Sweden’s Best of 2016
A collection of Swedish ponies that were successful at different levels and in different disciplines in 2016.
A collection of Swedish ponies that were successful at different levels and in different disciplines in 2016.
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.
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.
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!
New year, new competition season and by now it should be safe to assume that last year’s competition results have all been reported. Which means time to summarize the most successful competition ponies of 2011. In dressage, Backens Lotus (by the Elite premium stallion Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) was the Connemara to gain the highest number of competition points. With his 289 dressage points he ended up in place 18 of all the dressage ponies of all breeds. Lotus is now teaching the art of dressage to a new rider and together they have already won a couple of classes at the regional level and are presently the highest ranked Connemara in place 18.
The blood of Rory Ruadh through his two Swedish sons (and full brothers) Rolls Royce and Juno Rory, continues to be a safe recipe for dressage performance. Lotus’s half brother Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona) and Ally Mc Coist (by Juno Rory out of Brolo ̈tens Alo ́e) both finished 2011 among the top ten dressage Connemaras. Juno Rory’s and Rolls Royce’s maternal half brother Janus also had a son on the top ten last yearwiththedunO ̈strahultsBenz(outofO ̈strahultsSonette)finishingin7thplace.
A successful dressage combination is that of Shirley’s Thunderbell and Hagens Ellina who together have produced two dressage ponies both ending on the top ten Connemaras for 2011. K ̈ohls Evelina finished in third place (64th among all breeds) and K ̈ohls Fidolina took number five (89th among all breeds). Thunderbell’s half brother Countach Campbell is the sire of the blue eyed cream Tic Tac who did so well last year and finished as the second most successful dressage Connemara of 2011 with a 63rd place among all breeds.
Among the rest of the top ten Connemaras Va ̈rnbergs Orion boasts a son in Ilion (out of Myk ́ene) in 6th place and a grandson in Okay Cosmos (by Cannon out of Iowa) in 8th place. The fourth ranking pony Lofty Roseanne (77th among all breeds) instead has a fully Irish pedigree being by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Rolo. Best among the partbreds 2011 was Poetic Poetry by the Elite stallion Poetic Justice, otherwise best known for his jumping offspring.
Turningtothisyear’sresultsinstead,wefindanewnameinO ̈nnarpsKurant(byAladdin out of Cillva II) who has been placed at national level during the early competitions of the year. It will be interesting to see how he will succeed during the rest of the year. Another interesting name is Molliere (by Juno Rory out of Brol ̈otens Samba) who can be found among the top 100 after a win and a second place at the regional level. Molliere was last summer’s Swedish Connemara Champion in dressage and it is nice to see him continue do well. Among the top 100 we also have the new name Hansas Daisy (by Lofty Roderic out of Hagens Naughty-Nora) and Ko ̈hls Fidolina, Lofty Roseanne and Tic Tac all presented above.
The number of ponies gaining points in eventing were up slightly compared to last year. The pony gathering the most eventing points of all breeds was the Connemara partbred Casper (by Cannon), half brother of the dressage pony Okay Cosmos mentioned above. Among the purebreds the most successful pony was the approved stallion Nice-n’-Curly (by the Elite stallion Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) who was placed 12 overall. Second to him was Kasper Kavat (out of Carnaby Kajsa Kavat) a half brother of Tic Tac who was placed 19 among all breeds. Third was Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S) followed by Moon Struck (out of Moon Light) who is by the old Nordic eventing championship gold medal winner Uranus. The last Connemara to gain eventing points during 2011 was the Irish import Glendun Lad (by Moyans Little Monkey out of Murphy Blue).
The Connemaras were doing well in show jumping in 2011. All top ten Connemaras were among the top 100 (and indeed almost the top 50) show jumping ponies of all breeds. The Elite stallion Poetic Justice, now in France, had two daughters among the ten: Irish bred Poetic Moonlight (out of Lehid Vida) finished as number four (19th of all breeds) and Swedish bred Poetic Annie (out of the Elite mare Myrens Anitra) was tenth among the Connemaras and 54th of all breeds. Another Swedish bred pony to make the top ten was Desdemona (by Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) finishing 5th (24th of all breeds).
The Swiss import Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch) was the most successful Connemara in 2011 finishing 6th among ponies of all breeds after a strong season. A nose hair behind Little Finnigan was the French bred Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) in 7th place among all breeds.
