Performance Ponies

Australian Performance Register 2010/2011


The final date to accrue points for the first year of the newly established CPBSA Performance Register is 30 June 2011. It is anticipated that the state division winners and overall national Australian Connemara Performance Pony for 2010/11 will be announced in August.

Winners of the ‘In hand’ and ‘Performance’ sections will be awarded a good quality, embroidered woollen rug, and promoted in a major national horse publication.

There has been a good response to the Performance Register with nearly 70 ponies entered.

Ponies that have had scores submitted and have accrued greater than 100 points so far are:

  • Celtic Fairytale – (Celtic Winter’s Tale x Ballantrae Treacle)
  • Glenormiston Ballymalloe – (Castle Baron x Glenormiston Ballycara)
  • Glenormiston Killian – (Castle Baron x Glenormiston Ballycara)
  • Springfield Kylemore – (Ben Dhui Diccon x Celtic Summer Mist)
  • Wychwood Happy Songbird – (Wychwood Willy Wagtail x Lagoonside Divinity)

The CPBSA looks forward to receiving final scores and announcing the state winners and national Australian Connemara Performance Pony for 2010/11.

(Wychwood Happy Songbird competing in a ridden class with Kylie Watson)

(Wychwood Happy Songbird competing in a ridden class with Kylie Watson)


Australia: Kemil Hill Tinka 2010

Pony Profile : Kemill Hill Tinka

A party of note to Connemara lovers in Western Australia took place recently at Helen Colleran’s when the mare Kemill Hill Tinka celebrated her 29th birthday with a special cake and group of admirers.

Born of imported parents at the Kemill Hill Stud, Tinka was very much the traditional Connie pony type, bomb proof and very much the family pony with bone and substance. The major part of her first eighteen years was spent as the back bone, school master of the Kemill Hill Riding School. Her near perfect response to voice control made her the ideal beginner pony. She was trained to work on the lunge from spelling, this was achieved by emphasis being placed on the last letter so that STOP resulted in her cue to halt, WALK the K was the cue and TROT the T became the cue. A simple gimmick but it resulted in apprehensive young riders becoming so fascinated by this pony that could spell they forgot their nervousness and relaxed. The first essential in learning to ride.

Such was Tinka’s bomb proof temperament and willingness to serve that she also became a star in the Hill Group of Riding for Disabled. In 1981 the Rural & Industries Bank sponsored a competition across the state for the mount most suitable for Riding for Disabled work.

Qualifying competitions were held at major country shows and the final took place at the large Autumn show held in Claremont. Tinka was the state winner of this prestigious event.

With the sale of the riding school Tinka was passed on to Helen Colleran to use as a dam in her breeding program with her stallion Leroy Dwayne. This Dwayne – Tinka union was very successful, especially the female progeny many of which went on to be champions. Probably the most notable being Hill View Irish Mist being supreme champion at several Perth Royals, Connemara of the year, and judged many times to be a champion in both saddle and led classes. Others that left their mark in the outside show scene were Hill View Patrice and Hill View Kate, so Tinka, although restricted by the work load she has carried, has been denied the opportunity to shine in the show ring but proved most valuable by leaving her mark in the West Australian pony world and has provided a lot of pleasure to many.

Allan Longmanhill

Australian News, November 2009


A quote from the Australian Anzac ode goes age shall not weary them nor the years condemn and from the news this month from Australia, this could apply to the Connemara Pony. Read on!

The “Jo Heard” Memorial trophy for 2009 was given to one of Joe’s home bred ponies – Ballantrae Turkish Delight. The story of the acquisition of and the working with this pony by its present owner is delightful. The trophy is decided on the Connemara Pony that is “out doing”. Not necessarily winning ribbons but out doing whatever it is that shows the Connemara pony is capable of doing better than most other ponies! A broad spectrum, but one that Jo always bred her ponies to achieve.

