REPORT FROM DENMARK – MARCH 2014
50th Anniversary of the Danish Connemara Pony Breeders Society
In 2014 we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Danish Connemara Pony Breeders Society, founded in 1964. The society was founded by 7 breeders who owned 5 ponies, 1 stallion and 4 mares. We will celebrate this anniversary on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd august 2014. More to come in 2014, please keep an eye on our website www.connemarapony.dk for updates on this event.
The Annual Inspection and Show:
The big event of the year is our annual inspection and show. 20 ponies were entered for inspections and 35 ponies for show. The judges were Henry O’Toole, Ireland, Jørgen Finderup and Ann Dupont both from Denmark. It was held over 2 days, the first day on Bornholm, an island in the Baltic Sea near Sweden. The weather was good and it was the hottest day of the year with 33,3 °C, which made it a bit of a challenge for ponies, exhibitors and judges.
In Denmark Class 1 for mares is divided into I. class + Medal, I. class and II. class A.
Two mares were graded in I. class on Bornholm.:
HESTEKLEWA MARY (Hesteklewa Wild Donovan/Skousboe Marvie) and
AC-SA’LINAS AF ENGVANG (Glencarrig Fionn/AC-Sa’lin Øndi af Engvang).
On Zeeland two stallions were graded in Class 1.
One mare got I. class + Medal + Best pony of the inspection:
ALBERTSHØJ CORADINE (Coosheen Finnegan/Frederiksminde Camilla)
And 3 mares were graded in I. class:
MØRKHØJS MINNIE M (Lærkens Catch Me/AC-Bettie Woman af Engvang),
DAMBÆKSGÅRDS SANTANA (Teglstrup Duke/AC-Star Queen af Engvang) and
HEDEGAARDENS HELENE (Teglstrup Duke/Tobæks Camilla).
7 times during the show classes the judges awarded a pony with the coveted 1 st. prize 23 points:
HESTEKLEWA MARY (Hesteklewa Wild Donovan/Skousboe Marvie)
HESSELBJERGGÅRDS CEYLON (Hohnhorst Jeremy/Hesselbjerggård Colleen)
ALBERTSHØJ CONRADINE (Coosheen Finnegan/Frederiksminde Camilla)
MØRKHØJS MINNIE M (Lærkens Catch Me/AC-Bettie Woman af Engvang)
BREDEMADGÅRDS CILLA (Lærkens Callaghan/Hyldens Primula)
LOFTY CIARA (Lofty Roderic/Beezies Bounty)
ENGHØJS LOVELY LAUREN (Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel/Enghøjs Queennie) and
HYLDENS PRIMULA (Pilgaards Sammy Jr./Øxenholm Bouchette) for a mare-family.
This year it was the same pony there took the title as Best pony of the inspection and Best in Show, both on Bornholm and Zeeland.
On Bornholm it was HESTEKLEWA MARY (Hesteklewa Wild Donovan/Skousboe Marvie) owned by the family Kaas and Hemmingsen.
And on Zeeland ALBERTSHØJ CONRADINE (Coosheen Finnegan/Frederiksminde Camilla) claimed both titles, owned by Merethe and Niels Dyrlund.
It is possible to find more photos from our inspection and show on our homepage www.connemarapony.dk
Choose the word “Resultater”, and You will find photos from several events.
The Connemara pony has been well represented at the large agriculture shows.
At The National show in Herning over 3 days, 8 Connemara ponies participated in the big horse show with other breeds. The National Show had just about 50.000 visitors this year.
Danish born Connemaraponies abroard:
We are delighted to see so many Danish Connemara ponies doing well, in and out side the Country.
We entered the year with the news from Olympia. Banks Vanilla owned by Noel Noonan and breed by Jytte and Peter Bank Mikkelsen had won Best of the breed at London International Horse Show – Olympia the 23. rd December 2012. Sadly, both grandsire, Øxenholm Marble Jr. and sire Teglstrup Duke of this succesfull pony was put to rest in the beginning of 2013. But it’s good to know that this line is continuing to do well, as Banks Timber, (Teglstrups Duke-Bank Squares Do-Do) full brother to Banks Vanilla, has been consistent in the showring in 2013. 6 times he has taken the title Supreme Champion.
In Holland Pilgaards Vogue (Maigaardens Killian/Kærvangs Candie) took a title as Supreme Champion and so did Maj (Nørlunds Cash and Go/Nørlunds Mia Maja) in Germany.
The stallion Frederiksminde Volcano (Lissroe Hurricane x Frederiksminda Christel) passed the Irish inspection at the autumn 2013.
