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News Around the World ~ April 2013

CONNEMARA NEWS WORLD WIDE. – April 2013

DENMARK

The Events Calendar recently received from  Denmark shows that an Inspection program and Pony Show will be held on Bornholm on 2nd August 2013.

A similar event will be held on Zealand on 3 – 4th August.

Besides Regional Jutland and Regional Zealand, have other events programmed such as Riding, Quality Judgement and Studies of pedigree and Stud Books.

In all of these areas, there are several Agricultural Shows featuring Connemara ponies.

If you are in the areas mentioned, perhaps a day visit to one of the shows will see quality Connemaras competing  and displaying their quality performance qualities.  A quick E-Mail to the Danish secretary will  clarify areas, places and times!

BRITAIN

For those visiting Great Britain in the coming Spring and summer, a visit to one of the below mentioned areas could  enable you to see some of the finest Connemara Ponies in Britain and in fact, elsewhere, competing and displaying their excellent Performance qualities.

Monday 1st April – Scottish Connemara Group Dressage competition.

Sunday 7th April – Judges assessment and probation filly Inspection assessment day.

Wednesday 24 April –  BCPS Colt Inspection Ivy House Skelton Wood End Penrith Cumbria.

Thursday 9th May –  Colt Inspection Norton Heath Equestrian Centre Blackmore.

Sunday 30th June – North East Connemara Group Show , Northumberland College Kirkley Hall Ponteland  Northumberland.

Saturday 13th July, Eastern Connemara Group Eventer trials, show jumping and Dressage, Horseshoe Farm  Dereham. Followed on 31st August with a Novice One day Event and Dressage Competition.

Sunday 20/21st July –   BCPS Ridden and In Hand Breed show, Warwickshire Agricultural College Moreton Morrell.

Sunday 28th July – BCPS Northern Show, Osbaldeston Equestrian centre Blackburn Lancashire.

This is just a few of the Connemara Pony events throughout  Britain during the Spring and Summer,  Contact with the secretary will give a full list of events and venues.

Filly Inspections this year will be organised by a co-ordinator from each region.

Colt Inspection for 2013 will be held in three venues  –  24th April  Ivy House   Skelton,  Friday 26th April Stretcholt Farm, Stretcholt, Somerset  – Thursday 9th May  Norton heath Equestrian centre Blackmore.

AUSTRALIA

As in many other areas of the world, Nature has been most unkind to those residing below the line.   Extreme flooding in the eastern States, not once but to the present time, three times with widespread damage and loss of life has occurred.  In other areas huge bush fires have caused massive devastation.  It is pleasing to say that there has been no reports of loss of Connemara ponies in this extremely wide spread devastation.  It is therefore reasonable to indicate that there have been few shows held where the Connemara Pony could be seen to be giving their usual high performance  displays.

The Connemara pony Show case, a somewhat spectacular even in the Connemara world down under, was again seen at Werribee, Victoria in last September.   Ponies were presented from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.  An Irish Judge  found quality ponies in all sections  and awards went to all areas.  It is believed that this show will not be available next year due to cost factors, distances needed to be travelled etc.  This is indeed a shame as in its two years of showing the Connemara pony, wide applause has been given to those who worked hard in its performance.  As well as “In hand” classes Dressage, working Hunter, ridden and show jumping events were held.

In those areas where Shows could be held the Connemara pony excelled as always.

2013 Melbourne Show saw Gracefield  Park  Mr. Ed crowned as the top led Connemara Pony.  “Gracefield Park Mr. Ed”. Was also crowned as the Champion Connemara at the show with reserve Champion being awarded to “Kahean Snow Blossom”.   Unfortunately there are no other results available for the Melbourne Royal.

Castle Hill, New South Wales, produced a great day for the CASTLE HILL Show but unfortunately the numbers of Connemara Pony entries was down on last year.  The judge however commented on the standard of those ponies presented.   Brooke Allan, produced the top mare/filly under 4 years of age with “Asham Ballybelle”  taking the first ribbon. “Asham Madonna also owned by Brooke was awarded the top rating in the over 4 years mare class.   Supreme Champion at this show was awarded to “Asham Madonna”

Tanunda South Australia saw a small but quality field of Connemara ponies on display.