Turkish Delight, or “Star” as he is known at home, was first noticed at a Horse Sale on the River Murray in March 2004 by Nicole Salisbury. Catalogued as “black gelding, white star, done stock work, good jumper, suite pony club, nice type, 11yr, and 14.2hh”, Star took the eye and was purchased by Nicole’s parents that “Pony Club type” would be correct. There was no indication as to breed, or type.

It soon became evident that the previous owner had been a bully and had belted Star frequently and consistently. He had a fear of everything! Some tender loving care soon had Star beginning to accept the new environment and he went to pony Club a few times, then in May 2004, he went to his first Pony Club Gymkhana. To the surprise of all, including his new owner, he came home with 3 reserve Champions, 5 firsts, 2 seconds, 3 thirds and a first in Jumping. All of this from a pony that was initially scared of everything from his previous treatment and had been in work with the Salisbury family for just 2 months. TLC really worked.

Some little time later Nicole and her mother went riding in the bush – and got well and truly lost. The Australian bush can be very tricky in many areas if you are not “Bush orientated”. Good common sense saw Star given his head and he turned, took a course that he knew was to home although it went down steep hills, huge rocks protruding etc. but he knew and soon familiar sights were noticed and home became evident.

australia_november2009_img_50At one show he was taken to a person stated that he was a New Forest Pony and should be registered as such. Shortly after this event the Secretary of the CPBSA, Vicki Plummer was in touch with the Salisbury family to say that she believed that Star was in fact a Connemara Pony. Records were checked, previous recorded owners contacted and finally Star was found to be Ballantrae Turkish Delight. Great joy for Nicole as she now knew what a gem she had been riding and could now see the reasons for the qualities in her new pony! She owned a Connemara.

Nicole cannot name all that Star has done and won with her as rider. Suffice to say that mum has made five rugs of the ribbons that have been won at varying disciplines. Star now trusts Nicole with everything; he has got over the fear etc. Those who saw him in the early days cannot believe the difference in the Pony and the brilliance that he is showing with the questions “is this the same pony that you had previously?”

In Nicole’s words: “Star has truly helped me find my favourite breed of horse. I will always know that you cannot beat a Connemara”. Star is now 15 years of age and he is really just now finding his rhythm.

australia_november2009_img_183To continue with the theme “Age shall not weary them” come the story of Binnowie Mandolin from Sally Weiss. After purchasing Mandolin, an out of work 12 year old with limited education and no training in dressage just over 12 months ago he has had a huge change of pace. He is successfully competing in Pony Club Dressage, consistently scoring top in preliminary and has placed 5TH AT State Championships. He has had numerous top placings at EFA Pony Dressage at 2** level. Mandolin is not limited to Dressage having been placed 2nd at EFA Jnr. Preliminary ODE events, 80cm Pony Club Combined training to State level and 90cm Interschool Show Jumping.

Mandolin being a Connemara, would do anything for food, hence teaching him to bow for presentations was really quite simple – once a carrot was introduced. Sally’s own words say it all: “Binnowie Mandolin has been our introduction to Connemara Ponies and this has been an absolute delight!”

What those with Connemara ponies already know – The Connemara pony is always an absolute delight and they do really just keep on keeping on!

News from South Australia again centres on the “Mature” Connemara.

australia_november2009_img_184Mayo Mary has been show jumping for a number of years but indicated that enough was enough. Yet, she still wanted to “do things” so her owner/rider entered her, at the age of 14 years, in her first ODE. I actually saw this event and was surprised to see Mary on course. She performed extremely well on an uphill, twisting course that ran through a steep dry creek bed with several fences set precariously on the brink of the uphill cut of the creek bed. At one fence that was built on a curve Mary decided that she did not have enough room and had a stop. The only one for the course and that fault was that of the rider. The combination at its first event finished midfield but the Connemara was noticed and recognised for all of those traits that we know the Connemara to have.

