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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
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.
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
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 CONNEMARA PONY 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.
Publicity officer ICCPS
Iccps newsletter Nov 2010