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CPBS December 2013 Newsletter

 Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society

Christmas Newsletter 2013

New Christmas Show: On December 12th 1923 the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society was formed. December 2013 marks the ninetieth anniversary of the CPBS. To celebrate this milestone the Society is organising a ‘Celebration of the Connemara Pony’ in Creagh Equestrian Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway on Saturday 14th December. Starting at 10am, there will be a colt foal and a filly foal class. The winner of the colt foal class will receive the Irish Dragoon Galway Irish Crystal trophy and the winner of the filly foal class will win the Eileen Alanna Galway Irish Crystal trophy. Foals must be weaned.

Well known performance pony producers Clare Oakes and Denise Norton will deliver a clinic on conformation, giving a detailed assessment of four geldings both from an in-hand and performance point of view. Dressage rider Mary Mitchell will give a display with musical accompaniment on her homebred Western May.

A new book published by the CPBS will be launched by Séan Kyne, TD, entitled “The Connemara Pony – Celebrating 90 Years”. It is a photographic tribute to the Connemara Pony, containing over 160 photos and priced at €20 it will make an ideal Christmas present for any equine lover.

The CPBS acknowledges that the success of the Connemara pony would not be possible without the loyalty of it’s breeders and members. The two longest serving members of the CPBS and the three families who have owned the same pony family for the longest period of time will each be presented with a certificate of loyalty.

Part of Christmas is about having fun and the CPBS is encouraging riders to have fun with their Connemara ponies. A team obstacle race will be held and a fancy dress class will be held for adults and children. Everyone is welcome to attend and partake in Celebrating the Connemara Pony. Admission is free. There will be a pig on a spit and mulled wine for everyone and a special guest in a red suit will be there on the day. We hear the reindeer are busy getting ready for their big trip so he may have to arrive on his Connemara pony.

For more information please visit www.cpbs.ie .

New Council Members: Four seats were filled on the CPBS Council at our recent AGM. Jane Andrews, Michael Laffey, and John Riordan were re-elected to the Council, while Mossie Joyce was newly elected. At the first Council meeting following the AGM, Andy O’Donoghue was re-elected as President, Henry O’Toole and John Varley were elected as Vice-Presidents, Dermot Power as Treasurer and John Riordan as Honorary Secretary.

An Capaillín: Orders are now being taken for Volume XIII of An Capaillín. It is priced at €10 + €6.50 p+p and packed full of interesting news, results, articles and photos, it is sure to be an interesting read for any Connemara pony fan over Christmas. All Irish orders placed before Friday 20th December will be dispatched in time for Christmas. To order a copy please call 095 21863 or email enquiries@cpbs.ie .

Memberships: Members are reminded that their annual subscription for 2014 is now due. Payment can be accepted by cheque or credit / debit card. Please ensure your membership is paid before 31st January to be eligible to vote at the 2014 AGM.

New Book: The CPBS are launching a new book “The Connemara Pony – Celebrating 90 Years” on Saturday 14th December. It is a photographic tribute to the Connemara pony with some explanatory text and is the ideal Christmas present for any equine enthusiast. Orders are now being taken. It costs €20 + €6.50 p+p. If you wish to order this and An Capaillín the total postage cost for the two items will be €7.50.

VAT on CPBS Services: From January 1st 2014, 23% VAT will be charged on all foal registrations, transfers of ownerships and inspection fees. All studbooks have been notified by Revenue to charge VAT on services.

CPBS Awards: The CPBS will present a number of awards on Saturday 14th December at the Christmas Show. Elizabeth Petch and Stephanie Brooks will each receive a certificate of loyalty for being the two longest serving members of the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society. Mrs Petch became a member of the CPBS in 1960 and Mrs. Brooks became a member in 1964.

Families whom have had the same dam line for the longest period of time according to the studbook will also be honoured at the show and their dedication to the Connemara pony acknowledged.

The Griffin Family, Screebe, Rosmuc, Co. Galway and their well know pedigree line of windy ponies began in 1929 with the birth of Furnace Lass registered by Mr. Mairitin Griffin in the first volume of the studbook with mare number (366). This line continues today with Mairtin’s nephew Coleman and his 2012 filly Windy Snow Drift (Streamstown Mickey S1-2724 x Windy Dawn M1-17663).