Yet another mature Connemara Newlands Winsome (Newlands Gideon x Wychwood Fairy Wren) is showing the true Connemara Colours. Newlands Winsome is owned by a mature aged lady and the combination attend “Riding club and potter around”. (Owner’s words)

At one meeting a ridden Dressage test to music was convened. Owner Helen decided that she and Winsome would have a go, “just for the hell of it!” First time ever at dressage! Music was chosen – This could be the last by John Farnham (perhaps appropriate at that time) and the tune had a firm 1-2 beat rhythm and so began the training. The event time came and perhaps it was the atmosphere – perhaps it was the music – perhaps the mare understood the feelings of her rider – whatever it was – Winsome powered on, picked up the beat with intelligence, worked to perfection and to the great excitement of all, Winsome and Helen won the event by a mile!

australia_november2009_img_222Once again those wonderful traits of the Connemara Pony came to the fore. Whilst Winsome is not considered “aged” in the true sense of the opening adage, the combination fits in as Helen said to me when talking about the event – “I fit in to your introduction, I have the age and it does weary me at times – but the mare took it in her stride and really excelled beyond belief”.

News from Hobart
Glenormiston Benbaun was awarded Champion Australian pony, reserve Saddle pony and Supreme Australian Pony at the Hobart Royal Agricultural Show 2009. Do not be mislead by the awards. In Australia, because of the lack of numbers at many shows, ponies are collectively entered in classes. For Instance the “Australian” pony could have Welsh, Connemara, Australian, New Forest, Shetland, Dartmoor etc. ponies entered in the one class called “Australian” Pony. Even greater the win varying breeds competing.

News from New South Wales
From NSW comes the news that Glenormiston Bartle was awarded the Supreme Champion ribbon at the Castle Hill show in March 2009. Glenormiston Stud yet again in the news!

– Finally a consignment of frozen semen from Spinway Comet is now available to owners and breeders of Connemara Ponies in Australia. In due course, this service will form part of the liaison between the Charles Sturt University and the CPBSA.

What a wonderful Pony the Connemara Pony is!!!

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

Swedish News, October 2009

As the nights grow longer and darker the show and competition season in Sweden is coming to an end and we can look back at a busy and successful Connemara year at both breed specific and interbreed events.


On the last day of July, the Connemara ponies and riders competed for the coveted titles of Swedish Connemara Champion. After warm-up classes three championship classes were held. First out was the championship for riders over 18 and/or Connemaras over height. The gelding New Star (by Myrens Wilbur out of Nadin) has been competing successfully against horses and had no problems to take the championship title after also winning the warm-up class. Second to New Star was Busy Bailiff (out of Betty Blues). His sire Spinway Corona was exported to the US as a dressage horse, but has apparently passed on his talent for dressage.

Among the ponies 130 – 140 cm Olbiz Tellus (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Twilight) was second in the warm-up class, but stepped up a notch in the championship class to take the title. The runner up, the BEC Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi), also did an impressive test although he couldn’t quite match Tellus.

Tellus’s half sister, Hagens Rosmara (out of Hagens Andora) came fresh from the Falsterbo show (see Swedish news from July) to win both warm-up class and Connemara champion title, but not without a good fight from the stallion Golden Garlic (by Juno Rory out of Ambrosia ) who with just a single point less was only a nose hair behind Rosmara. Garlic, however, later turned the tables on Rosmara and took home their ridden class with his full sister Ginger as runner up and Rosmara in fourth place. With the tripple Swedish dressage Champion (all breeds) Juno Rory as his sire Golden Garlic surely is another Connemara to have dressage in his blood.

Figure 1: Golden Garlic (by Juno Rory out of Ambrosia) ridden by Alexandra Kj ̈orsvik. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: Golden Garlic (by Juno Rory out of Ambrosia) ridden by Alexandra Kj ̈orsvik.
Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Among the dressage ponies Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) has continued having a successful year and he is still the highest placed Connemara with a 5th place on the dressage top 100. Also on the top 100 are some of the names from the Connemara championships: Hagens Rosmara in place 19, Golden Garlic in place 43 and Olbiz Tellus in place 45. Also on the top 100 are Lotus II (by Rolls Royce out of Lorette V), Hagens Qumulus (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Fondora), K ̈ohls Fidolina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) and Backuddens Hurricane Haze (by Dale Haze out of Tyfon). There are thus three ponies by V ̈arnbergs Orion among the top 100 dressage ponies.