The stallion AC-Samson af Engvang (Skovsboe Morning Rock x AC-Soft Jewel af Engvang) – owned by Reimann Family in Germany -, has been standing in Ireland for 2013.
The stallion Rhinstroems Mighty Man (Øxenholm Markbook x Kirstinelunds Juicy), owned by Patty Schmidt, Germany, has been sold to South Africa.
Regarding ponies with Danish blood in their pedigree:
Especially in Ireland and Germany we can find a lot of good results.
At the Clifden show there were Danish blood among the first 10 ponies in 11 showclasses (out of 17.)
The Junior Champion was by Laerkens Cascade Dawn – number 2 was out of a Danish mare Banks Vanilla.
In the stallion-class 4-6 y.o., there were 13 competitors – 7 among the first 10 had Danish blood – 2 of them were Danish born.
Also in the ridingclasses we had good representatives – the ridden Champion Nire Valley Belle was by Danish Frederiksminde Hazy Match. In 6 ridingclasses there were Danish names among the first 6 placed ponies
At the show in Northern Germany, there were 11 classes, where 21 ponies was placed among the first three – all with Danish blood or Danish born.
This is the name of the Danish year-book and it is possible to see it on our Society’s homepage www.connemarapony.dk . On the frontpage You will find the title “Årbog 2013”. Hope You will enjoy – at least the photos – the text is not easy for other than danes.
Performance Ponies in Denmark 2013:
BORNHOLMS CHAMPION IN MILITARY 2013
This title went to Mai Kaas on Hesteklewa Wendy ( Pilgaards Sammy Jr. x Hesteklewa Wild Woods) .
Mai also won The Nordea Cup for ponies with Wendy. The title goes to the rider, who has been best seen through all the military competitions on Bornholm – over the year. This was Mai Kaas’ last year as pony-rider.
In Denmark we have many good ridingponies – especially in Military (cross country + jumping + dressage) the ponies are doing very well.
Here are few names – other than Wendy – who has done well in 2013:
Hesselbjerggård Highlander (Pilgaards Sammy Junior x Mosens Salia)
Skousboe Candy Floss (Skousboe Morning Rock x Cheery af Ellebrud)
Siegaards Breezer (Innellan Kestrel x Siegård´s Britania)
Skolekrogens Similie (Ravnsholts Diablo x Nørlunds Sweet Souvenir)
Hedegårdens Junker (Rebel Justice x Cirkeline)
BORNHOLMS CHAMPION IN DRESSAGE 2013 (Cat. II ponies).
Others who have done well in dressage:
Wirtsmühle Delaney’s (Diamond Shamrock x Nørlunds Primrose)
Elmely’s Dun Jackoo (Mannin Bay Cuckoo x Elmely’s Jasmin)
Veddinge Fit for Fight (Lærkens Catch Me x Frederiksminde Hazy Star)
Jumping ponies who has also done well – here are a few names:
Foxcourt (Glenayre Silver Fox x Grey Mist)
Glencarrig Tully Finn (Coosheen Finnegan x Glencroft Amy)
Skousboe Mana (Frederiksminde Mandy Boy x Frederiksminde Mellow)
Skousboe Meadow (Frederiksminde Mandy Boy x Frederiksminde Mellow)
Ballycurraghan Coosheen Boy (Coosheen Thyme x Inishlacken Lass)
Quality Judgement 2013 in Jutland:
The pony is ridden by it’s own rider, and next a professional rider is riding the pony, who afterwards gives her/his opinion about the pony. The pony can achieve Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.
The results this year was:
Bredemadgårds Gilgalad, CV 43 (Innellan Kestrel S108 x Bakkedals Primadonna C844)
Dressage : GOLD
Degneloddens Donna, C842 (Frej CH 42 x Maigaardens Clover C365)
Nyholts Laureen, C 1036 (Lærkens Catch Me CH 51 x Enghøjs Lovely Lauren EC760)
Bredemadgårds Aicha, RRC 15 (Mannin Bay Cuckoo CH 99 x Bakkedals Primadonna C 844)
Ærenlund Dusty Diamond, CV 46 (Lærkens Callaghan CH 73 x Hedehusets Durrus C 938)
Hohnhorst Jamiro, DE434340258105 (Hesselbjerggård Justice DE402020610200 x Nørlunds Madigan C 570)
Dressage GOLD Jumping SILVER
Nørlunds Wizard, (Woodstock CH 100 x Nørlunds Melanie C 889)
Report submitted by: Lene Gøgsig Nielsen (March 2014)