The Keaney Family, Murvey, Roundstone, Co. Galway is synonymous with Connemara Ponies. Bred today under the Murvey prefix the line began in 1930 when Thomas Keaney registered his mare Silver Spray under the number (328) in the first studbook and continues to Murvey Michaela (M3-28594) born in 2012 (Glencarrig Patrick S1-6074 x Murvey Cara M12753) owned by Bernard Keaney. The tradition lives on with Thomas’ grandsons Thomas, Marty & Bernard and looks to continue with great grandson Jack.

The Sullivan Family, Lissoughter, Recess, Co. Galway registered Retreat (320) foaled in 1931. Registered by Michael Sullivan this began the chain that would continue through Thomas, Christy and today Gerry Sullivan with his mare Pride Lady (M1-20192) (Callowfeenish Buachaill 1002 x Christy’s Pride 11903.)

Documentary on Connemara Ponies: Capaillíní Chonamara’ is the title of a new documentary film on the Connemara Pony which will be screened on TG4 on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th at 7:45p.m. The film is produced by Donnacha O Briain of Union Films Ltd., Dublin and was shot in Connemara during the summer of 2012. The 52 minute film is packed with beautiful ponies, stunning scenery and interviews with breeders (also beautiful and stunning) and is sure to be enjoyed by a massive audience during the holiday period.

Spring Weekend: The 2014 Spring Festival Weekend will take place from Thursday 27th March to Sunday 30th March. The highlight of the weekend will be the annual stallion parade on Sunday 30th March. Colt inspections, educational clinics and lots more events will form the rest of the weekend. To stay up to date with events planned please visit www.cpbs.ie or find us on Facebook.

Connemara Pony Festival: The 2014 Connemara Pony Festival will run from Sunday 17th August to Sunday 24th August. The loose jumping and green hunter finals will take place on Wednesday 20th August, the in-hand and ridden classes will run on Thursday 21st August and the working hunter classes, the high performance classes and the Puissance competition will take place on Friday 22nd August. Details of all events will be available soon on www.cpbs.ie .

Maam Cross Sale: A catalogue sale of 170 registered Connemara ponies will be held in Maam Cross Mart on Sunday 8th December commencing at 11am. Please contact 091 552254 for more details.

Elite Sales Group: The Connemara Pony Elite Sales Group is a newly formed marketing body whose primary aim is to promote sales of Connemara Ponies. It is an independent organisation, working with the support of the CPBS. The Group will facilitate the assessment, display, presentation, and independent marketing of the Connemara Pony.

It is now planned by the CPESG to host a select sale of Ridden Connemara Ponies in Spring 2014, with selection days to be held in late February / early March. It is intended to follow this with an Elite Foal sale in August 2014. Details of these sales will be available from their Facebook page at: facebook.com/connemaraponyelitesalesgroup.

The Group consists of the following members:

Michael Flanagan (michaelflanagan88@yahoo.ie / 086 3680885)

Robbie Fallon (robbie@cashelbay.com / 087 2324627)

Philip McManus (gerrymmcmanus@eircom.net / 087 2749109)

Mary Uí Chadhain (maireuichadhain@gmail.com.ie / 087 9825045)

Brendan Coyne (brendancoyne505@gmail.com / 087 2346520)

Keith Murray (whitethornstud@gmail.com / 086 7840131)

Éamonn Mac Lochlainn (eamonn@ashbrookstud.ie)

Clifden Sales: A Connemara pony sale will be held in Clifden Mart on Saturday 22nd February. Entries are now being taken.

A special sale of performance ponies will take place on Saturday 29th March, this sale is open solely to Connemara Ponies who are 4 years old and over, all ponies must be broken & ridden.

Each pony will have to be vetted in advance of this sale, and entries will be limited to 120 lots only. This sale promises to be a first class event.

Viewing of all lots performing will take place on the morning of sale for 3 hours from 9am to 12pm. Sale will start at 12 noon.  Entry forms for this sale will be available from Monday 16th December 2013, the closing date for entries is Friday February 14th 2014.