The remaining ponies on the top ten were all Irish bred. The little mare Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) has long been a resident of the top end of the result lists of national competitions. This year she took a bronze at the Swedish championships and finished third on the Connemara pony ranking as well. Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out Dunamoney Lass) finished in 6th place (33rd among all breeds), ahead of the new name Dunbelievable (by Kylemore Rocky out of Primula Pearls Blazer, 39th among ponies of all breeds). Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) had a good year participating in both the European and the Nordic championships and took a team gold at the latter event. In the 2011 ranking he was 8th among the Connemaras (41st among all breeds) ahead of Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady) in 9th place (46th of all breeds).
Looking at this year’s ranking so far Brolo ̈tens Cloetta is leading the pack of Connemaras. Cloetta (out of Molly) has an interesting pedigree with the old dressage ace Juno Rory as her sire. Clearly she knows how to jump as well. Another interesting name is the French stallion Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Underline of Laps) in place 18 who has already won at both regional and national level this year. The mare Brittney (out of the Elite mare Hagens Grandezza), a half sister to the dressage pony Lofty Roseanne mentioned above, has also had a promising start and is presently in place
76. Her daughter Holmtebo Bridie (by Hagens D’Arcy) earned a jumping award at her three-year-old-test in 2009 and proved that Brittney indeed also pass on her jumping genes.
Poetic Justice as always has several offspring among the top 100. In addition to last year’s number ten Poetic Annie, Highlander (out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) and the partbred Little Wonder are also among the top 100 so far. Another sire to have more than one offspring among the 100 first is Westside Fred. Lexus Justice is presently in number 9 and the partbred Wutang is found a bit further down in place 45. Three names from last year’s top ten Connemaras are also among the first 100 Sceilig Siofra, Ix de l’Aulne and Drumcong Finn, while the partbred Hip Hop (by Pommac) has had a great start and is fifth so far.
After a warm and sunny March, winter returned in time for the stallion inspections and sleet was falling all through the day. Thank goodness for indoor schools. Four three-year- olds, three four-year-olds and two older stallions came forward at the inspections, but disappointingly none of the boys was considered to be of sufficient quality to be passed as a stallion. Irish born Castle Verdi (by Janus out of Orph ́ee Schueracher) and French born Vox Pop de l’Aulne (by Glenree de l’Aulne out of Ies de l’Aulne) had conformation scores closes to the approval threshold and hopefully they or one of the others can come back next year and show a stronger conformation after maturing a little. In the loose jumping Count on Courageous (by Coosheen Finbarr out of Count on Chiquita) shone with the highest points for the day for both technique and temperament but did not fit the bill with his conformation.
The older, already approved, stallions were reviewed with respect to their offspring. Ha- gens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning) could be given an A premium for his offspring’s good conformation. The late Janus (by Øxenholm Marble Jr out of Brantshammar Julie) was given a posthumous Elite premium only awarded to stallions with progeny of exceptional quality. Janus is now the second generation Elite premium stallion as his sire also is one.
The 16-year-old French bred Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc) has been in Sweden for a couple of years now. His dam Hilda des Ludes is the mother of 19 foals, five of which has taken part in the European Championships. Before coming here Idefix had a successful show jumping career in France and participated in the European Championships in 2005. He has continued to do well show jumping here ranking number 6 among ponies of all breeds and 2nd among the Connemaras in 2010. Due to his busy competition schedule he was unable to be present at the stallion inspections but was given a dispensation to be inspected in a separate inspection. Happily, Idefix fulfilled all the necessary quality requirements and could be passed as a stallion giving us one new stallion this year.
We are beginning to see the end of another year and we can tentatively begin to summarize the Connemara year 2011. The competition season still continues with indoor events so there may still be changes in the performance rankings before the year is over, but the in hand shows and the young pony events have all been completed.
In the dressage ranking Backens Lotus (by the Elite premium stallion Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) has continued to do well throughout the season and he is the highest ranked Connemara in 17th place. In the Swedish dressage championships he could not quite manage to repeat last year’s silver medal but was still placed fifth among the 130 – 140 cm ponies. He has now been advertised for sale and will most likely bring on a new young dressage rider next year.