The partbred Verdi (maternal grandsire Lofty Roderic) also continues to do very well. At Falsterbo International Horse Show he won the Grand Prix Ku ̈r and in the European Championships Verdi was seventh in the individual finals.


In eventing the two stallions Nice-n’-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) and Grange Flynn Sparrow (by Ashfield Festy out of Grange Agnes Sparrow) continue to do well. Nice-n’-Curly is presently in 8th place on the eventing top 100. This vet- eran eventer participated in the European eventing championships in 2003 and 2004 winning a team bronze in 2004 and he has an individual gold from the 2004 Nordic eventing championships. At 17 years of age he is now ridden by the fifth of six brothers and sisters helping her win her debute in CNCP**.

At this year’s European eventing championships the partbred Connemara Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) was part of the Swedish team. The Swedish team finished fourth with Lillefot taking a creditable individual 9th after clear rounds in the show jumping and cross country phases. In the Swedish championships Lillefot was third and he is presently placed 3rd in the eventing top. Interesting Lillefot and Verdi not only share the Connemara blood, but Verdi’s grandmother is also the dam of Lillefot.

Figure 2: Nice-n’-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) in 2005. Photo: Annsi Jacobsson

Figure 2: Nice-n’-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) in 2005. Photo: Annsi Jacobsson

Show Jumping

Three Swedish Connemara champions were crowned on the last day of the national show. The Irish-bred Duncan Cuckoo (by Smokey Duncan out of Heather Cuckoo) took the title for adults riders and overheight Connemaras. He has had a successful career but can no longer compete in pony classes as his rider has turned 19. Among the smaller ponies (130 – 140 cm) the winner was another Irish import, Caperann Silver Line (by Seafield Silver Dun out of Cold Winter). His rider Nickilee ̊Angman has had a successful year with her three Connemaras and also won the warm-up class on Caperann Shamone (by Kylemore Rocky out of Turlough Beauty).

The championship class for ponies 140 – 148 cm saw the single clear round from Brittney (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Hagens Grandezza) who subsequently took the Champion title. Second to her was one of the oldest ponies at the show, the 21-year old Amielle (out of Brantshammar Beckymoss 33-83-2567), one of the Elite stallion Finney Master’s daughters.

There has also been Swedish show jumping championships for ponies regardless of breed, both outdoors and indoors. Three Irish imports were in the ribbons in the outdoor championships. Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) took sixth place among the ponies 140 – 148 cm, just ahead of Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) in seventh place.

Among the ponies 130 – 140 cm Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) took the bronze medal. This successful little mare is presently fourth on the show jumping top 100 list. At the recent indoor championships Desdemona (by Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) took a creditable seventh place and Some Man for One Man was fifth among the larger ponies, but the Swedish champion title went to the French-bred Ix de l’Aulne.

Figure 3: Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne), 2009 Swedish Indoor Champion, with his previous rider. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne).

Figure 3: Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne), 2009 Swedish Indoor Champion, with his previous rider. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne).

A lot of Connemaras figure on the show jumping top 100. Apart from Sceilig Siofra names like Lexus Justice, Ix de l’Aulne, Desdemona, Some Man for One Man, Clew Bay Thunder (by Thunderball out of Racecourse View) and Poetic Annie (by Poetic Justice out of Myrens Anitra) have all had a successful season.

Young ponies

Thethree-year-oldtestscontinuedafterthesummerandatNossebroFidelie(byO ̈xenholm Bobby out of Eriksbyns Colette) was given a double award for both gaits and jumping. The offspring of Coosheen Finbarr (by Glencarrig Prince out of Scarteen Mistral) have continued to do well and no less than four of his progeny have achieved awards this year. Two for jumping, two for gaits. At the national finals at Falkenberg it was instead another three-year-old who shone. Erinmore Golden Marble (out of Glaskopf Grey Joanna) is the lastsonofO ̈xenholmMarbleJr,andatthethree-year-oldgaitsfinalsheprovedtobethe most talented pony of all participants winning against gait talents of all other breeds.