For more details please contact Clifden Mart on 095 21861 or visit www.connemaraponysales.com .

Database: Work on our online database is almost complete and we hope to have it launched on www.cpbs.ie over the coming days. It will be automatically updated on a daily basis to ensure breeders have as up to date information as possible. We apologise for the delay in getting it up and running.

Christmas Office Hours: The CPBS Office will close on Friday 20th December and will re-open on Thursday 2nd January. Office opening hours are 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Member’s Feedback: The CPBS welcomes feedback from its members. If you have any suggestions or comments please email them to enquiries@cpbs.ie or send to CPBS, The Showgrounds, Clifden, Co. Galway. We also love to hear of any Connemara doing well at home or abroad so please keep us up to date.

The Council & Staff of the CPBS wish all our members a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

News from Denmark

NEWS FROM DENMARK

AUTUMN 2012 – SPRING 2013

Welcome to the first newsletter from Denmark in 2013. I hope You will forgive, that we also have taken a bit of news from the autumn 2012.

 Banks Vanilla – 2012.

One Danish pony really placed Denmark on the map – Banks Vanilla by Tegstrups Duke x Banks Squares Do-Do bred by Jytte og Peter Bank-Mikkelsen and owned by Noel Noonan, Manor Connemara Ponies, Irland.

She wan NPS/Baileys Horse feeds M&M Ridden Pony section and became “the M&M Ridden Pony of the Year” in the class for New Forest / Connemara at The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) 2012.

Banks Vanilla, ridden by Sam Roberts, was also rewarded with  “Tagg La Liga Award” in their class M&M Ridden New Forest / Connemara.

Banks Vanilla, was following selected to participate at Olympia. With the rider Hannah Horton, they became  6th in a strong M&M ridden class with 40 competitors and ended up with the title “Best of Breed ‘ in the Connemara section at Olympia 2012.

Banks VanillaBanks Vanilla                                           Photo: Fredthecat.co.uk

 Danish born stallion inspected in Germany – 2012

The 2½ year old colt Hesselbjerggård Jaronimo by Hohnhorst Jaro x Pilgaards Maybie, bred by Karen Louise Jørgensen, Hesselbjerggård Stud farm, went in the summer to May og Holger Reimann, Hohnhorst Stud farm, Germany.

Jaronimo participated  in october in the stallioninspection in Verden and achieved Class 1.

hesselbjerggard JaronimoHesselbjerggaard Jaronimo               Photo: Holger Reimann

 Supreme Champion in Finland 2012

The Connemarapony show in Finland 2012 was wonn by the 22 y.o. Aramara Eliza. Eliza have realtionship to Denmark. Her father Ardnasillagh O’Flaherty was sold from Denmark to Finland and her mother is the Danish born mare Pilgårds Camilla (Padraigh of Rosenaharley x Kærvangs Candie).

Amarara Eliza got several titles that day; Best mare – Best pony born in Finland – Supreme Champion in hand and Reserve ridden Champion. Really great of a pony, who, the year before, was very ill and only acute operation saved her life.

Aramara ElizaAramara Eliza                                        Photo: Satu Pitkänen

Danish born stallion to Ireland 2013.

We are proud, that one more Danish stallion have taken the journey to Ireland; AC-Samson af Engvang by Skousboe Morning Rock x AC-Soft Jewel af Engvang (Øxenholm Godot x Øxenholm Sleepy Eyes). Samson is bred by Anette Schou-Lund, AC-Engvang Stud farm, Bornholm and owned by May and Holger Reimann, Hohnhorst stud farm, Germany. Now he is staying by the Bourke family, Abbeyside Stud farm, Claremorris.

The Reimann family bought Samson as a youngster. Later – at the inspection – he achieved Class 1  and has also passed his performancetest.

Samson has also been in France for a year.

AC-Samson af EngvangAC-Samson af Engvang

 Teglstrup Duke CH 50   (24. maj 1986 –  5. marts  2013)

Lene og Asger Larsen, Teglstrup stud farm, Vålse, had to put down their 27 year old stallion Teglstrup Duke.