Champion led pony was awarded to Glenormiston Rosanna and the reserve ribbon was placed on Innisfree Beaujolais. Led Purebred Gelding ribbon went to Glenormiston Connaught and the supreme champion Barogue led award went to Glenormiston Rosanna.   A strong field of Connemaras ponies went into the ridden arena.  Innisfree Beaujolais collected the ridden purebred Mare or stallion class.   Ridden pure bred over height was awarded to Glenormiston Connaught.  Pleasure Connemara pony award was placed with Glenormiston Connaught.  Ridden hunter Galloway award went to Innisfree Beaujolais.  This pony also was awarded the Working Hunter  Galloway class.

New Zealand

Waikato Show was held in October 2012.  Supreme Champion Connemara of the show went to Keltic  O Se.  Young stock foal/yearling was won by Glenormiston Rionach.  2 – 3yr old pony ribbon was placed on Glenormiston Rahanishka and this colt also was awarded the Champion young stock award at the show. The Mare 4yrs and over award went to Mungala Tuar Ceatha.

Canterbury  A&P Show in November 2012 also was well attended by the Connemara ponies of the area, and, from the awards list, the Connemara again displayed its quality and abilities.

Supreme Champion Connemara went to Tallyho Neptune, purebred youngstock award went to Windward Mickey; Purebred adult award was place with Tallyho Neptune.

Partbred youngstock award went to Glardon La Strofian,  Partbred adult ribbon was placed with Windward Hemi and the Champion purebred award went to Rednalhgih Hayman.

It is hoped that quite soon, the ICCPS website will be upgraded and a regular review of Connemara Pony sows etc. world wide will then be able to appear on a regular basis.  To do this of course those responsible for the continual reports of the Connemara pony world wide will need your full support. Someone from each Sister groups who will collate results will need to be allocated, then ensure results are sent to  the promotions officer and then onto the web master for inclusion.  A whole new system will hopefully come into place and we will be able to let ALL members throughout the ICCPS , the Mother Society and all those who are not Connemara orientated but, who read out website, will know know just how strong our Connemara pony is , especially  in the performance fields world wide.  The new moves have my whole hearted support and I trust that I will still be able to bring the Connemara performances  to you where  ever you are!

John Tennant,

Promotions Officer  ICCPS.

Australia: So. Australia March 2013

NEWSLETTER OF THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CONNEMARA ACTION GROUP

First Quarterly Edition
March 2013

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

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

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

Catherine McTaggart

kestral@activ8.net.au

STUD NEWS!

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

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2013 SHOW DATES – with dedicated Connemara classes

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

Please refer to the SA Endurance Riders calendar for rides starting from 10km.  I will be attending a number of rides this year if you wish to meet me there – http://www.saeraonline.com/ridecalendar.htm

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


Out and About
TJ – Partbred by Boonahburra Braveheart

TJ – Partbred by Boonahburra Braveheart

 

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

 

 

Achill Charisma – Partbred by Achill Fiddler

Achill Charisma – Partbred by Achill Fiddler

 

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

 

 

 

 

Wychwood Hilal (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Jahahn Izadorah

Wychwood Hilal (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Jahahn Izadorah

 

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

 

 

St Patrick’s Day luncheon

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

 TANUNDA SHOW RESULTS – BAROQUE RING

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

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

Horse & Handler led exhibit 10 yrs & over 2nd Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
CONNEMARA CLASSES
Led Purebred Mare 4 yr & over ne 14.2hh 1st  Glenormiston Rosanna – Gill Beaton
2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
Led Purebred Stallion 4 yrs & over 1st  Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy(owner J. & M. Dawkins)
CHAMPION LED CONNEMARA PONYRESERVE CHAMPION LED CONNEMARA PONY GLENORMISTON ROSANNAINNISFREE BEAUJOLAIS
Led Purebred Gelding any age/height & Overheight 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
SUPREME CHAMPION BAROQUE LED PURE BRED GLENORMISTON ROSANNA
Ridden Purebred Connemara Mare or Stallion 1st  Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott
Ridden Purebred Gelding or Overheight Purebred 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
Pleasure Connemara, Purebred, Partbred, Overheight 1st  Glenormiston Connaught – Carole Benassy2nd  Innisfree Sparkling Shiraz – Georgia Mott
CHAMPION RIDDEN CONNEMARARESERVE CHAMPION RIDDEN CONNEMARA INNISFREE BEAUJOLAISINNISFREE SPARKLING SHIRAZ
Open Ridden Classes for Baroque Breed Ring Exhibits
Ridden Hunter Galloway 14hh & ne 15hh 1st Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
CHAMPION OPEN BAROQUE RIDDEN EXHIBIT INNISFREE BEAUJOLAIS
Ridden Working Hunter Galloway 14hh & ne 15hh 1st Innisfree Beaujolais – Carole Benassy2nd  Glenormiston Connaught – Georgia Mott
CHAMPION WORKING HUNTER INNISFREE BEAUJOLAIS

