland in 2012, the CPBSA has also agreed to make a similar recognition at the “2012 Connemara Showcase” event at Werribee, Victoria in June 2012. The full program of this Centenary program will be announced later as it becomes firm.
Summer is on the horizon. Connemara pony owners are checking stables, paddocks etc. for creepy crawlies. Dressage arenas, show jump areas, hacking tracks are being surveyed and ponies are being worked. The early shows will quickly occur. At my age, one does have the feel that one should be “doing” something. Not having one’s ponies around and instead, looking at a suburban back yard it is quite disheartening. One can still dream!!!
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Connemara People in Victoria had a real treat served to them recently when the extremely well know and highly talented Horseman Manola Mandez presented a demonstration of Classical training using Connemara Ponies. Manola’s training is extremely interesting as he combines work in-hand, with his deep understanding of Equine Chiropractic methods, to help the rider better communicate with the Horse/pony once under saddle.
Manola Mandez’s background is unique. He was one of six founders of the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, Spain. In 1978 Manola was invited to come to Australia by Ray Williams of R.M. Williams, Stockmen and Horse outfitters, to be a Director and Head Riderat the El Caballo Blanco Equestrianne school in Perth, WA. He was later director of El Caballo Sydney.
Those in Australia who can remember will know of his star performer at these establishments was non other than a Connemara Stallion Kemill GHill Spinnaker, bred by the late Alan Longman of Western Australia. I had the pleasure of seeing Spinnaker and Manola perform once when in Adelaide and the manner in which this man was able to establish his routine with Spinnaker has never left my memory.
Manola now lives in Sunbury, Melbourne, Victoria as teaches overseas and throughout Australia. Breed and so the ability of our Connemara ponies to excel in all formats of Equestrian sport and in particular Dressage is something that Connemara owners and Riders all over the world should recognize and ensure that the Connemara is given a broad opportunity to show its latent talents.
The continuing development of the Performance Connemara and the results of the varied performances in a broad spectrum of events, including Dressage is there for the Doubting Thomases to see! And repeat!!!
Another item from the scrap book centres on the legendary part bred Connemara “Grasshopper” He started life as “Copper Coin” and competed for Ireland in the 1956 Olympic Games in Stockholm. He had a clear show jumping round but was eliminated for missing a flag. He was sold to Californian interests where his name was changed to “Grasshopper”. Ridden by Michael Page he had an excellent career with individual gold in both the 1959 Pan American games in Chicago, and the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The career continued to the Rome games in 1960 and the 1964 games in Tokyo where “Grasshopper” was on the silver medal team. This Part Bred Connemara is known as only one of five horses in the sport to have competed in six or more CCIOs.
In glancing through CPBSA action Groups newsletter it is very pleasing to see so many younger riders preparing their ponies and part breds for all aspects of performance competition down under. Dressage, Eventing, Trail, Harness. The Performance Register and its rewards is beginning to be seen with the numbers of new and younger riders preparing their ponies for all facets of Equine participation. Another interesting aspect is the number of Connemara owners and enthusiasts that are now travelling to Clifden to the Show and to tour Connemara. It appears that the Connemara Pony is travelling well “Down Under”.
John Tennant, ICCPS Publicity Officer.
Many thanks to Jean Dart, Victoria for information sent!
We are now halfway through the year and the summer season is full of championships both in hand and under saddle. Connemaras and their owners and riders have been out and about participating in all sorts of events.
In the dressage arena several Connemaras successfully take on the riding ponies. Two partbreds are on the ranking of the 100 ponies gaining the most dressage points. The Danish bred Chopin AM has a Connemara grandsire in Tootle U and is presently in place 26. Another successful partbred is Poetic Poetry. With Poetic Justice as his sire he is of jumping breeding, but still has a most respectable dressage career, and he was part of the Swedish team taking a bronze medal at the Nordic dressage Championships.
Among the purebreds Rolls Royce has two gelding sons among the top 100. Backens Lotus (out of Princess Jasmin) continues to do well and recently won the dressage derby while Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona) is in place 96. Another family connection is though Rolls Royce’s half brother Janus who is the sire of O ̈strahults Benz (out of O ̈strahults Sonette) in place 79. Benz has also done well in the show ring in previous years and twice been reserve champion gelding at the breed show. The remaining two Connemaras in the dressage top 100 are closely related too. The blue eyed cream Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of Ko ̈hls Rapsodi) is just a few points ahead of K ̈ohls Evelina (out of Hagens Ellina) by Countach Campbell’s half brother Shirley’s Thunderbell.