Teglstrup Duke  (Øxenholm Marble Jr x Red Baroness (Island King)) won the foalclass in 1986.  In 1990 he achieved final inspection and the same year he got the title Reserve Best in Show on Bornholm.

Duke had 2 son’s who achieved final inspection Danmark;  Baunely Dipper og Skousboe Hero plus one in Ireland; Banks Timber. Baunely Dipper is now owned in Germany and Skousboe Hero passed away in 2012.

Lene G. Nielsen (Submitted 11 December 2013)

News, October 2009

news_october2009_img_0Not much material is available from the Connemara worldwide since the European Show Jumping Championships and the great results of the Irish team in Moorsele, Belgium. The CPBS certainly made the most of it with the appearance of individual Medallist Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and silver team member Sillogue Darkie being paraded at the historic Clifden showgrounds during the Connemara festival in late August. I have it on good authority that Molly has now been sold to a Belgian owner.

In trolling through overseas magazines it appears that the new Connemara Performance Hunter Classes have proved popular in England with Rachel Suffern topping the 5yr – 7 yr class with the Ashfield Festy bred ANNAGH STORM. Brenda Short also made a successful return to the ring to ride NEWTON BLOSSOM to first place in the National Ridden Connemara title.

news_october2009_img_1At the NPS Summer Championships, Malvern Worcs. Sarah Dowdell’s Connemara, JOHN’S CUCKOO, ridden by Mathew Lawrence claimed the Mountain and Moorland Silver medal. A further Mountain and Moorland Pony show at Castlewellan, Northern Ireland saw 5year old County Down based ABBEY STORM take out the ridden mountain and moorland Championship. Storm was ridden by Sylvia Henry. This win added to the Pony’s success at Cavan Equestrian centre where he won the Northern Ireland Dressage Preliminary Championship.

– John Tennant

Roundstone All Ireland Champion of Champions Results 2009

A dream come true at Roundstone
McGrath family celebrate

The All Ireland Champion of Champions Connemara Pony show at Roundstone provided the McGrath family from Hazelrock House, Claregalway, with a memorable day as Kieran McGrath’s two-year-old colt Glencarrig Romeo (Bunowen Bobby-Fairyhill Helen) won the Junior championship and the Murty McGrath memorial cup given by the family to Roundstone in memory of their father.

The show was honoured by a visit from Deputy Enda Kenny T.D. Leader of Fine Gael who presented the cup. The reserve junior championship remained in Roundstone with Caillin Conneely’s Letterdyfe Rachel Rose (Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Letterdyfe Rose). Judged supreme champion foal was Monaghanstown Shannon (Linsfort Barney-Monaghanstown Sheeba) owned by Pat & Mary Rabbitt from Monaghanstown Stud, in Westmeath. Caoranbeg Champ owned by Peter O’Malley from Carraroe was reserve champion foal.

The good wine was kept till last, with a perfect end to a perfect day, when judges Jane Darragh wife of the late Paul Darragh and Michael Western from Grey Abbey, Belfast, awarded Glencarrig Romeo Supreme All Ireland Champion of champions ahead of Dooneen Alice (Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Jennifer Rose) owned and bred by Peter Molloy from Claddaghduff in reserve.

Chairman Paddy McDonagh and his committee deserve great credit for the overall presentation and attention to detail that surrounds this show. On Sunday the founders of 1923 would have been proud as Deputy Kenny in his opening speech complimented all the good work done over the years by so many breeders and their true dedication over the years towards the preservation of Irelands native Connemara Pony, perhaps few more so than Murty McGrath from Cregmore, on Sunday his sons did him proud.