The second highest ranking dressage Connemara at the time of writing is the blue eyed cream Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of Ko ̈hls Rapsodi) who is presently in place 59, just a few points ahead of his cousin Ko ̈hls Evelina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) in 60th place. Both Countach Campbell and Shirley’s Thunderbell are by snother Elite premium stallion, Brantshammar Bell Dara. Shirley’s Thunderbell has another daughter in the top 100, Evelina’s full sister Ko ̈hls Fidolina who is presently ranked number 88. A new name on the top 100 dressage ponies is Lofty Roseanne (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of the Elite premium mare Rolo) who is ranked number 74 at the moment.
The partbreds Poetic Poetry (by the Elite premium stallion Poetic Justice) and Chopin AM (maternal grandsire Tootle U) have also continued to do well during the summer and autumn and are now in place 36 and 39 respectively. Poetic Poetry was placed 8th in the Swedish dressage championships and he also participated in the Nordic dressage championships where he was part of the bronze-winning Swedish team.
The interest in eventing has been fairly low in Sweden lately, but it now seems to be on the increase and with the eventing season over there are seven pure and partbred with eventing competition points. The highest ranking eventer for 2011 is the old partbred Connemara trouper Casper (by Cannon). The highest ranking purebred is another old veteran, the stallion Nice-n’-Curly (out of Corinne II), by the Elite stallion Nice-n’-Easy. Nice-n’-Curly participated in the Nordic eventing championships where he took a creditable individual bronze medal. Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S) finished 25th and Glendun Lad (by Moyans Little Monkey out of Murphy Blue) finished 46th.
There are also some new names on the list of Connemaras with eventing points. Kasper Kavat (out of Carnaby Kajsa Kavat), another pony by the above-mentioned Countach Campbell, finished in 17th place, ahead of the partbred Lakeview Decs Joy (by Ballintub- ber Lad) in 19th place, Calabash (maternal grandsire Gloves Duke) in place 28 and Moon Struck (out of Moon Light) in 27th place. Moon Struck’s sire Uranus was himself a suc- cessful eventer in the 1990’s winning the individual Nordic championship gold in 1998 and a team gold in 1999 as well as individual gold and silver at the Swedish eventing championships in 1996 and 1999 respectively.
This year, for the first time, Connemara ponies have been able to compete for the title Swedish Connemara champion in eventing. The title was awarded together with a compe- tition open for all breeds and the title went to Halle Salix (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Saga).
Among the show jumping top 100 ponies there are no less than 17 pure and partbred Connemaras. Three of the purebreds are Swedish-born: Desdemona (by Brolo ̈tens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) in 12th place in the ranking and taking 10th place at the Swedish championships;Phalcon(bytheElitepremiumstallionO ̈xenholmMarbleJroutofGra ̈ns Lady Stella) in 38th place and Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra) presently placed 53 and one of Poetic Justice’s many successful show jumping offspring.
Poetic Justice also has an Irish born daughter, Poetic Moonlight (out of Lehid Vida) in 23rd place and other Connemaras bred in Ireland among the top 100 are Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) ranked in 7th place after among other things a bronze medal at the Swedish championships, Dunbelievable (by Kylemore Rocky out of Primula Pearls Blazer) in place 34, Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady) currently ranking 42 and Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) in 62nd place. Other imports are Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch) from Switzerland who presently holds the third place in the ranking; the French-born Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) who was 6th at the Swedish championships and is placed 15 in the ranking and the Danish Nygaards Fo ̈lfod (by Baunely’s Dipper out of Skovbo’s Dorthealilje) rounding off the top 100.
The partbred Connemaras are also continuing to jump well. There’s a new Irish name, Wutang who is yet another of Westside Fred’s successfully jumping offspring, and the Swedish Hilma (another one by Poetic Justice) and Hip Hop (by Pommac) all making the top 100. A special mention, however, must be made of Sa’feds Frosty (maternal grandsire Roundstone Chief) who at the age of 22 still is competing very successfully and presently is the highest ranking partbred in 47th place. He gained his first competition points in 1994 and has been active in the show jumping circuit ever since, most years ranking top 100 with a succession of riders. What a pony.