In June Connemara ponies and riders met in Norrk ̈oping where the Swedish Connemara society held the national show and, together with a local riding club, Swedish Connemara championships in dressage and show jumping. The dressage championship saw 21 partic- ipants divided into three categories. Among the smaller ponies the winner was Molliere (out of Brolo ̈tens Samba). He has a true performance breeding with the Elite stallion Finney Master as his grandsire. His sire is Juno Rory, the full brother to Rolls Royce, who himself had a long dressage career at the highest national level.
Molliere started his career by being placed fourth in the national dressage championships for five-year-olds. Another pony to do well in the young pony championships has been Azalea (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Liljeg ̊ardens Graze) who last year won the dressage championships for six-year-olds. This year she participated in the Connemara championships and won among the larger ponies with a beautiful performance, but only a few points ahead of her half brother the stallion Golden Garlic (out of Ambrosia) competing with a new rider this year. Golden Garlic also participated in the class for overheight ponies and riders over the age of 18, this time with his former rider, and was again narrowly beaten. In this class the champion was Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May Li) who took his second Swedish Connemara champion title, the first one being won in 2008.
Pony eventing in Sweden is still at a low with no Swedish ponies participating in the European eventing championships this year. At home there are ponies eventing, though not at a level that make them qualified for the courses at the European championships.
Ranking second at present is the partbred old trouper Casper (by Cannon). Another one in the top ten is the stallion Nice-n’-Curly (by by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II). He took part in the Nordic eventing championships where he took the bronze medal. Other ponies to also take eventing points are Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S) and the Irish-bred Glendun Lad (by Moyans Little Monkey out of Murphy Blue).
The list of the 100 ponies with most show jumping points so far this year makes nice read- ing for the Connemara friend, or how about ten purebred Connemaras and six partbreds among the top 100 ponies of all breeds. Most show jumping points, and in number two so far, is the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan our of Little Witch) competing under the name of Little Finnigan. He has been out and about competing abroad at the Baltic Cup competitions in Norway and Denmark where he has won and been placed.
OfthepurebredsfourarebredinSweden:Phalcon(byO ̈xenholmMarbleJroutofGr ̈ans Lady Stella) in place 4, Desdemona (by Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) in place 7 and Poetic Annie (by Poetic Justice out of Myrens Anitra) are all familiar names for those following pony show jumping at this level, while Brol ̈otens Cloetta (out of Molly) in 86th place is an interesting new name. With Juno Rory as her father you would expect a dressage pony but together with her grandsire Ballydonagh Cassanova he has provided a healthy dose of jumping genes allowing Cloetta to compete and win in show jumping classes with fences up to 120 cm.
Also on the top 100 is the French Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne). He came home from the Nordic Championships with both an individual and a team gold among the larger ponies. He also represented Sweden at the European show jumping championships in July. Ix’s team colleague at the both the Nordic and European Championships, Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden), is just outside the top 100. He has competed sparingly but was placed when competing in the Netherlands and took a third in the consolation class at the European championships. Other purebreds on the top 100 are Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady), Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie), Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) and a new name from Ireland, Dunbelievable (by Kylemore Rocky out of Primula Pearls Blazer).
At the breed show three Swedish Connemara show jumping championship titles were competed for by thirteen ponies under difficult weather conditions. Winner among the smaller ponies was Idylle (by Kamik Breeze out of Gina 2nd) a pony of strong show jumping breeding who’s sire had his own successful show jumping career. Among the larger ponies the winner was the eight-year-old Holmtebo Our Winnie (by Hagens Zephyr out of Hagens Ultra). This young mare has had a solid career competing in the young pony finals as a four-, five- and six-year-old and now carrying on her career successfully among the adult ponies. The class for overheight ponies and / or riders over 18 had only two contestants with last year’s winner Nice-n’-Cherry (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Dory-Nice) coming out on top once again.