Roundstone All Ireland Champion of Champions 13. Sept. 2009

Results

Yearling colt: 1. Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Hazy Rebel, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match- Jennifer Rose; 2. Sean Bourke’s Rathlacken Richard, by Seoigeach-Katie the Kid; 3. Kieran McGrath’s Hazelrock Horizon, by Bunowen Bobby-Smokey Jimmy

Yearling filly: 1. Caillin Conneely’s Letterdyfe Rachel Rose, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match- Letterdyfe Rose; 2. Martin Nee’s Doonreagha Chris, by Clooneille Cashel –Doonreagha Star; 3. Gerry King’s Ballafadda Lady, by Linsfort Barney-Cashel Bay Heather

Two year-old filly: 1. Damien Gorham’s Doonhill Queen, by Currachmore Cashel-Connemara Lady; 2. Sinead Lusby-McGrath’s Lucky Molly, by Smokey Idea-Lucky Mavourneen; 3. Cathy Stuffle’s Aoifes Pride, by Glendine Kestrel-Jasmine

Three year-old filly: 1. Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Stephanie Rose, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn- Jennifer Rose; 2. Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Heather, by Silver Shadow-Illaunurra Mist; 3. Gearoid Curran’s Glencarrig Rose, by Coosheen Storm Boy-April Rose

Two &Three year-old colts: 1. Kieran McGrath’s Glencarrig Romeo, by Bunowen Bobby- Fairyhill Helen; 2, Sean Conneely’s John’s Pride, by Rathcoona Cove-Ros Eo; 3, Bartley Conroy’s Callowfeenish Grey, by Monaghanstown Pat-Callowfeenish Mist

Junior champion: Glencarrig Romeo Reserve: Letterdyfe Rachel Rose

Filly foal: 1. Pat & Mary Rabbitt’s Monaghanstown Shannon, by Linsfort Barney- Monaghanstown Sheeba; 2. Sean Cooney’s Loughmore Katy, by Kingstown Boy-Corrib Misty; 3. Cathal Mullen’s Gurteen Independent, by Linsfort Barney-Independent.

Colt foal: 1. Peter O’Malley’s Caoranbeg Champ, by Moorland Snowy River-Ballowstown Bibi; 2. Myles Feeney’s by Fernville Danny-Tullykyne Princess; 3. Martin Nee’s Doonreagh Marty, by Coolillaun Cushlawn-Doonreagh Star

Champion foal: Monaghanstown Shannon Reserve: Caoranbeg Champ

Stallions: 1. Eamon Burke’s Clooneile Cashel, by Cloonisle Cashel-Tolka Bridge; 2. Robbie & Barbara Fallon’s Cashelbay Cruise, by I Love you Melody-Coosheen Pheasant; 3. Sid Whorley’s Ballinavilla Prince, by Mervyn Pookhaun-Doon Fairy

Four to six year-old mare with or without foal: 1, Peter Molloy’s Dooneen Alice, by Frederiksminde Hazy Match-Jennifer Rose; 2. P.J.Burke’s Glencarrig Maud, by Castlestrange Fionn-Coosheen Breeze; 3. Roger & Laura Brady’s Vinnura Lola, by Drymills Bridgeboy- Cloonboy Lady

Seven to twelve year-old mare with or without foal: 1. Noel Brett’s Foreglos Lass, by Wings of Victory-Foreglos Matchmaker; 2. Bernard Keaney’s Murvey Cara, by Boden Park Finnard- Cashel Cherry; 3. Michael Naughton’s Glencarrig Roisin, by Castlestrange Fionn-April Rose

Mare thirteen year-old and over with or without foal: 1. Frances & Deirdre O’Reilly’s Glenmore Kelly’s Owen, by Abbeyleix Owen-Gentian Gold; 2. Jane Andrew’s Coral Mistys Jane, by Cloonisle Cashel-Coral Misty; 3. Grace Maxwell Murphy’s Lakeside Lady, by Abbeyleix Dolphin-Kits Bay

Gelding class: 1. Grace Maxwell Murphy’s Smokey Biscuit, by Glencarrig Prince-Smokey Star (one entry)

Bay Mare class: 1. Seamus Keady’s Gleann Rua Godiva, by Westside Mirah-Moonlight; 2. Patrick Conneely’s Moyvoon Breeze, by Streamstown Larry-Moyvoon Lady 3. Pat O’Neill’s Illaunurra Mist, by Corncullen Silver Belle-Village Mist

All Ireland Supreme Champion of Champions: Glencarrig Romeo Reserve: Dooneen Alice

Roundstone Show Chairman Paddy McDonagh with Deputy Enda Kenny.T.D. Leader of Fine Gael, who opened the All Ireland Champion of Champions Connemara Pony show