 

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Gill Beaton with Glenormiston Rosanna

 


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

Adelaide International Horse Trails Connemaras Do it Again!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Tennant Publicity officer

More about the Adelaide event: http://www.australian3de.com.au/ 

Adelaide International Horse Trials Connemaras Do It Again!

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

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

In this year’s event yet another Part Bred Connemara competed and, as one would expect, performed with considerable dash to finish in 11th place overall.
The Connemara in question is “Feldale Mouse”. He is by the extremely well performed Glenormiston Stallion “Glenormiston Praize” from a thoroughbred mare. “Praize” was a top performing Pure Bred Stallion and went on to produce a myriad of top Pure Bred and Part bred performers.

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

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

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

John Tennant Publicity officer

More about the Adelaide event: http://www.australian3de.com.au/ 

Michael J. O’Malley Award

In the spirit of Michael J. O’Malley and to commemorate the initiative and passion displayed in his pioneering visit to Olympia with two Connemara ponies, an annual award will be given to an International (someone outside of Ireland) owner, or breeder, who has selflessly promoted the Connemara Pony during their lifetime.

Historical Introduction: The Michael J. O’Malley Legacy

Michael O'Malley

Michael O’Malley

Michael J. O’Malley was born in Rosmuc, Connemara, Co. Galway in 1884. He took great pride in his native Connemara Pony and was among those present at a meeting of the Connemara Pony committee, held in Clifden on 15th November 1911, when a description and definition of the Connemara Pony was drawn up. An attempt to form a Society failed, but Michael O’Malley was passionately determined to promote his beloved, Connemara Pony.

In June 1912, Michael O’Malley, Joe Welsh and two Connemara Ponies (the stallion, Irish Dragoon, and mare, Eileen Alanna) travelled the long journey from Rosmuc, the heart of Connemara, to the National Agricultural Hall (now called Olympia) in Kensington, London to take part in the 1912 World Exhibition of Breeds. His untiring efforts to raise awareness of the breed were well rewarded as his ponies were much admired. The hardships of the long journey had been worthwhile.

On his return from Olympia, Michael J. O’Malley set about trying to revive the breed. He wrote the first of many letters to the Irish Farming World titled “A Plea for the Connemara Pony” in which he deplored the deterioration of the Connemara Pony due to the introduction of unsuitable sires, and urged that steps be taken to revive the breed. He hoped to raise awareness of the Connemara Pony. Between November 1912 and July 1913, a total of twenty letters were published in the Irish Farming World, concerning the Connemara Pony. Thankfully, these letters have been preserved and published by Pat Lyne.

Eleven years later, The Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society was formed on 12th December 1923, with Rev. Father C.J. White as President and Michael J. O’Malley as Honorary Secretary. Throughout his life, Michael J. O’Malley strived to preserve, promote and improve the Connemara Pony. Michael J. O’Malley is a figure well known to historians of the Connemara breed as the man most responsible for the setting up of the CPBS and the eventual salvation of the pony as a distinct breed.

Adapted from Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society 1923 – 1998 by Elizabeth Petch; Ashbrook Stud and Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society websites

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2017 Winner: Coming March 2017


2016 Winner: Sarah Hodgkins

2016 Winner: Sarah Hodgkins


2015 Winner: John Tennant

2015 Winner: John Tennant


2014 Winner: Gisela Helin

2014 Winner: Gisela Helin


2013 Winner: Pat Lyne

2013 Winner: Pat Lyne


2012 Winner: Sue Clarke

2012 marks a special anniversary for the Connemara Pony. It has been one hundred years since Michael J. O’Malley brought the Connemara Pony to the notice of the general public.

The first ever Michael J. O’Malley Award, awarded to an international owner, or breeder, who has selflessly promoted the Connemara Pony during their lifetime, has been awarded in 2012 to Sue Clarke, Glenormiston Connemara pony Stud, Queensland, Australia.