Young pony activities
Some of the three-year-old tests have been held during the spring while the rest will be held after the summer. Among the Connemaras shown so far Hagens D’Arcy’s offspring and the Holmtebo stud have been very successful. Out of four Holmtebo ponies by Hagens D’Arcy, three (Holmtebo Swift out of Hagens Star, Holmtebo Archie out of Hagens Annie and Holmtebo Yale out of Hagens Yanine) were given double awards, both for gaits and for jumping, at their three-year-old test. In his first three foal cohorts D’Arcy have eleven offspring that have participated in three-year-old tests and seven of these have double awards and one has a jumping award. A very promising beginning for a young stallion.
Another stallion who’s offspring have distinguished themselves in the young pony activities is the Elite stallion Rolls Royce. This spring his daughter Hold Roxy Bellaria (out of Hold Bellarina Skylark) have added to his list of offspring with a gait award from a three-year- old test. The young L ̊angarno ̈ Cedrick has his first foal cohort turning three this year and his daughter Carnaby Lor Sparrow (out of Ashfield Flash Sparrow) was given a jumping award at her test.
The national show saw a good turnout in spite of being held much earlier than usual. There were no yearling colts forward, but the yearling fillies had five contestants. Win- ner was Bjennesby Janis Joplin (out of Hagens Yulie) by the Finnish stallion Rockfield Scarface. Among the two-year-old colts the winner was the Irish import Castle Verdi (by Janus out of Orph ́ee Schueracher). Verdi has an international pedigree with a Swedish born sire and a French born dam breeding him in Ireland. The winning two-year-old filly Holmtebo Walzing Mathilda (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Holmtebo Wait for Me) on the other hand has several generations of Swedish-bred ponies in her pedigree. Castle Verdi was awarded the youngstock championship with Bjennesby Janis Joplin as reserve.
The older gelding class saw some very strong contestants with Lidens Mr Li, the winner of one of the dressage championship titles, winning and also taking the gelding championship to Hagens Zinzano (by Spinway Corona out of Abbeyleix Flora) who was second and reserve gelding champion. The two lads also each one a ridden class.
Among the mares Hagens Hella (by Hagens Ryan out of Hagens Umbra) won the class for four- to six-year-old mares and Lofty Romilly (by Poetic Justice out of Rolo) the one for mares seven to ten years old. In the oldest mare class Hagens Rosmara (by Va ̈rnbergs Orion out of Hagens Andora) added another victory to her list. Her daughter, Hagens Umbra (by Hagens O’Chief) was third in the same class. Being the dam of Hagens Hella it made for quite a family reunion in the Best in Show ring later on. The class for mares not entered in the stud book was won by Markatta (out of Milldred), one of Gunne Anton’s few offspring. Secont to Markatta was Stockmossens Tindra (by Kamillo av Haga out of Stockmossens Timandra) who also too the allround pony title for the most successful pony participating in all the different events throughout the weekend.
The class for three-year-old fillies was won by R ̊a ̊as Emerald (by Kulan Kavat out of Little Sweet Lollipop) who was much liked by the judges and was the eventual second runner up for the Best in Show title. Only two licensed stallions came forward, but two very good ones: Backuddens Rebell (by Janus out of Tyfon) in the older stallion class and his half uncle Erinmore Golden Marble (by O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Glaskopf Grey Joanna) in the younger stallion class. At the end of the day Golden Marble took the reserve Best in Show title with Rebells half brother, the two-year-old colt Castle Verdi, being chosen Best in Show.
Summer down under has NOT been the usual summer we normally have! What with the devastating floods in Queensland, flooding in New South Wales and Victoria and now as I write this article, to cap it all off we have this huge cyclone of category 5 intensity with winds reaching over 300kmp devastating towns for 200 kmp north and south along the Northern Queensland coastline.
Little wonder that Equine events have been put on the back burner in most of the eastern States and so very little news is to hand. One can say however, apart from several Connemara Pony members properties in Queensland being flooded, there has been no loss of Ponies and members housing, Stables etc have survived. Fencing has been a major problem but the enthusiastic input from volunteers have descended on damaged areas and, in the main, those with fencing problems have had repairs effected and ponies once again secure. It is too soon to even think about the devastation of the cyclone but one keeps hoping!