Roundstone Show Chairman Paddy McDonagh with Deputy Enda Kenny.T.D. Leader of Fine Gael, who opened the All Ireland Champion of Champions Connemara Pony show

Ruth Rogers 14/9/09

Midlands Connemara Show Results 2009

Midlands Connemara Pony Show Results
26/7/09

Yearling colt-1, Val Noone’s Beech King, by Monaghanstown Boy-Beech Girl; 2, Kieran McGrath’s Hazlerock Horizon, by Bunowen Bobby- Smokey Jimmy; 3, Laura McWeeney’s Stanley Lad, by Oisin-Ballybaun Blossom.

Yearling filly-1, Laura McWeeney’s Addrigoole Annabel, by Castleside Carrig- Addrigoole Heather; 2,Mairtin Nee’s Doonreghan Chris, by Cloon – Eile Cashel- Doonreghan Star; 3,Tom Clancy’s Ohill Silver Molly, by I Love You Melody- Beaghbeg Silver.

Two to three-year- old colt-1, Ciaran Curran’s Glencarrig Patrick, by Glencarrig Prince-Festy Lady; 2, Anne Conroy Conneely’s Errismore Rocky, by Currachmore Cashel-Gold Label; 3,James Naan’s Galloon Ceol, by Murphy’s Oscar-Newtown Golden Rose.

Two year old filly-1, Damien Gorham’s Doonhill Queen, by Currachmore Cashel- Connemara Lady; 2, Henry O’Toole’s Castle Jessie, by Janus-Village Girl; 3, F. & D. O’Reilly’s Glenmore Kelly’s Commotion, by True Commotion-Glenmore Kelly’s Owen.

Two year-old filly-Ballinasloe Qualifier-Eddie Duffy’s Beech Cailin, by Monaghanstown Boy-Beech Girl.

Three year old filly-1, Kevin Jacob’s Ardnore Silver Lady, by Glencarrig Lexus- Ardnore Seabird; 2,Mairtin Nee’s Doonreghan Rose, by Currachmore Cashel- Doonreghan Star; 3,Mick McMenamon’s Newgrange Beauty, by Wings of Justice- Tara.

Junior champion: Glencarrig Patrick; Reserve: Ardnor Silver Lady.

Open Stallions-1, Padraic & Nicola Heanue’s Village Fionn, by Boden Park Finnard- Village Grey; 2,Joanne Grogan’s Mountain Cascade, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn- Mountain Lady; 3, Seamus Keady’s Skousboe Morning Rock, by Hazy Dawn- Frederiksminde Mellow.

Midlands All Ireland Broodmare Championship-1, Sinead McGrath’s Lucky Hazel, by Mac Owen-Lucky Anna; 2,Roger & Laura Brady’s Vinnura Lola, by Drymills Bridgeboy-Clonboy Lady; 3,James Leahy’s Moorland Lady Jane, by Boden Park Finnard-Star Bright.

Four to six year old mare with /without foal at foot-1, Roger & Laura Brady’s Vinnura Lola, by Drymills Bridgeboy-Clonboy Lady; 2,Rosscon Cover Girl, by Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Rosscon Sun Mist; 3,P.J.Burke’s Glencarrig Maud, by Castlestrange Fionn-Coosheen Breeze.

Seven to ten year-old mare-1, Joan Dolan’s Kilpatrick Maple, by Monaghanstown Fred-Moorland Juliet; 2,Michael Holmes Robe Moonlight, by Thunderball-Gleann Rua Lady; 3,Martin Feeney’s Danesfield Heather, by Moy Hazy Cove-Danesfield Rose.

Eleven year-old and over Mare with/without foal-1, James Leahy’s Moorland Lady Jane, by Boden Park Finnard-Star Bright; 2,Grace Maxwell Murphy’s Lakeside Lady, by Abbeyleix Dolphin-Kits Bay; 3,Breda Horan’s Kilmeen Jane, by Cloonisle Cashel- Rhylin Saorise.