Since the unusually early national show in June a local show has been held at Bjo ̈rba ̈ck in Southern Sweden in collaboration with the New Forest society. Some 35 ponies were entered and participated both in hand and under saddle. In the in hand classes the yearling filly Big’s Cha Cha Cha (by Clifden de l’Aulne out of Lofty Abigail) took the youngstock champion title with the three-year-old filly Aramos Lucy (by Aladdine out of Rodbella) standing reserve. Lucy’s half sister O ̈nnarps Melizza (out of O ̈nnarps Graze) too the supreme championship title with Big’s Cha Cha Cha as reserve.
The ridden classes were held in mixed classes together with the foresters. The Open ridden class, however, had only Connemara participants and was won by the stallion Coosheen Finbarr (by Glencarrig Prince out of Scarteen Mistral). The Open Working Hunter Pony class was won by a New Forest, but with a Connemara, Lofty Rowena (out of Lofty Romilly, half sister of the above mentioned Lofty Roseanne), a daughter of Coosheen Finbarr’s in second place.
Young pony activities
At this year’s young pony finals the Connemaras truly proved their worth as talented jumpers. The youngest ponies, the three-year-olds already set the stage for a memorable Connemara weekend. Among the ponies in height category D (140 – 148 cm) the first and fourth placed were all Connemara ponies with the second and third placed riding ponies both were partbred Connemaras. It was also a triumph for the Irish-born stallion Castleside JJ who had his first Swedish-born crop on site. JJ is the sire both of the winning Lofty Fionnuala (out of Lofty Fiona) and Hagalyckans Justin (out of Idholmens Zibylla) placed fourth. The riding pony Fix William (maternal grandsire Juno Rory) took second place and Poetic Starfighter (by Poetic Justice) took third.
Among the three-year-olds competing in the ”movements” category Holmtebo Yale (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Hagens Yanine) was fourth in height category D. Yeats full brother Holmtebo Yeats then stepped forward among the four-year-olds and took second place in the jumping for category D. The five-year-olds finally also saw some strong jumping performances among the Connemaras. The stallion Poetic Kelly (by Poetic Justice out of Lofty Dusty Rambler) followed up on the talent he has already shown at three and four years of age and he won category D. Third placed to him was the riding pony Amoro (by Kamillo av Haga) with another Connemara in fourth place, Holmtebo Crested Ten (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Hagens Ultra) who won the class for four-year-olds last year.
A pony that haven’t fitted under any of the headlines above but that definitely deserves a mention is Brol ̈otens Kenzo (by Finney Master out of Rambling Rosie) who recently took a silver at the Swedish championships in Western riding. Nice also to see that Edens Jaspis (by Janus out of Edens Honeybee) have given long distance riding a try.
We are now halfway through the year and the summer season is full of championships both in hand and under saddle. Connemaras and their owners and riders have been out and about participating in all sorts of events.
In the dressage arena several Connemaras successfully take on the riding ponies. Two partbreds are on the ranking of the 100 ponies gaining the most dressage points. The Danish bred Chopin AM has a Connemara grandsire in Tootle U and is presently in place 26. Another successful partbred is Poetic Poetry. With Poetic Justice as his sire he is of jumping breeding, but still has a most respectable dressage career, and he was part of the Swedish team taking a bronze medal at the Nordic dressage Championships.
Among the purebreds Rolls Royce has two gelding sons among the top 100. Backens Lotus (out of Princess Jasmin) continues to do well and recently won the dressage derby while Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona) is in place 96. Another family connection is though Rolls Royce’s half brother Janus who is the sire of O ̈strahults Benz (out of O ̈strahults Sonette) in place 79. Benz has also done well in the show ring in previous years and twice been reserve champion gelding at the breed show. The remaining two Connemaras in the dressage top 100 are closely related too. The blue eyed cream Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of Ko ̈hls Rapsodi) is just a few points ahead of K ̈ohls Evelina (out of Hagens Ellina) by Countach Campbell’s half brother Shirley’s Thunderbell.
In June Connemara ponies and riders met in Norrk ̈oping where the Swedish Connemara society held the national show and, together with a local riding club, Swedish Connemara championships in dressage and show jumping. The dressage championship saw 21 partic- ipants divided into three categories. Among the smaller ponies the winner was Molliere (out of Brolo ̈tens Samba). He has a true performance breeding with the Elite stallion Finney Master as his grandsire. His sire is Juno Rory, the full brother to Rolls Royce, who himself had a long dressage career at the highest national level.