The national finals for the four-year-olds saw another strong Connemara victory in Kenzo II (out of Enya). Kenzo is yet another talented show jumper by Poetic Justice and further proved that this spring’s Elite premium was not wasted on just anybody. From the four- year-old Connemaras participating in the local quality tests this autumn Poetic Justice had three progeny with awards (all in jumping) and Hagens O’Chief and Coosheen Finbarr had two each. Vanessa Broderick (by Coosheen Finbar out of Nelly Broderick) achieved both a gaits and a jumping award being a multi talent.

Figure 4: Erinmore Golden Marble (by O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Glaskopf Grey Joanna). Photo: Lina ̊Akerberg

Figure 4: Erinmore Golden Marble (by O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Glaskopf Grey Joanna). Photo: Lina ̊Akerberg

Also five- and six-year-olds have their national finals at Falkenberg during the same busy weekend. At these ages the ponies compete in real dressage tests and show jumping across a course, though the show jumping is judged based on the ponies’ attitude and talent for jumping rather than the normal counting of poles down and speed. In the dressage for five-year-olds five Connemaras came forward and among the ponies 140 – 148 cm the gelding Gr ̈ans Tabasco (out of Gr ̈ans Tussilago), a son of the eventing Grange Flynn Sparrow mentioned above, took a creditable fifth place.

Among the six-year-olds, the stallion Starrhult Bossanova (out of Hagens Paloma) showed that he had inherited the dressage gene from his sire Spinway Corona and won one of the classes finishing third overall. In total eleven Connemaras took part in the finals for five- and six-year-olds and did a great job promoting the breed. A mention should also be made of the partbred Jamalia who won the show jumping for the five-year-olds. Her maternal grandsire is the Connemara Gryt ̊asa Kallemero.

In hand

Many Connemaras have also visited the show rings and there has been two regional Connemara shows in addition to the national show. At the regional show in H ̈ol ̈o the stallion Brol ̈otens Joop (by Finney Master out of Dame Grainne) took the championship with the nine-year-old mare Hagens Bella (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Xquisite) standing supreme.

The second regional show was held at Bj ̈orb ̈ack. Here the German import Glaskopf Grey Jacquelin (by Imp ́erator M ́elody out of Glaskopf Grey Joan) was youngstock champion with Junette II (by Coosheen Finbarr out of Juliette IV) as reserve youngstock champion.

Figure 5: Hagens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning), supreme champion Swedish breed show and Pony of the Year Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 5: Hagens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning), supreme champion Swedish breed show and Pony of the Year Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Overall champion was Erinmore Golden Marble who later did so well at the young pony finals and reserve overall champion was his niece Junessa (by Janus out of Bellobina).

At the national show more than 70 ponies came forward in the in hand classes. Of these 16 were awarded a gold and the stallion Hagens O’Chief (by Blue Chief out of Ashfield Fancy) was very successful as a sire with four of his progeny being gold awarded and he himself winning a gold in the progeny class. Janus (by O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Brantshammar Julie) had sired three gold ponies and Frederiksminde Hazy Chance (by Hazy Dawn out of Frederiksminde Christina) two.

Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May-Li) won the gelding championship to his half brother O ̈strahults Benz (out of O ̈strahults Sonette). The youngstock championship went to L ̊angarn ̈o Decibel (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Innellan Alice) with Holmtebo Urchin (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Hagens Ultra) standing reserve. Supreme champion was Urchin’s sire Hagens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning) with Hagens Rosmara (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Andora), the winner of the Connemara dressage championship, standing reserve to him.

As the supreme champion of the national show Hagens D’Arcy later represented the Connemara breed to compete for the title Pony of the Year. This event took place at Falkenberg at the same time as the young pony finals and in strong competition with the supreme champions of the other breeds D’Arcy took the Pony of the Year title.