Despite all the down turns, some encouraging and exciting news has come to hand. I have written in the past of Monahan Harrison (Ben Dhui Diccon – Wychwood Lady Ann), and his rider Carissa BAILEY. A review just to hand of Monahan Harrison’s performance in 2010 -2011 vindicates my last comments that this Pony must be considered the top performance Pony in Australia. IN 2010 and in the short period of 2011, the combination has competed at many local, district and State Show Jumping and Eventing competitions with the following outstanding results.
90 cms – 5 Firsts that included 3 Championship ribbons 95 cms – 3 Firsts 1 Championship
100 cms – 4 Firsts 1 Championship
105 cms – 1 First.
108 cms – 3 Firsts 3 Championships
SIX BAR COMPETITION:
120 cm – 2 Firsts
125 cm – 1 First
These events included “D”, “C” grade Show Jumping, AM5, AM7 classifications.
In 2010, “Harrison” competed in four, Grade 2 – 90cm events as well as show Jumping. H e achieved a 1st, 2nd and two 4th places.
A truly outstanding Connemara Pony that is showing the flag down under.
NEW PONIES ON THE BLOCK
Three new Connemara Ponies competed in the Eastern States are: Sugargum Sensation, Sugargum Vivinne and Sugargum Sirocco. These ponies are owned by a newly appointed Committee person in Janine Leslie. They are all by the Connemara Stallion Boonahburra McGee. Sirocco is Pure bred and from the mare Glenormiston Lisdoornvarna; Vivinne from the mare Bureyer Victoria and Sensation from the Anglo Arab Bakidoll. The ponies appeared for their very first outing at the Victorian Stud pony Show recently. They had never been away from the property; had never seen arenas, crowds and massed ponies. It was all a very new experience! In true Connemara style they knuckled down to the job and between them won 9 first ribbons in led and ridden classes and this included a best M&M exhibit. I am sure we will hear more of these ponies in the future.
Celtic Santolina (Springfield Devereux – Celtic Thyme), was found by the Mathews Family after a friend advised that this mare was for sale. A visit to the mare saw her change hands and her new owner/rider quickly clicked. Their first event was at Lieghdale Connemara Sports Day where the combination competed in Showjumping and Dressage, taking home twelve 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed ribbons. They were well and truly away!
In 2010 the combination competed at the Barwon Valley ODE with a 4th place. Then to Smythdale ODE where they competed successfully but out of the ribbons. At the APSB Action day the combination qualified for the Native Challenge where Santolina earned a 7th in Dressage and 3rd in Pony Club event. Throughout 2010 this combination competed at numerous ODEs, Agricultural Shows and Interschool competitions earning numerous placings that included Champion and Reserve Champion led and Ridden classes.
At the prestigious Melbourne Summer Royal Show event, Santolina was placed 2nd in the Working Hunter class, 2nd Best Presented Connemara, 2nd Led Connemara and 2nd Ridden Connemara. In 2010 Sarah and Santolina has been placed in the top 10 in all grade 4 Pony Club ODEs in which she has competed.
This Connemara combination will, I am sure, continue to perform strongly in numerous Pony Club and Open events and Santolina and her rider will appear regularly in results as they come to hand.
John Tennant, Publicity Officer ICCPS
There is not a lot of news from AROUND the world but then, if you do not send me material, or send it to Tuula, for attachment to the Website, one cannot complain that there is never anything from our Country on the web!
Sorry, but this is the truth. I plead for someone in any society to get cracking and let me or the web have Connemara material that will continue to promote our wonderful pony!
IRELAND: News from the Irish Horse and Pony is that as from May, the hard copy magazine will cease to be printed and the magazine will now appear on the Web. There will be no further printed magazines and so, for those who love to take it to the sitting room and read in font of the fire, all I can say is but a damned long extension cord and take the computer with you. Having provided such a lot of material for the Editor on the Connemara Pony around the world I was not amused. Never the less, one will now be able to get the material, free of cost, from the web at www.irishhorseandpony.com.
That brings me to the fact that I will still want articles from any society to have available for the “English Native Pony” and other areas that ask for articles. Please Help!!!
BRITAIN: The POYS at Towerlands Park, Essex, saw Emily Ward and her Connemara pony and former Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter competitor, Prospect Eddie achieve a clear round in the jump off for the Deakin and Robinson JC Grand Prix – but just missed the first place ribbon.