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2012 Winner: Sue Clarke

News Around the World, Christmas 2011

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD CHRISTMAS EDITION 2012

As is usual, there has been very little, in fact no news, from Societies around the world.

Does this mean that there are no Connemara Ponies working and performing, or, just that no one has the time or interest to report on their ponies and their activities???

Given the above, readers will have to accept that which is readily available! There is a gorgeous article from an owner of the Pony that has won the “Jo Heard” trophy down under. I shall send the full article for presentation as it indicates several things, the ability of the Connemara, the joy of a child competing and then the absolute pleasure of the owner who took the pony under her wing and competed not just “in Hand” but at ODEs!

State Royal Shows have been well supported by the Connemara owners. Perth Royal led mare went to “Margylyn Lady Gwynne” owned by J Rockman. Stallion Class was awarded to “Clare Downs Outlaw” prepared by the Clare Downs Stud and this Stallion was also awarded Champion Connemara with “Glenormiston Dundrum” taking out the reserves ribbon.

In South Australia at the Kapunda Show Led Pure bred Colt /filly was awarded to “Gracefield Park Dr. Doolittle”; led Mare was taken out by “Newlands Winsome with “Glenormiston Rosanna” accepting the 2nd place ribbon. “Newlands Winsome” was awarded Champion of the Show.

In Victoria the Geelong Royal Show saw a strong field of Connemaras competing.

Led mare was awarded to “Kahean Snow Blossom”. Led Stallion ribbon went to “Gracefield park Mr. Ed” and the led pure bred gelding ribbon was awarded to “Kahean Knight Storm”.

Champion Connemara at Geelong was awarded to “Gracefield Park Mr. Ed”.

Ballarat, Victoria ran a Mountain and Moorland pony show that included Fell, New Forest and Connemara ponies. M&M Male class saw “Kahean Knight Storm” taking home the First ribbon with Connemaras taking the first 4 placings in this class.

News from Britain also indicates a strong representation of the Connemara pony in competition. One most interesting note that I received was concerning the Eldwick Riding Club’s Quadrille team. This group competes on a team of Connemara ponies all of which have competed successfully at Dressage, Working Hunter, Show Jumping, Pony Club and general showing. After some trepidation in preparation the team was entered in the British Riding Clubs SEIB Quadrille Selection trials. With Connemara ponies as their mounts the team chose an Irish theme to the music of Lord of the Dance! The team was called back into the ring for the final placings to be announced. One can imagine the joy when “Eldwick Riding Club” was announced as the fourth team that would go to Olympia. What a great triumph for the Connemara pony and the riders who competed on them!

The British Connemara pony Super Sunday saw a Stallion Parade of 30 Connemara pony Stallions. These ponies ranged from mature aged Males down to recently inspected and graded Colts. Some were shown in hand and some were ridden. Also on Super Sunday was a 2 hour long “Showing Clinic” and this was followed by an “Open Jumping Clinic”. From the reports on “Super Sunday” it is obvious that many people gained considerably from all aspects of this wonderful day.

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With winter now well settled in the Northern hemisphere very little news of the Connemara pony will be forthcoming for a while. Down under, The Connemara Part Bred has once again indicated its capabilities with a strong performance by yet another part bred Connemara in the prestigious Adelaide International Horse trials. Last year saw “Exmoor Truffles” competing in the CC1 2 event and whilst not finishing in the placings competed extremely well in all sections. In 2011 yet another part bred “Feedale Mouse” competed in CC1 2 produced yet another confident round. Placings in this class are hard to determine as yet but I shall follow this up and try to get a final result for those who are interested.

May I take this opportunity to wish all Connemara pony owners, enthusiasts and riders the very best for the Christmas period. May the year 2012 be a happy riding time for you all and may your ponies produce many wonderfully keen and talented off spring to take you further into Connemara performance areas as yet untouched by you!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

John Tennant
ICCPS Publicity officer

News Down Under, July 2011

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.

ICCPS_down_under_july_2011_img_0Manola 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!!!

ICCPS_down_under_july_2011_img_1Another 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!

News from Australian summer 2011

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.

australian_summer_2011_img_0SHOWJUMPING:
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.

EVENTING:
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!

australian_summer_2011_img_1In 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