Please click on the title below to read Connemara Pony News from Sweden prepared by Jenny Hagenblad. Photos and results in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping and Driving, plus Stallion News are included in her 5 page summary.
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)
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 email@example.com .
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org / 086 3680885)
Robbie Fallon (email@example.com / 087 2324627)
Philip McManus (firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 2749109)
Mary Uí Chadhain (email@example.com / 087 9825045)
Brendan Coyne (firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 2346520)
Keith Murray (email@example.com / 086 7840131)
Éamonn Mac Lochlainn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.com 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.
COMPETITION PONIES – RESULTS FROM DENMARK 2012
Gold medal achieved at the Nordic Championship in Cross Country
Lillevangs Ember (Ravnsholt Diablo x Kløvens Easy) is a 10 y.o. Connemara gelding ridden by Sofie Møller Jensen.
Ember is on the Danish National team in Military for ponies.
In juli 2012 the horse and rider was in Starum in Norway, where they participated in the Nordic Championship.
The Danish team won gold and Ember and Sofie got an individual 6. place out of 25 competitors.
The team also got a 2. place at a National Horse show in Haslev.
In 2011 Lillevangs Ember was on the team, who got bronzemedal at The National Championship and he was placed 10 on the national list of military ponies.
Enghøjs Quincy Blue
One of our competition ponies, who has done very well in 2012, is Enghoejs Quincy Blue (Baunely’s Dipper x Enghoejs Lovely Lauren) with his rider Clara Bergman Smit.
Horse and rider has participated in both national as well as international jumping competitions.
Quincy Blue is an S-pony and have received 4870 points on the national list for jumping-ponies.. They have been placed in – and have won MB and MA classes in National – and Elite horse show. Quincy Blue has also participated in JBK Horse Show, the biggest international event in Denmark – and they won MB. Enghoejs Quincy Blue is one of the most winning cat. 1 ponies in Denmark.
Lene Neilsen (Submitted 11 December 2014)
Swedish News, August 2012
Well into the second half of the year six Connemaras are on the top 100 of the dressage ranking. The Connemara with the most dressage points is presently the lovely Blue Eyed Cream Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of K¨ohls Rapsodi) who is in an overall fourth place. Tic Tac has had a successful season with several wins at the national level and was one of two Connemaras to participate in this year’s Swedish dressage championships where he was placed seventh in one of the qualifiers and won the consolation class. The second pony to compete in the Swedish dressage championships was Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) who is presently ranked number 21.
The Lofty stud is doing well so far on the dressage top 100. A pony bred at the Lofty stud by Irish parents, Lofty Roseanne (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Rolo), is presently in joint 85th place together with Hansas Daisy (out of Hagens Naughty-Nora) by the stud’s former homebred stallion Lofty Roderic. Also among the top 100 dressage ponies K¨ohls Evelina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) continues to do well, at present in place 69 while Okay Cosmos (by Cannon out of Iowa) made place 99. The one partbred Connemara to make the top 100 this far through the competition year is Celica by Kamik Breeze, who himself, like Hansas Daisy’s sire Lofty Roderic, himself had a career as a show jumper.
During the last weekend of July the riding club Ekenryttarna arranged Connemara com- petitions where Swedish dressage champions in dressage and show jumping were crowned. Among the ponies 130 – 140 cm Hagens Bella (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Xquisite) was in a class of her own winning at more than 76 %. The above mentioned Lofty Roseanne claimed the Champion title among the the ponies 140 – 148 cm high, while Bella’s two years younger half brother Hagens Dumle (out of Hagens Zeline) won the Champion title in the class for overheight ponies and riders over 18 years old.
After a couple of slow years pony eventing is gathering momentum again. So far this year there are three pure and two part bred connemara who have won eventing points. Leading the eventing ranking so far is the part bred Casper, a half bred half brother of the dressage pony Okay Cosmos out of a Swedish warmblood mare, who has been a reliable successful eventing pony for a number of years with several different riders. The second part bred Connemara to win eventing points is Mareld (out of Milldred).
Highest ranking of the pure breds is another reliable eventer, the Class 1 stallion Nice- n’-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) who continues to do well for the Cedermark siblings. The remaining two ponies with eventing points this years are two imports, the Irish born Glendun Lad (e Moyans Little Monkey u Murphy Blue) and Danish born Engh¨ojs Mac Neal (by Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel out of Engh¨ojs Queenie)
Among the 100 ponies with the most show jumping points there are no less than thirteen purebred Connemaras and six part breds meaning that almost 20 % of the ponies have a known Connemara ancestry. Add to that a number of ponies imported from Ireland with unknown pedigree but often with a Connemara look.