Helen Baker and the Connemara Aughnakeeragh Melody was successful in claiming the RIHS Mountain and Moorlands sections and now stands reserve in the Olympic Semi Final. (Thanks to Horse and Pony for this information)
AUSTRALIA: The newly introduced CPBSA Performance register is being strongly supported by Connemara pony owners and breeders down under and the very special aspect of the results are the numbers of young riders participating. With the areas if performance that they are competing in, the future of the Connemara pony in Australia is fast becoming extremely strong.
There are currently nearly 70 ponies competing with reports being submitting. The strong inference is that the Society will be able to extend the register to incorporate both Sires and dams. This will also give a strong recommendation as to the Blood lines competing and performing strongly and be a considerable boost for breeders and studs throughout Australia.
The following ponies have thus far accrued in excess of 100 points in their performances that extend right across the Performance arena:- Celtic Fairytale, Glenormiston Ballymalloe, Glenormiston Killian, Springfield Kylemore, Wychwood Happy Songbird. State and national winners will be announced later in the season.
At the recent SCONE Horse trials Sam Randall (12 yrs) rode the Pony Glenormiston Killian to 1st Place in the junior newcomers Event and then the combination rode into 4th place in the Open Company division of the same class.
He finished the event on his dressage score with no penalties showjumping or Cross Country. Not to be outdone, sister Ashley (10 yrs) rode Killian’s full sister Glenormiston Ballymore in her first ever official EA event finishing 6th in the Junior division of the Newcomers event.
Lucinda Doodt, on Sommerville Park Pollyanna, a part bred by Glenormiston Freedom and Carissa Bailey riding Monahan Harrison, pure bred by Ben dhui Diccon, won the “C” grade Show Jumping team event At the Victorian State Pony Club Championships. A few weeks previously Lucinda and Pollyanna competed at the friends of Ballarat Pony Club Hick Stead, coming second and then took out the best performed for the second year in a row.
Celtic Fairytale, mentioned above, strongly portrays what the Connemara Pony is all about. This mare is approx. 12 years of age and has been with the Heymann family in the Eastern States since she was a weanling. She has been the family pony for 5 young members of this family over years and now with the youngest member Kayla she is competing in all aspects of pony Club events, Tent pegging, Barrel Racing, Flag and Barrel and other Novelty events and the more technical events of Show Jumping up to 90cms and Dressage. The Mare is also and effective mustering Pony with stock and cattle in particular.
Since the introduction of the Performance Register in Australia, this mare has already accrued over 600 points in less than 12 months of Competition. Although this mare has a strong, determined approach to her work, her young rider has formed an effective riding technique with her and the results now recorded in the Register makes a strong statement of Rider and pony understanding and ability. A lot more will be heard of this Mare and her Rider in the coming seasons.
CASTLE HILL NSW In hand show was well supported this year with many more entries than usual. Led mare or Filly was won by Brooke Allan with Asham Madonna. Led Gelding class went to Anne Yeaman with Kahean Royal Diamond. Champion Pure Bred was taken out by Asham Madonna. Champion Part Bred was awarded to Kaledon Bailey and handler Jess Galea. Ridden Connemara was awarded to Dromara Park Fergus and rider Chloe Smith.
John Tennant, Publicity officer, ICCPS
Last year’s competition season is since long completed. By now all competitions should have been reported and it is time to take a look at the final standings among the perfor- mance ponies. In dressage last year’s most successful Connemara was Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) who finished in 8th place among ponies of all breeds. In second place we have his half brother Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona). Rolls Royce’s half brother, the late Janus, has Pyramus (out of Olympia II) in third place and Tip Top (out of Hagens Farabella) in ninth place and Lidens Mr Li (out of May-Li) in tenth place. Rolls Royce full brother Juno Rory, himself a successful dressage stallion in the 90ies, is the sire of the stallion Golden Garlic (out of Ambrosia) who ranked number six last year.
More family connections among the top ten dressage ponies in 2010 are the two full sisters Ko ̈hls Fidolina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) in fifth place and Ko ̈hls Evelina in seventh place. Their sire, Shirley’s Thunderbell, is a half brother to Countach Campbell who was the sire of the blue eyed cream Tic Tac (out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi, not closely related to Fidolina and Evelina) who finished fourth among the dressage Connemaras. O’Neil (by Hagens O’Chief out of Nelly Dun) finally, who was eighth, is a half brother to Golden Garlic’s dam Ambrosia and his paternal grandsire, Blue Chief is maternal grandsire of both Backens Lotus, K ̈ohls Fidolina and Ko ̈hls Evelina.