/Jenny Hagenblad

Denmark: Connemara News September 2009

Danish team eventing championship

news_denmark_sept2009_img_0 At the first Danish championship in team eventing the Connemara mare Hesteklewa Wendy (by Pilgaards Sammy Junior out of Hesteklewa Wild Woods Wish by Øxenholm Godot) ridden by Mia

Kaas was on the winning team. The pair has been very successful having won two classes at national level this year.

Nordic-Baltic Championship in showjumping
The Nordic-Baltic Championship in showjumping was held in Denmark in June. The connemaras were very successful taking the individual gold and silver medals! The winner was Lavalley Prince (by Coosheen Callowfeenish Cashel out of Doe Dolly) ridden by Tine Høgsaas Dalen from Norway. Silver went to Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) ridden by Alma Björklund from Sweden. Both ponies are bred in Ireland.

Cecilie Strøm Springer –

Other successful jumping ponies 2009

Enghøjs Quincy Blue (Baunely's Dipper - Enghøjs Lovely Lauren - Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel)

Enghøjs Quincy Blue (Baunely’s Dipper – Enghøjs Lovely Lauren – Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel)

Jazz de Rhonon (Vent Fou Duff - Carry Me de Rhonon - Lord Ravary)

Jazz de Rhonon (Vent Fou Duff – Carry Me de Rhonon – Lord Ravary)

Moneyveen Girl (Smokey Duncan - Aran Tir Na Nog - Aran Wild Wave)

Moneyveen Girl (Smokey Duncan – Aran Tir Na Nog – Aran Wild Wave)

Ice and Fire D'Albran (Dexter Leam Pondi - Underline of Laps - Fort Doolin)

Ice and Fire D’Albran (Dexter Leam Pondi – Underline of Laps – Fort Doolin)

Midlands Connemara Show Results 2009

Midlands Connemara Pony Show Results

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.

Sweden: Performance News July 2009

Swedish news, July 2009

We’re half-way through the year and the competing Connemaras in Sweden have been busy promoting their breed. Several major national competitions have been held in- cluding the Swedish dressage championships for ponies, some riders have already been abroad competing their ponies and the best riders are now preparing for the European championships in dressage, show jumping and eventing.


The dressage ranking after the first half of the year has seven Connemaras and four part breds among the top 100 dressage ponies. The highest placed connemara is Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) who has had a good year so far with many wins and placings at competitions up to national level. At the Swedish dressage championships he made it to the final where he was seventh though not placed. Several other Connemaras, such as Hagens Qumulus (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Fondora), K ̈ohls Fidolina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina), Golden Garlic (by Juno Rory out of Ambrosia) and Lotus II (by Rolls Royce out of Lorette V) also did credit to the breed by qualifying to the Swedish championships. It is interesting to note that the stallion Rolls Royce (by Rory Ruadh out of Brantshammar Julie) had two sons qualifying for the Swedish championships and his full brother Juno Rory also had a son qualifying making the competition a small family get-together.

Another pony to compete in the Swedish dressage championships was the partbred Verdi. Verdi, who is a licenced riding pony stallion, has the Connemara stallion Lofty Roderic as his maternal grandsire. This pony has been one of the most successful dressage ponies so far this year. At the Swedish championships he won his category by a large margin. He has also been to the Netherlands where he took a creditable 8th place and he is now part of the Swedish dressage team to the European championships. He will also compete at the pony classes at Falsterbo International Horse show next week. At Falsterbo Verdi will be competing against another Connemara pony, Hagens Rosmara (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Andora) another pony with a successful career this year, who won a wildcard for the Falsterbo show.

Figure 1: Hagens Rosmara (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Andora) ridden by Anna Andersson. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: Hagens Rosmara (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Andora) ridden by Anna Andersson. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) ridden by Moa Kulle. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) ridden by Moa Kulle. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad


Two Connemaras are on the rankings for eventing ponies, and both are approved stallions. Grange Flynn Sparrow (by Ashfield Festy out of Grange Agnes Sparrow) and Nice-n’- Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) have both continued to event successfully this year. Another pony to continue on a successful eventing career is the partbred Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) who presently holds number three on the ranking. Lillefot was third in the eventing cup ”Bamse Cup” and he is one of three ponies to represent Sweden at the European eventing championships this year.