Thirteen two hands and under mare-1, Briget Snow’s Whitegate Joy, by Windy Day-Sheen Lass; 2,Nuala Prendergast’s Woodland Pebbles, by Rosenaharley Rowley- Maumore Abbey; 3,Eugene Doyle’s Misty Lady, by Little Rascal-Lady Charlotte.

Filly foal-1, Sean Cooney’s Loughmore Molly, by Kingstown Boy-Corrib Misty; 2,Pat & Mary Rabbitt’s by Linsfort Barney-Monaghanstown Sheeba; 3,Barry & Fiona Leek’s Sraghmore May Blossom, by Grange Kings Surf-Kennylodge Pride.

Colt foal-1, James Leahy’s by Moonlight Silver Shadow-Moorland Lady Jane; 2,Paddy McCormack’s by Monaghanstown Boy-Beech Girl; 3,Dermot Farrell’s by Monaghanstown Prince-Ervelough Ciara.

Champion foal: Loughmore Molly

Best Dun pony-1, Lady Maria Levinge’s Grange Aine Sparrow, by Monaghanstown Fionn-Grange Agnes Sparrow; 2,Eugene Doyle’s Finlea Lass, by Maam Hill- Sellernane Queen; 3,Rachel Farrell’s Clonkeen Bock, by Celtic Bobby Sparrow-Elton Cove.

Best Bay or Black pony-1, Patrick Conneely’s Moyvoon Breeze, by Streamstown Larry-Moyvoon Lady; 2,Alice Norton’s Robe Knight, by Robe Earl-Rose Donn Aluinn; 3,Mike Glynn’s Misty Star, by Coral Star-Waterfall Mist.

Best Handled pony-1, Maria Doonican’s My Cashel Eile, by Currachmore Cashel- Doe Primrose; 2, P.J.Burke’s Glencarrig Maud, by Castlestrange Fionn-Coosheen Breeze; 3, Kieran Guinness Dunlewey Snipe, by Ashfield Plover-Dunlewey Sinead.

Supreme Champion: Moorland Lady Jane Reserve: Village Fionn.

Ridden Classes.
Champion ridden pony: sponsored by Jim Derwin Bloodstock –1,Blackwood Fernando;(Alicia Devlin Byrne) Reserve: Cock Robin (Michelle Mallon)

Sarah Miller Future Performance Pony sponsored by the Miller family -1, Lucy Tottenham’s Cloragh April Jewel, byAshfield Hunters Jewel-Milford Ladybird (Joanna Tottenham) 2,Peadar Murphy’s Springfield Shadow, by Innellan Kestral- Meavis (Jack Bolger) 3,Amy Whittle’s Ashfield Jack Sparrow, by Wings of Victory- Dooneen May Lady (Hannah Whittle)

Four year and over Performance class-1, Lady Hemphill’s Tulira Katie Daly, by New Beginnings Tulira Mary Claire;(Elaine Creaven) 2,
Claire Devlin’s Blackwood Fernando, by Ferdia-Dancing Queen; Alicia Devlin Byrne) 3,Louise Andrew’s Carnalecka Earl, by Earl of Newbridge-Moygara Ashfield. (Jonathan Andrew)

Working Hunter four years and over (U.16) -1, Claire Devlin’s Blackwood Fernando (Alicia Devlin Byrne) 2, Louise Andrew’s Carnlecka Earl Jonathan Andrew) 3, Lady Hemphill’s Tulira Katie Daly (Elaine Creaven)

Working Hunter four years and over (O.16) 1-Pamela Lydon’s Acton Rolo, byHazy Lee-Field of Dreams (Orlath Lydon) 2,Olive Lynch’s Charleville Playboy, by Ashfield Festy-Garryhinch Queen (Kate Ryan) 3,Laura Corrigan’s Horse Haven Merrylegs, by Thunder Bay-Carravilla Star (Laura Corrigan)

Ruth Rogers P.R.O.

Connemara Success at European Championships 2009

EUROPEAN SHOWJUMPING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009 MOORSELE – BELGIUM

The European Showjumping Championships at Moorsele, Belgium were conducted recently. Approx. 20 Connemara ponies from several countries competed making the Connemara the most conspicuous breed at the Championships. The CPBS sponsored the Connemara ponies Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and Sillogue Darkie. in this prestigious championship.