The first competitions of the year have also been held and reported. It is always interesting to see how old names show up and new names appear. At the time of writing no less than seven Connemaras and three partbreds are on the top one hundred dressage ponies of all breeds. Backens Lotus is still doing well and is presently in fifth place. Other names that are reappearing from last year’s final standings are Ko ̈hls Evelina and O’Neil both in joint 50th place.
Among the new names, the highest placed is Countess II (out of Chess III) in 29th place. Her sire, Carnaby Patrick Hooligan, is by Hagens O’Chief and thus a half brother to O’Neill. Further down in the line we find Markanth (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Idholmens Lily) in joint 50th place, followed by Fame II (out of Birkums Funny), another of Rolls Royce’s dressage progeny, in 87th place and Bellina (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Belle II) and Okay Cosmos (by Cannon out of Iowa) in joint 89th place. The partbred Connemaras on the top one hundred are brother and sister Miramis and Jumping Arizona. Their sire, Kamik Breeze, was himself a performance pony, but compeated mostly in show jumping. The third partbred on the top one hundred is Vicky (by Holens Ingolf), presently in place 78.
Moving on to eventing, last year was a slow year for both Connemaras and ponies in general. Only two purebred and three partbred Connemaras competed and took points in eventing. The above mentioned Lidens Mr Li who was placed tenth in the dressage ranking was also the pure bred Connemara to take the highest number of eventing points.
This put him in a tied sixth place in the all-breeds ranking sharing with the old European Championship participant Casper (by Cannon) and Calabash who’s maternal grandsire is the Irish stallion Gloves Duke. The other two Connemaras taking eventing points in 2010 are two golden oldies: The 18-year-old stallion Nice-n-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) and the partbred Djufwan ̈as Bea (by V ̈arnbergs Neptunus) turning 23 this year. The eventing season 2011 has yet to start in Sweden.
In show jumping the Connemaras had an exceptional 2010. There were three purebred Connemaras among the top ten, seven (and one partbred) among the top 20, and fifteen among the top one hundred. Although many of the best show jumpers have been im- ported, this year we were happy to see a Swedish bred Connemara at the head of the pack. Desdemona is by Brol ̈otens Joop and out of Ti-Ti-Oo and had an exceptional sea- son crowning it by winning the Ridsport Pony Cup finals for ponies 130 – 140 cm and she was placed fourth among ponies of all breeds. The other two Swedish bred ponies among the top ten Connemaras were Highlander (by Poetic Justice out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) in sixth place and his half sister Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra) in tenth.
The Irish born Poetic Moonlight (out of Lehid Vida) was yet another of Poetic Justice to be placed highly in the ranking, this time in ninth place. She was joined by two more Irish ponies, Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) in fourth place and Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) in fifth place. The three French ponies from the I-cohort, Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc our of Hilda des Ludes), Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi our of Underline of Laps) and his half brother Ix de l’Aulne (out of Castille de l’Aulne), were number two (and sixth of all breeds), seven and eight respectively. In third place, and seventh among all breeds, was the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan our of Little Witch).
Looking at the present ranking for this year we find a lot of pure and partbred Connemaras among the hundred with most show jumping points so far. I count twelve purebreds and eight partbreds and the suspiciously named Drishoge Bobby Sparrow with no recorded pedigree. As in the dressage rankings some ponies from the top ten Connemaras of 2010 are beginning the season strongly. Poetic Annie, Little Finnigan, Desdemona, Sceilig Siofra, Ix de l’Aulne and Lexus Justice are all amone the top one hundred show jumpers so far. Desdemona has already been abroad competing in Denmark where both her two qualifiers and the Grand Prix.
Among the new names the pedigrees are more diverse than in among the dressage ponies, but Poetic Justice continues to stand out with three partbreds, Temple Attica, Poetics Rodrigo and Poetic Bianca in addition to the purebred Poetic Annie. Another pony with more than one progeny among the present top one hundred is Pommac who is the sire of both the partbred Hip Hop and the purebred Scarlett Pimpinell S (out of Yankie Girl).
