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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.

Great Britain: Spring 2013 Connemara Success

Connemara ponies are loved by everyone in any discipline!  Penny Smith, Chairman of the British Dressage Supporters Club, loves hacking out on the North Downs in Surrey on her ‘gorgeous’ connemara pony Callum.   She says ‘I’m really lucky as he is beautifully schooled, loves to jumps and is known at the yard as PP – perfect pony!

On Sunday 14th April 2013, five teams of Connemara ponies competed at the NPS Dressage Finals at Addington Manor.  Three teams competed in the Prelim 12 and two in the Novice 27, with each rider also competing individually in their arena.  There were so many Connemara entries that they had their own dedicated arena for both tests!   The scores were then added together and the top 10 riders stayed for an unmounted presentation at the end of the day – from our teams, 7 ponies from Prelim and 4 ponies from Novice were in the top 10!

Louise Helyer riding Breaffy Delight win the 80T class in the 2013 Stirlingshire Saddle Fitters Arena Event held at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre

Louise Helyer riding Breaffy Delight win the 80T class in the 2013 Stirlingshire Saddle Fitters Arena Event held at Gleneagles Equestrian Centre

Results of the Prelim test:

  • 1st  Julia Woods on St Flannans Aodhan
  • 2nd Debbie Boylan on Kippure Norma
  • 3rd Julia Woods on Wormsley Glen Paddy
  • 4th Claire Cornwell on Tyan Tyriana
  • 8th Gillian Hasberry on Kilmiston Night Hawk
  • 9th Louise Johnson on Croftbank Finnella
  • 10th Patsy Drake on Alfie

Results of the Novice test:

  • 1st Julia Woods on St Flannans Aohdan;  2nd Claire Cornwell on Tyan Tyriana;
  • 5th Julia Woods on Wormsley Glen Paddy and Debbie Boylan on Kippure Norma

As Julia Woods on St Flannans Aodhan won both Prelim and Novice, they were asked to perform a freestyle test to music to decide the Supreme Championship.  The standard was extremely high and St Flannans Aodhan was crowned 1st Reserve Supreme!

Sarah Webb & Wefan NPS dress team Saskatoon

Sarah Webb & Wefan Saskatoon

The Connemara Charms team won the Prelim team competition, out of 23 teams entered – team members were Julia Woods on St Flannans Aodhan, Gillian Hasberry on St Flannans Sorcha, Claire Cornwell on Tyan Tyriana and Sarah Webb on Wefan Saskatoon.

The Connemara Rebels team were placed 7th in the Prelim team competition, with team members Louise Johnson on Croftbank Finnella, Sarah Fortune on Mundon Twilight, Gillian Hasberry on Kilmiston Night Hawk and Patsy Drake on Alfie.   Many congratulations to all riders and ponies for doing so very well!

BE Kirriemuir

BE Kirriemuir

With the start of the eventing season, two ponies – Breaffy Delight and Eques Junior – have really exceeded their owner’s expectations!   First time cross country, only five years old and coming 14th and 18th respectively in the Kieriemuir BE 90 section of the Horse Trials.  Both ponies did decent dressage tests scoring 35 & 39.5, both had one showjump down and both clear cross country with time penalties.   James Helyer could have not been more pleased with both his daughter and her two rides!   Louise Helyer was doing her first BE event in 10 years, and they definitely plan to do more this season, moving up to BE 100 if all goes well.  James tells me he bought them as 4 yr olds, and that they are such lovely characters!   Obviously Louise has put in a lot of work over the past year to do so well in their first event.   Well done Louise and James – good luck in the future!

During the winter showing season, Mathew Lawrence scored a double with his two Connemara rides at Stretcholt’s Winter Show.  Judge Sue Phelan chose Tulira Dardg for top spot in the novice class and Blackthorn Passion in the open class.   Matthew opted to stay on Passion for the championship, when Dardg was ridden by Gemma James to claim the title.   The Tulira Connemara Stud is located in Ireland and Gloucestershire and run by co-owner Serena Cookson, whose grandmother Lady Anne Hamphill founded the stud and is based in Ireland with the renowned connemara stallion Tulira Robuck, Dardg’s sire.  Judge Sue Phelan commented: ‘my champion has a super temperament and is true to type, with lots of timber.  For a stallion he was impeccably behaved for his first outing.  I expect both him and my reserve – a lovely mare – to go on and do very well’.  Blackthorn Passion is by former Olympia ridden champion Bunowen Castle Ri, bred by Jackie Webb.   The 6 yr old did well in-hand, winning at the Royal Show in 2009, and she has won every time out in Picton classes, but hasn’t yet been aimed at RIHS or HOYS qualifiers.   ‘I’ve kept her as a novice to give her time to mature, but she will possibly go on to do the qualifiers later in the year’ said Mathew.