Molliere started his career by being placed fourth in the national dressage championships for five-year-olds. Another pony to do well in the young pony championships has been Azalea (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Liljeg ̊ardens Graze) who last year won the dressage championships for six-year-olds. This year she participated in the Connemara championships and won among the larger ponies with a beautiful performance, but only a few points ahead of her half brother the stallion Golden Garlic (out of Ambrosia) competing with a new rider this year. Golden Garlic also participated in the class for overheight ponies and riders over the age of 18, this time with his former rider, and was again narrowly beaten. In this class the champion was Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May Li) who took his second Swedish Connemara champion title, the first one being won in 2008.
Pony eventing in Sweden is still at a low with no Swedish ponies participating in the European eventing championships this year. At home there are ponies eventing, though not at a level that make them qualified for the courses at the European championships.
Ranking second at present is the partbred old trouper Casper (by Cannon). Another one in the top ten is the stallion Nice-n’-Curly (by by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II). He took part in the Nordic eventing championships where he took the bronze medal. Other ponies to also take eventing points are Mosquito R (by Calvin Klein out of Marion Jones S) and the Irish-bred Glendun Lad (by Moyans Little Monkey out of Murphy Blue).
The list of the 100 ponies with most show jumping points so far this year makes nice read- ing for the Connemara friend, or how about ten purebred Connemaras and six partbreds among the top 100 ponies of all breeds. Most show jumping points, and in number two so far, is the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan our of Little Witch) competing under the name of Little Finnigan. He has been out and about competing abroad at the Baltic Cup competitions in Norway and Denmark where he has won and been placed.
OfthepurebredsfourarebredinSweden:Phalcon(byO ̈xenholmMarbleJroutofGr ̈ans Lady Stella) in place 4, Desdemona (by Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) in place 7 and Poetic Annie (by Poetic Justice out of Myrens Anitra) are all familiar names for those following pony show jumping at this level, while Brol ̈otens Cloetta (out of Molly) in 86th place is an interesting new name. With Juno Rory as her father you would expect a dressage pony but together with her grandsire Ballydonagh Cassanova he has provided a healthy dose of jumping genes allowing Cloetta to compete and win in show jumping classes with fences up to 120 cm.
Also on the top 100 is the French Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne). He came home from the Nordic Championships with both an individual and a team gold among the larger ponies. He also represented Sweden at the European show jumping championships in July. Ix’s team colleague at the both the Nordic and European Championships, Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden), is just outside the top 100. He has competed sparingly but was placed when competing in the Netherlands and took a third in the consolation class at the European championships. Other purebreds on the top 100 are Drumcong Finn (by Seafield Fionn out of Westside Lady), Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie), Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) and a new name from Ireland, Dunbelievable (by Kylemore Rocky out of Primula Pearls Blazer).
At the breed show three Swedish Connemara show jumping championship titles were competed for by thirteen ponies under difficult weather conditions. Winner among the smaller ponies was Idylle (by Kamik Breeze out of Gina 2nd) a pony of strong show jumping breeding who’s sire had his own successful show jumping career. Among the larger ponies the winner was the eight-year-old Holmtebo Our Winnie (by Hagens Zephyr out of Hagens Ultra). This young mare has had a solid career competing in the young pony finals as a four-, five- and six-year-old and now carrying on her career successfully among the adult ponies. The class for overheight ponies and / or riders over 18 had only two contestants with last year’s winner Nice-n’-Cherry (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Dory-Nice) coming out on top once again.
Young pony activities
Some of the three-year-old tests have been held during the spring while the rest will be held after the summer. Among the Connemaras shown so far Hagens D’Arcy’s offspring and the Holmtebo stud have been very successful. Out of four Holmtebo ponies by Hagens D’Arcy, three (Holmtebo Swift out of Hagens Star, Holmtebo Archie out of Hagens Annie and Holmtebo Yale out of Hagens Yanine) were given double awards, both for gaits and for jumping, at their three-year-old test. In his first three foal cohorts D’Arcy have eleven offspring that have participated in three-year-old tests and seven of these have double awards and one has a jumping award. A very promising beginning for a young stallion.
Another stallion who’s offspring have distinguished themselves in the young pony activities is the Elite stallion Rolls Royce. This spring his daughter Hold Roxy Bellaria (out of Hold Bellarina Skylark) have added to his list of offspring with a gait award from a three-year- old test. The young L ̊angarno ̈ Cedrick has his first foal cohort turning three this year and his daughter Carnaby Lor Sparrow (out of Ashfield Flash Sparrow) was given a jumping award at her test.