Of the purebred ponies six are Swedish bred, all by different sires. The Holmtebo stud has had a successful season so far with their home bred mare Holmtebo Our Winnie (by Hagens Zephyr out of Hagens Ultra), youngstock champion at the 2004 breed show, being placed 69 and another mare in their ownership Brittney (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Hagens Grandezza), just behind Winnie in place 75.
At twenty years of age Phalcon (by O¨ xenholm Marble Jr out of Gr¨ans Lady Stella) is still going strong in 22nd place. This year he has several wins and placings at the national level and has also competed in Norway where he was fourth among 27 ponies over fences up to 110 cm. Brol¨otens Cloetta (by Juno Rory out of Molly) combines the genes of her dressage sire, a son of Rory Ruadh, and her maternal grandsire, the show jumper producer Ballydonagh Cassanova, in a very successful package with wins and placings up to national level, including a seventh place at the Swedish show jumping championships.
The last two Swedish bred purebred Connemara on the top 100 are the two half sis- ters Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra), fourth at this year’s Swedish show jumping championships and participating in the Nordic Championships, and Poetics Flower out of Coosheen Plover) ranking in place 19 and place 54 respectively. Being by Poetic Justice then are joined by three part bred half siblings, Little Wonder in place 26 who took a silver at this year’s show jumping championships, Hilma in place 47 and Poetic Star in place 77. Another two part breds to make the top 100 are Hip Hop (by Pommac) and Coronilla II (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) in place 45 and 62 respectively.
The French bred Connemaras continue to do well in the Swedish show jumping circuit and there are presently four French bred ponies on the top 100. Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) is in runner up position among ponies of all breeds and took his fifth Swedish rider to the European championships this year. Together they also took the bronze at the Swedish show jumping championships. Ix’s half brother Ice and Fire d’Albran (out of Underline of Laps) is another pony doing well and presently ranking 42. Lover de Vauper (by Thunder du Blin out of Daphn´e de la Dive) in place 96 and Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes) in place 37 are the remaining two French bred ponies in the top 100. Idefix was approved as a Class 1 stallion earlier this year and the interest he has received from the mare owners did not stop him from being selected to compete at the Nordic Championships.
The remaining four Connemaras on the top 100 are all Irish born. Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) in place 90 is a household name among the top national ponies in the 130 – 140 category. Tullamore Dew (by Monaghanstown Fred out of Heather Beauty) has competed in Sweden for several years, but in the past two years he has really begun to blossom and has competed both on a national level and internationally in Norway. Another pony to compete internationally is Lexus Justice (out of Dunamoney Lass) in place 26. He travelled all the way to France where he was third over fences up to 120 cm. His part bred half brother Wutang is presently the better of the two Westside Fred brothers and ranks 13 with a successful season so far including being one of the ponies taking a team bronze at the Nordic Championships.
On a slightly lower level, Connemaras competed for the title Swedish Connemara cham- pion in show jumping at Ekenryttarna the last weekend of July. Hagens Earl (by Hagens Ryan out of Hagens Amy) was the only pony to make two clear rounds on the tricky course and subsequently took the championship among the ponies mearuring 140 – 148 cm. Swedish Connemara champion among the ponies height 130 – 140 cm was Lofty Rose of Tralee (by Coosheen Finbarr out of Lofty Rowallane Rose) who was placed third overall in the class which included ponies of both height categories.
Swedish National show
At the same time as the Swedish Connemara championships in dressage and show jumping the Swedish Connemara society arranged its national show and many ponies took the opportunity to compete in the different classes offered, sometimes with teams of mother and daughter riding and showing together.
In the in hand classes Starrhults Bingo (by Holens Ingolf out of Hagens Smile) took the gelding championship to Harvey Wallbanger (by Coosheen Finbarr out of Hold Bubble Bell). Bingo’s half sister, Starrhult Fly High (by Starrhult Bossanova) was named reserve youngstock champion with Bjennesby Cher (out of Coriona) by the Finnish stallion Rock- field Scarface as the youngstock champion. Lofty Deirdre (out of Beezies Bounty) by the French jumper Dexter Leam Pondi, and hence a half sister to the show jumpers Ix and Ice and Fire mentioned above, won the class for mares 4 – 7 years old and was subsequently reserve Best in Show with Trojas Molly Malone (by Janus out of Ciao Bellissima), the winner of mares 8 – 12 years old, being Best in Show. The Janus daughters had a great day in the in hand classes also being second in the class for mares 8 – 12 and winning the mares 13 years and older, winning a gold in the progeny class and with China Girl (out of Chera-Li) winning the Colour Cup for the best pony neither grey nor dun.