Show Jumping

Eight Connemaras can be found among the present top 100 show jumping ponies, with an additional five partbreds. The highest ranking of them all is Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) at number six. This little mare has been a reliable show jumper for many years now and competed at the Nordic/Baltic championships several times. This year she was part of the Swedish team winning a silver among the smaller ponies (130 – 140 cm).

Figure 3: Some Man For One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) ridden by Alma Bj ̈orklund Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Some Man For One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) ridden by Alma Bj ̈orklund Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Another silver winning Connemara at the Nordic/Baltic championships was Some Man For One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden), presently ranking 47 on the top 100. He not only won a team silver among the larger ponies (140 – 148 cm) but could also go home with an individual silver medal. Some Man For One Man is also reserve to the Swedish team going to the European show jumping championships later this summer.

This show jumping team will have a healthy presence of Connemara blood with one pure- bred and one partbred Connemara. Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) has had a very successful season so far. He has already travelled as far as Germany to compete and won a class at the international competitions at Freudenberg. Another pony to already have competed internationally is the partbred Golden Star (by Poetic Justice). At Wierden in the Netherlands he was part of the Swedish team coming second in the nations cup. Lexus Justice and Golden Star are placed 17th and 16th so far in the top 100, and will both be on the Swedish team at the European championships. They have also qualified to compete at Falsterbo International Horse Show in July.

In Sweden a very popular show jumping cup is Ridsport Pony Cup. Qualifiers are held throughout the country, and the ponies gaining most point go on to the finals in Stockholm in August. The winner of each qualifier gets a much coveted red rug. Among ponies 130 – 140 cm the present leader is the Connemara Elektors Twist (by Lofty Roderic out of Glenayre Mystique). Twist’s rider Nicilee ̊Angman has been busy in the qualifier and is also on 13th place with her other Connemara Caperann Shamone (by Kylemore Rocky out of Turlough Beauty), tied with yet another Connemara, Phalcon (by O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Gr ̈ans Lady Stella). The larger ponies (140 – 148 cm) also has Connemaras well placed. On a tied 9th place is Poetic Joyce (by Poetic Justice out of Lolita). His rider Stephie Watson also rides the partbred Poetic Brummelisa (by Poetic Justice) who on 14th place is tied with Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne). With two more qualifiers the race is still on for the red rugs and the finals in Stockholm.

Figure 4: A future double three-year-old test awardee - Gr ̈ans Cesar (by Gr ̈ans Roeson out of Komtessa) in 2007 at 13 month of age. Photo: Gerd Eriksson

Figure 4: A future double three-year-old test awardee – Gr ̈ans Cesar (by Gr ̈ans Roeson out of Komtessa) in 2007 at 13 month of age. Photo: Gerd Eriksson

Young ponies

At three-year-old tests ponies are assessed to get an early indication of where their talents lay, but also to help identify stallions that sire talented performance ponies. The ponies are shown in hand and loose jumping and are scored for breed type, conformation, movements and jumping technique. Ponies that score well are given awards for gaits and/or jumping. The tests are held either during spring or during the early autumn, so some of the three- year-olds for this year have already been tested.

Several of the Connemaras that have participated so far have done so with great success. In fact during the spring, more Connemaras have left the tests with an award than without. Three ponies have achieved double awards, the half siblings Holmtebo Crested Ten (out of Hagens Ultra) and Holmtebo Sinead (out of Hagens Star), both by Hagens D’Arcy and Gr ̈ans Cesar (by Gr ̈ans Roeson out of Komtessa). Hagens D’Arcy has had a good season for his first group of three-year-olds with awards to all three tested progeny, as his daughter Holmtebo Bridie gained a jumping award. Another stallion who’s progeny have done well this year is Coosheen Finbarr with awards to two out of three tested offspring: a gaits award to Lofty Rowena (out of Lofty Romilly) and a jumping award to Lofty Finnegan (out of Beezies Bounty).

/Jenny Hagenblad

Connemara Success at European Championships 2009


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