BALLYOWEN MAYBELLE MOLLY is by Monaghanstown Fred from the mare Ballyowen Bonny Bell. She was bred by John and Jenny Richardson, owned by Anthony McCormack and ridden by Kellie Allen. Molly was upgraded this year and won the 6-7 year old European Championship at Fontainebleu and has qualified for the 148A class at Dublin.

SILLOGUE DARKIE is by Ard Talisman from the mare Coillchru Esmerelda. Bred and owned by Eamonn Briscoe and ridden by Michael Duffy, Darkie has represented Ireland individually and in teams events in Belgium, Italy, France, England, Holland and Germany. Last year he won the premium pony league with rider Jessica Burke and this year is leading the league once again with rider Michael Duffy..He has qualified for the 148 Class at the RDS, the Star finder at Banteer.

Boston Burgler, another Connemara from Ireland also competed. Burgler is a member of the Irish Eventing team and had 189 SJAI points when he started eventing.

Ballyowen Maybelle Molly and Sillogue Darkie were jumping for Ireland in the team trials. The show jumpers were leading on a zero score at the halfway stage following clears from Kellie Allen (Ballyowen Maybelle Molly) and Michael Duffy (Sillogue Darkie). The team-mates all faulted second time out to leave the final Irish tally at 12 faults, which allowed the Danish team to claim gold when they completed with eight on the board while Germany took bronze when finishing with 16.

A few days later Ballyowen Maybelle Molly ended up seizing the gold medal in the individual trials Not only did a Connemara Pony attained such glory for her breed, but after Molly’s jump-off against Denmark’s Christiane Tetzlaff, second place went to Murphy’s Flight (sold out of Ireland to Denmark some two years ago) – another Connemara! Sillogue Darkie finished xxx in the individual competition.

We look forward to hearing more results by Connemara ponies in the European Championships.Connemara Success at European Championships

Connemara News and Thoughts in Ireland’s Equestrian

CONNEMARA NEWS – AND – THOUGHTS UPON WHICH TO PONDER

Those of you who are lucky enough to be able to purchase the magazine “Ireland’s Equestrian” will probably have already read the article on “Kippure Stud – The Business of Connemaras”

Many of you will probably have visited “Kippure”, spoken to Michael Igeo and realised the depth of Connemara knowledge that he possesses and will readily appreciate the message that is contained in his article on page 69 – 71 of the March April issue of Ireland’s Equestrian.

Michael outlines the primary use of the Connemara Pony in the early days and the market forces that saw change in the use of the Pony – consumerism, specialisation, dependence and market propaganda prevailed with the system of brood mares no longer expected to be worked and tested thoroughly. Faults and weaknesses that other wise would be found at the source of the working were now getting through. He speaks of a broad universal knowledge that is now found in place of what was a narrow detailed personal knowledge of individual ponies and the breed in general that lasted from childhood until death. Succession meant inherited knowledge and the passing on of this knowledge.

Understanding the relationship of “form and function” holds the key to success. Get it wrong and the result is devastating he states. Selective breeding is an art, which is second nature to someone who is gifted with the knowledge. Understanding the bloodlines and back breeding requires patience and analysis. He refers to the knowledge of Susan De Vesci, Jimmy Jones and Graham Tulloch that represented a Life’s work, a philosophy committed to memory.

In the heading – “Links in the chain” -Michael refers to the activities of the later part of the 20th century and the problems of inbreeding, over height, lack of bone etc. Michael states that as we delve further into the Connemara Pony, the more impressive is the impact that some of our predecessors have made. These vital links must be maintained, as without them, the demise is hastened.

“Need for reform –Blueprints for competition” Michael believes that our endeavours are to build on the efforts of our past stalwart breeders and be authentic in this restoration. The “In-Hand” world is only a small glimpse into the story of the Connemara Pony. Ponies must be bred that will meet customers expectations. There is a need to instil confidence in the industry of breeding Connemara ponies that in fact possess those unique qualities of the Connemara pony that can and do perform As well as and in fact better than most.

An interesting and thought provoking article for those who have concerns for the future of the Connemara pony.