In the ridden section Starrhults Bossanova (by Spinway Corona out of Hagens Paloma) won the Open Ridden class and Lindens Fay (by Rooar out of Hagens Jubil´ee) won the Open Working Hunter Pony. Lindens Fay also claimed the meeting prize for the best overall results in ridden class, working hunter pony, dressage, show jumping and in hand, and she took the dressage award for best combined dressage and ridden class results. The corresponding prize for show jumping and Working Hunter Pony went to the Irish born Ballinasloe Ambassador (by Robin Hood out of Valley Girl)
Young pony activities
Three-year-old tests and quality tests for four-year-olds have been held in a couple of places around the country. So far two Holmtebo ponies have been given a gaits award at three-year-old tests. Holmtebo Walzing Mathilda (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Holmtebo Wait for Me) and Holmtebo Noula (by Starrhult Bossanova out of Holmtebo Nimble) are both second generation home bred ponies. During the autumn there will be more opportunities for young ponies to show their qualities and, together with young ponies of five and six years of age, qualify to the big young pony finals later this autumn.
NEWSLETTER OF THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CONNEMARA ACTION GROUP
First Quarterly Edition
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!
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.
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|
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.
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.
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)|
|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|
Gill Beaton with Glenormiston Rosanna
Jenny Hagenblad kindly sent us the following images from a Swedish national show jumping competition for ponies. Six of the ponies in the classes varying from 1.10m to 1.30m were by Poetic Justice!
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/
Hello, my name is Gillian Trimbee. I am a student in grade twelve at St Francis Xavier High School. This past summer, I spent many memorable weekends participating at horse shows with a very talented mare named “”Fiesta” (Avenn’s Golden Legacy). She is a 14.3” HH connemara pony who has had nine fillies and as the epitome of a successful working mom, still finds time to take me to the shows and compete with style! Fiesta is known for her laid back attitude outside of the ring, and the incredible contrast between that “Senior citizen” and the suddenly young and agile creature in the jumper ring. Quick and careful, a girl could not ask for a better partner in this sport, and passion, of horseback riding. Fiesta is seventeen years old but that certainly doesn’t stop her! We participated in many shows and were almost always in the ribbons, if not first place. The more difficult the courses were was when we were able to show off best. Fiesta, can turn on a dime and maneuver the most difficult course without the need for speed’ !
The highlight of our show season was probably the Jump With Hope For Kids With Cancer Horse Show, having won five hundred dollars in prize money. The proceeds of the show went towards the Kids With Cancer Society. Pictured below is the cooler she won on the Schwab Pontiac Buick Jumper Classic:
and ending with the Gorsline Fall Classic. One of my favorites was the Paramount Horse Show in the Calgary/Okatoks area. We won division champions at the 2’9 level and the classic, coming home with a very nice cooler and a complementary stable sheet!
Fiesta’s eager attitude shows in her everyday demeanor. Being very smart, I have her trained to associate her sheepskin shipping halter with horse shows and therefore whenever I go to get her in the field with her “fuzzies”, she gets so excited! Always ready to show off her stuff, she is usually prancing by the time I take her to the trailer.
Overall, this past summer I spent in partnership with Fiesta was very memorable and I learnt a lot about myself and about the art and passion of riding. The spunky buckskin pony is one of a kind, and a sort of mascot for Devon Ridge Farms. She is the foundation mare, as well as the accomplished riding horse we all know and love. She is a pony you can jump on bareback and simply ride for the sheer joy of riding, through the unique Alberta landscapes we are all so fond of, in perfect synchronization. I love this pony very much and will always cherish the memories I have had with her this summer, jumping and showing and galloping on the trails! Gillian Trimbee
Avenn’s Golden Legacy also competed for 5 years for Team Connemara on the Battle of the Breeds competition at Spruce Meadows. Here she is in 1997 competing in the Compulsary ridden test.
“Fiesta”, (Avenn’ s Golden Legacy) is a 1990 mare by Lynfield’ s Cormac MacCarthy x Avenn’ s Golden Ruby. She has produced nine Connemara Fillies for Devon Ridge Farm:
Devon Ridge Magnolia (by Bally’s Friar Tuck), Devon Ridge Goldana (by Wodan hannoverian), Devon Ridge Benita (Bien Mallin’s Little Ben), Devon Ridge Rhiannon (Bien Mallin’s Rory O’Sullivan), Devon Ridge Rhapsody (Bien Mallin’s Rory O’Sullivan), Devon Ridge Golden Treasure by (Bantry Bay’s Dillon), Devon Ridge Fantasia (by Bantry Bay’ s Dillon), Devon Ridge Mercedes (by *Fairyhill Hawk) & Devon’ s My Fair Lady (by *Fairyhill Hawk).
THE HISTORY OF THE CONNEMARA PONY IN SOUTH AFRICA
Keirin of Leam by Sean of Leam out of Teresa of Leam, arrived in Zimbabwe in September 1968 imported by Miss Worthington in Zimbabwe. Keirin’s son Dundrum (CPS 800) born 1976, out of Coromandel Abbeyline (CPS 8118) bred by Sydney Press was subsequently acquired by Christine Walwyn. Both were inspected by Donal Kenny in 1985 and registrant with the Irish Connemara Society.