There are two more Swedish born purebred Connemaras among the top one hundred and one partbred. Tammy Lane (by Va ̈rnbergs Orion out of My Lane) and Phalcon (by Janus’ sire O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Gr ̈ans Lady Stella) are both among the top thirty while the partbred Knatte (by Kamillo av Haga) is a bit further down. Imported Connemaras from all over Europe also continue to do well. From France we have Jazz de Rhonon (by Vent Fou Duff out of Carry Me de Rhonon) and the partbred Koka d’Almy (out of Une de Aout), from Ireland Some Man For One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) and the partbreds CTS Jordan (by Murphy’s Rebel) och Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (bye Tempebready Fear Bui) and from Denmark Nygaards F ̈olfod (by Baunelys Dipper out of Skovbo’s Dorthealilje) all among the hundred ponies taking the most show jumping points so far.
A record number of seventeen stallions were entered for the stallion inspections this year of whom one, Erinmore Golden Marble was already approved and coming back for his volountary performance test while the others were new hopefuls. After thorough in- spection four new stallions could be approved as class one. Gra ̈ns Legolas was the only three-year-old of the nine entered to pass. He is the first stallion son of Grange Flynn Sparrow and his dam’s, Gra ̈ns Fideli’s, second stallion son. With both his sire and his maternal grandsire, Dale Haze, having competed successfully in eventing it will be inter- esting to see if Legolas will give the performance field a try too. Legolas scored a 9 (out of 10) for his type and received the highest overall conformation marks of the Connemaras.
Two four-year-old stallions were entered and the Irish born, Danish owned Bell Prince could be approved. Bell Prince is by Glencarrig Lexus out of Bellpark with Boden Park Finnard as the maternal grandsire.
Among the four five-year-olds only Bingo Bell could be passed as a class 1 stallion. Bingo Bell is the second son by Coosheen Finbarr to be approved. His mother Cameron Belle is a diploma mare and was reserve champion at the breed show as a three-year-old and one of her daughters was reserve youngstock champion in 1996. A son has won at the quality test and another daughter is a successful show jumper. Cameroon Belle’s sire is the late Elite stallion Brantshammar Bell Dara.
The last new stallion of the year was the six-year-old O ̈nnarpsOrcan.Heisthefirstson of Backuddens Mountain Haze and thereby the second new stallion this year with Dale Haze as a grandsire. Orcan’s dam O ̈nnarps Babette (by Aladdin) is also a diploma mare and was youngstock champion at the breed show as a two year old. Several of her progeny have been doing well at the three-year-old tests including Orcan who won the national finals for three-year-olds in the ”gaits” class. At the inspections he scored 9 for his trot and also nines in both his loose jumping grades.
ErinmoreGoldenMarble,thelastsonofO ̈xenholmMarbleandoutoftheGermanimport Glaskopf Grey Joanna (by Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel) was approved last year. As a three-year-old he won the national finals of the ”gaits” and he lived up to this success by scoring well in his performance test. In particular he received praise for his ridden jumping scoring two eights and a nine.
Connemara Filly All Breeds Champion in Finland
With no Connemara Breed Show arranged in Finland this summer, all the Connemara Pony entries were gathered at the National Pony Show, the annual show for all pony breeds, arranged for the 34th time this year. The judge was a third time visitor of Finland, Mrs Jackie Webb from the UK.
The first day, Saturday 13th August, saw the young ponies in the ring. The same day the Finnish Horse Board Hippos had their own ring, giving assessments to young ponies of all breeds – judging their type, conformation and movement. A top score of 40 points was awarded to a yearling Connemara colt, Goldrock Laddie (Golddigger Laddie – Sparrow Melody – Grange Surf Sparrow, breeder & owner Annika Hägglund), who then went on to win his class in the Connemara ring.
The two year old colt class saw a record number of entries, as six of the seven entered colts shared the ring, which for once seemed a wee bit too small for so many young and virile males! The class also showed high standard: Besides arranging the ponies in winning order, they are also awarded quality premiums in the form of rosettes – Finnish colours white and blue for the first premium, blue for 2nd premium and white for the 3rd premium. Two of the colts got the blue and white, which may predict an interesting spring 2012, when they are eligible for inspection.
