News Around the World, June 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

John Tennant, Publicity officer, ICCPS

News from Sweden, April 2011


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.

Figure 1: O’Neil (by Hagens O’Chief out of Nelly Dun). Placed eighth in the Connemara dressage ranking of 2010 and presently in 50th place among all breeds. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: O’Neil (by Hagens O’Chief out of Nelly Dun). Placed eighth in the Connemara dressage ranking of 2010 and presently in 50th place among all breeds. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May-Li). Highest placed Connemara in the eventing ranking and placed tenth in the dressage ranking of 2010. Photo: Jenny Hagen- blad

Figure 2: Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May-Li). Highest placed Connemara in the eventing ranking and placed tenth in the dressage ranking of 2010. Photo: Jenny Hagen- blad

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.

Show Jumping

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.

Figure 3: Highlander (by Poetic Justice out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan), placed sixth in the Connemara show jumping ranking 2010. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Highlander (by Poetic Justice out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan), placed sixth in the Connemara show jumping ranking 2010. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

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.

Stallion inspections

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.

Figure 4: Gra ̈ns Legolas (by Grange Flynn Sparrow out of Gr ̈ans Fideli), class I stallion. Photo: Lina ̊Akerberg

Figure 4: Gra ̈ns Legolas (by Grange Flynn Sparrow out of Gr ̈ans Fideli), class I stallion.
Photo: Lina ̊Akerberg

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.

/Jenny Hagenblad

Finnish National Pony Show 2011

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.

Doyher Ruby Rose, Junior Champion of all breeds

Doyher Ruby Rose, Junior Champion of all breeds

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.

Marshland Prince

Marshland Prince

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.

Vanity Fairy Siobhan

Vanity Fairy Siobhan

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.

Rockfield Scarface

Rockfield Scarface

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:

Goldrock Laddie(left) and Lady of Kylemore(right)

Goldrock Laddie(left) and Lady of Kylemore(right)



French National Connemara Pony Show 2011

Vitamine Family Champion in France

Association Francaise du Poney Connemara organised its 2011 National Show at Arnac-Pompadour on August 27th. The French National Stud offered a perfect venue for the show and the inspection on the following day. Approximately 100 ponies were judged at the show by Mr Padraic Heanue, Ireland and Ms Tuula Pyöriä, Finland.

The Supreme Champion was Isabelle and Pascal Wandon’s 2 year old filly Vitamine Family (Ardmore Royal Oak – Poesie Melody – Imperator Melody), who was also the Junior Champion of the Show. Reserve Supreme Champion was bay mare Jolie Schueracher (Cheviot Midas – Shipton Corn Dolly – Atlantic Sentinel), bred and owned by Mrs Yvonne Held.

Full results:ésultat-National-CO-2011.pdf


French Supreme Champion 2011 Vitamine Family

French Supreme Champion 2011 Vitamine Family

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.


Australian Report, Nov. 2010



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Show Jumping

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Young ponies

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

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

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

/Jenny Hagenblad

“Snippets”, Nov. 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

ICCPS newsletter Nov 2010