In 1978 Milford Hurricane (CPS 568) (Mervyn Bowsprit – Mervyn Silver Grey) and Crockaun Connemara (also known as Croc on Oir, by the Fugitive – Silver Lace) were purchased for the Lesotho National Stud as the result of a project undertaken by Donal Kenny on behalf of the Irish Government in consultation with the Lesotho Government. The aim of the project was to conserve and improve the Basotho Pony upon whom the Basotho farmers relied heavily as a means for transport. As a result of the Boer War thousands of their best bred stock was lost and the Basotho Pony breed was sadly depleted. The Irish Government donated two stallions, Milford Hurricane and Croc an Oir. They were taken to the Lesotho National Stud at Thaba Tseka.
At the same time, in Clarens (South Africa) on the Lesotho Border, Christine Walwyn’s first Connemara Pony Abbeyleix Tansey (CPS 3103) Carna Dun-Pretty Molly) dam of the Cornmandel Abbeyline was purchased by her from Sydney Press. Abbeyline and her daughter Keirina (CPS 119) were given to Mrs Walwyn by Mrs Worthington when Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) was experiencing difficult times. They travelled to safety to South Africa with the stallion Dundrum (CPS 800) these four ponies became the foundation of the Ashgar Stud whose aim was to provide children’s ponies for all disciplines. Later Mrs Walwyn leased Croc an Oir from the Basotho Pony Stud. After a perilous journey through the Lesotho Mountains he arrived safely at the Ashgar Stud where he sired Ashgar Doo Gary, Ashgar Donegal and Ashgar Karralee. These three ponies brought new bloodlines to the Ashgar Stud.
At last all three of the original bloodlines imported from different sources at different times and so widely came together at Ashgar Stud in the Free State.
Today, Ashgar Doo Gary and Ashgar Donegal are near retirement age and are resident at Ashgar Stud in Clarens. Ashgar has been represented in the junior showing and eventing teams throughout South Africa.
KILSHANE IRISH SPORT HORSE STUD, CAPE TOWN
In 1998 Ian and Bea Hurst moved to the Western Cape South Africa. They brought with them two stallions, Kilshane Clover (Irish Draught) and Kilshane Christopher Robin (1997 Connemara). The stud is now firmly established on their farm in the Franschoek district, where the broodmares and weanlings are kept. They currently breed with their two stallions and do not make use of imported semen. Kilshane Christopher Robin stands in Gauteng where he competes regularly in showing and eventing. He has won the Connemara Working Riding championship in 2010 as well as the In-hand Championship for Connemaras at the Horse of the Year Show in 2009.
Christopher Robin’s dam won several show classes, whilst his sire was winner of the 1993 and 1994 performance test programme run by the Irish Government. Christopher Robin’s pedigree shows the presence of bay lines, important in keeping hard colours and avoiding blue-eyed creams. He also shows the typical characteristics of his breed, having a super temperament, intelligence, hardiness, and good jumping ability. He has part-bred foals competing in the Cape, Free State and Gauteng areas of South Africa.
MILLSLEIGH IRISH SPORT HORSE AND PONY STUD, LADYBRAND, FREE STATE
Since 2005 Millsleigh Irish Sport Horse and Pony Stud has been a breeder and producer of quality young Sport Horses of Irish Draught lines (Stallions: Kinvara’s Etherow Impasse and Gleneagle Rebel) with proven Thoroughbred sport horses from Eventing, Show Jumping, Dressage and Polo disciplines. The foundation mares were and continue to be selected for their temperament, athleticism and proven record. Progeny are now aged between 9 months (including a surviving twin filly) and 5 years. After critical review of the mares’ strengths and weaknesses, the Kinvara, Ashgar and Kilshane stallions were chosen to compliment the mares’ temperaments, conformation and to add height, substance and quality. All progeny were bred by Artificial Insemination to Irish Draught and Connemara stallions based in other parts of the country which presents many logistical challenges. The strategy of the stud is to breed and produce Eventers, Working Hunters and Working Hunter Pony stars of the future with added social, easy going temperaments.
Ashgar Cruising a young stallion now five-years-old is the resident foundation stallion at the Millsleigh Irish Sport and Pony Stud (owned by Dipereng Equestrian Services) near Ladybrand in the Free State Province. 2011-12 is his first breeding season, with two pure-bred Ashgar mares by Dundrum, Ashgar Felipe and Gaymaree and several thoroughbred mares. We are looking forward to seeing his first pure and part-bred progeny during the next years. He is currently lunging and has been backed. He has shown very successfully locally in hand, being placed first and champion at Ashgar’s winter show as a three-year-old and first place at the Welsh Society’s Summer Show in Johannesburg in 2010. He will make his first national show debut at the Horse of the Year show in 2012.