The class winner was Marshland Prince, a well developed son of Ard Ri Cunga out of first class winner mare Downhill Dewdrop (by Kåsta Scaramouche). The colt is bred by Elisa Uusi-Heikkilä and owned by Cecilia Rosenlew. The other 1st premium colt, but 2nd placed in the class was beautiful dun Zitherbay Neil O’Hara (Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg – Aramara Ona O’Hara – Rockfield Scarface, bred by Sari Lahtinen, owned by Inga Jytilä).
Only one three year old colt came forward. Fieldhill Apollo (Dale Mountain Mist – Irish Dream – Öxenholm Marble Jr, breeder Sari Takala, owners Neea, Sirpa & Timo Pönni) was awarded the first premium and a careful suggestion he could be successful in the colt inspection next year.
Yearling fillies’ class was taken by dun Cleos Fay Fenella (Vanity Padraigh – Enghöjs Irish Golden Rose – Öxenholm Markbook, breeder Laura Ovaskainen, owner Mia-Maria Lampiola), while the two year old filly class winner was Fieldhill Bene Bettina (Dale Mountain Mist – Eternal Amity – Symphatil Hazy Becks, breeder Sari Takala, owner Jenna Loimijoki) – last
year’s Connemara Junior Champion.
Three year old fillies saw two 1st premium ponies. Rockfield Arctic Glow (Atlantic Ace – Rockfield Scaramé – Kåsta Scaramouche, breeder & owner Merja Nurmi) had to give way to class winner Doyher Ruby Rose (Rockfield Scarface – Omey Ruby – Gleann Rua Maxwell, breeder Nina Tiainen, owner Hanna Asklöf ).
Ruby Rose then went on to claim the best of breed Junior Championship (Marshland Prince being the best of opposite sex), and then a few hours later claiming the title of the best Finnish bred junior pony of all breeds! A pleasant result for the breeder, the owner and all the Connemara Pony enthusiasts in Finland.
On Sunday, the older ponies had their shot at the ring. 4 to 9 yr old mares class (without foal) was taken by Vanity Fairy Siobhan (Janus – Eiris Fairy Fiona – Ardnasillagh O’Flaherty), while 10-17 yr old mare class went to Irish bred Lady Of Kylemore (Kylemore Rocky – Waterfield Girl – Seafield Silver Rogue ), who has developed nicely after giving birth to her first foal.
There was one separate class for mares with foal at foot; the winner of the 4-9 yr old mare class was Symphatil Irish Mist (Symphatil Hazy Becks – Symphatil Esmeralda – Ard Ri Cunga, breeder & owner Susanna Rahikainen).
Senior mare class and Championship was taken by the only veteran participant, 18 yr old Winter’s Carneval (Ardnasillagh O’Flaherty – Espe Dina – Cocum Tiger Moth, breeders Marja & Tenna Talvi, owner Ira Oksanen), while Symphatil Quality (Halle Lafferty – Irish Dream – Öxenholm Marble Jr, breeder & owner Susanna Rahikainen) became the Champion Foal of the year. Of all the mare class champions, Vanity Fairy Siobhan became the Champion Mare.
Out of the four entered stallions only Rockfield Scarface (Ard Ri Cunga – Rockfield Scaramé – Kåsta Scaramouche, bred by Maj-Gret Nurmi, owner Merja Nurmi) entered the ring, in fine condition after having spent two years in Sweden. Not surprisingly he claimed the Stallion Championship… The Champion Gelding was the champion stallion’s half brother Rockfield Wizard (Innellan Kestrel – Rockfield Scaramé – Kåsta Scaramouche, breeder Maj-Gret Nurmi, owner Sanna Ollikka).
In the end of the day the Connemara Champions entered the ring to see which one of the ponies would become the Breed Champion, to enter the Best In Show ring of all
breeds. The choice was Saturday’s all breeds Junior Champion, Doyher Ruby Rose, who in the end beat her sire Rockfield Scarface, who was placed Reserve.
Unfortunately, the flow of success didn’t carry on into the end – the Best In Show titles of the whole National Pony Show were shared by Shetland and Welsh ponies.
Next year’s show, the 35th National Pony Show in Finland is likely to be arranged the last weekend of July 2012.
All results and photos of all ponies at the 2011 Show: http://www.connemara.fi/poninayttely2011.html