In showjumping, at Ingleston, Alex Gill celebrated his birthday weekend with victory in the Peace, Love, World Pony Adventurer class on his new ride Wildwood Silver.  They finished marginally ahead of local rider PJ Williams with Just Dolce.  ‘He’s a super sort who’s won on all three of his last outings’ said Alex.

At the Arena UK Large Pony Premier show, Emily Ward and Prospect Eddie achieved 2nd place in the first day’s JC qualifier after an electric jump off over Di Boddy’s up to height and technical track, and the following day Scarlett Worrow and Dancing Hero did the same – both just being ‘pipped to the post’ by Millie Allen on Unorthodox Blue, who was in scintillating form.   15 yr old Scarlett was ecstatic with her place ‘I’m a bit starstruck after being in that line up.  Compared with showing, it’s so much harder to get placed, let alone win, in showjumping’.  Prospect Eddie was in excellent form at the Addington Manor Pony Premier show also, taking the Winter JC on both days, with a tight jump-off time giving few clears in the Sunday class.  Emily executed every conceivable inside turn, and stated ‘he’s ‘Mr Consistent’, is usually in the third round and is seriously fast at turning!’’.

Georgina Heeney on Gurteen Champ jumped the sole double clear in both the Blue Chip Coral and JC/JA Pro Sparkle at Quob, Hampshire.   What seemed a straightforward track from Matt Hoskins produced only two clears in the first round.  Georgina said ‘the first round was quite technical, though it seemed straightforward when I walked it.  The spreads were quite wide and I think that was catching some people out – you had to ride positively’.   She had already qualified for the Sapphire and Pro Sparkle, and now she has the Coral qualification too.   7 yr old Gurteen Champ has been owned by Georgina for four years.  She said ‘It’s my final year in juniors and I’m aiming to qualify for HOYS as I’d like to make the most of it.  I jumped my final Foxhunter double clear today, so now we’ll do second rounds’.

In dressage, at the South West Winter Regional Dressage Championships, Sara Squires returned to her happy hunting ground on Linda Penfold’s 15.3hh part-bred connemara Irish Dream to head the medium restricted class.   Sara said ‘He’s a super consistent little horse’!

Clare Day and Ninja II won both elementary tests at Sissons Farm, Cambridgeshire, scoring 65% in elementary 42 and 64% in the elementary 49 qualifier.   The 11 yr old connemara x TB was bought as an allrounder, but Clare has recently been concentrating on flat work.   ‘I was bitten by the dressage bug taking my daughter to shows’ said Clare, ‘and now I’m addicted.   We’ve been working on transitions within the paces to encourage Ninja to engage behind more, and he’s become stronger and finds the work easier’.

Amanda Bowie, who piloted the 10 yr old connemara The Silver Spirit to 69.72% in the novice freestyle at Rowallan, trains with Jane Rutherford.  ‘Alfie had a Rolfing (holistic therapy) session with Pauline Kidd last week’ said Amanda.  ‘I can see a real difference and it seems to make him feel good.

In showing, at the Heart of England show, 19 yr old Lauren Campion and Chilham Aquarius took reserve in the Heritage Pretty Polly section and booked their place at Hickstead.  The 8 yr old gelding by Castle Comet out of Chiltern Quota is home-produced by Lauren, who works full time in the family business making brow bands for the Mrs Candy equestrian range.   The pair also had a fantastic P(UK) winter, taking two championships and RIHS qualification in the intermediate and large breed sections.  Competitors in the outdoor working hunter ring had testing weather but Paul Thompson’s up to height twisting track jumped well.   Champion was Matt Cooper from Yorkshire with his partner of five years Mirah Kilgobben Rebel, a 16 yr old by Westside Mirah, who won the intermediate workers section at the RIHS in 2010.  Matt said ‘he can be very quirky – but he is an out-and-out performer and loves a big track’.

And finally, how to fill in spare time successfully!  Heidi O’Brien went showjumping before the eventing and showing seasons started again, and managed to qualify Ballynahowen King and her other ride for the Horsequest UK novice final.   She says ‘he is quite a challenge – not everyone’s cup of tea, and he’d had five or six homes in Ireland by the time he was 4 yrs old – but he’s a real pocket rocket and shines at eventing!’

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.

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