The national show saw a good turnout in spite of being held much earlier than usual. There were no yearling colts forward, but the yearling fillies had five contestants. Win- ner was Bjennesby Janis Joplin (out of Hagens Yulie) by the Finnish stallion Rockfield Scarface. Among the two-year-old colts the winner was the Irish import Castle Verdi (by Janus out of Orph ́ee Schueracher). Verdi has an international pedigree with a Swedish born sire and a French born dam breeding him in Ireland. The winning two-year-old filly Holmtebo Walzing Mathilda (by Hagens D’Arcy out of Holmtebo Wait for Me) on the other hand has several generations of Swedish-bred ponies in her pedigree. Castle Verdi was awarded the youngstock championship with Bjennesby Janis Joplin as reserve.
The older gelding class saw some very strong contestants with Lidens Mr Li, the winner of one of the dressage championship titles, winning and also taking the gelding championship to Hagens Zinzano (by Spinway Corona out of Abbeyleix Flora) who was second and reserve gelding champion. The two lads also each one a ridden class.
Among the mares Hagens Hella (by Hagens Ryan out of Hagens Umbra) won the class for four- to six-year-old mares and Lofty Romilly (by Poetic Justice out of Rolo) the one for mares seven to ten years old. In the oldest mare class Hagens Rosmara (by Va ̈rnbergs Orion out of Hagens Andora) added another victory to her list. Her daughter, Hagens Umbra (by Hagens O’Chief) was third in the same class. Being the dam of Hagens Hella it made for quite a family reunion in the Best in Show ring later on. The class for mares not entered in the stud book was won by Markatta (out of Milldred), one of Gunne Anton’s few offspring. Secont to Markatta was Stockmossens Tindra (by Kamillo av Haga out of Stockmossens Timandra) who also too the allround pony title for the most successful pony participating in all the different events throughout the weekend.
The class for three-year-old fillies was won by R ̊a ̊as Emerald (by Kulan Kavat out of Little Sweet Lollipop) who was much liked by the judges and was the eventual second runner up for the Best in Show title. Only two licensed stallions came forward, but two very good ones: Backuddens Rebell (by Janus out of Tyfon) in the older stallion class and his half uncle Erinmore Golden Marble (by O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Glaskopf Grey Joanna) in the younger stallion class. At the end of the day Golden Marble took the reserve Best in Show title with Rebells half brother, the two-year-old colt Castle Verdi, being chosen Best in Show.
Last year’s competition season is since long completed. By now all competitions should have been reported and it is time to take a look at the final standings among the perfor- mance ponies. In dressage last year’s most successful Connemara was Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) who finished in 8th place among ponies of all breeds. In second place we have his half brother Ragnarps Little Royce (out of Bolle Lusona). Rolls Royce’s half brother, the late Janus, has Pyramus (out of Olympia II) in third place and Tip Top (out of Hagens Farabella) in ninth place and Lidens Mr Li (out of May-Li) in tenth place. Rolls Royce full brother Juno Rory, himself a successful dressage stallion in the 90ies, is the sire of the stallion Golden Garlic (out of Ambrosia) who ranked number six last year.
More family connections among the top ten dressage ponies in 2010 are the two full sisters Ko ̈hls Fidolina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) in fifth place and Ko ̈hls Evelina in seventh place. Their sire, Shirley’s Thunderbell, is a half brother to Countach Campbell who was the sire of the blue eyed cream Tic Tac (out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi, not closely related to Fidolina and Evelina) who finished fourth among the dressage Connemaras. O’Neil (by Hagens O’Chief out of Nelly Dun) finally, who was eighth, is a half brother to Golden Garlic’s dam Ambrosia and his paternal grandsire, Blue Chief is maternal grandsire of both Backens Lotus, K ̈ohls Fidolina and Ko ̈hls Evelina.
The first competitions of the year have also been held and reported. It is always interesting to see how old names show up and new names appear. At the time of writing no less than seven Connemaras and three partbreds are on the top one hundred dressage ponies of all breeds. Backens Lotus is still doing well and is presently in fifth place. Other names that are reappearing from last year’s final standings are Ko ̈hls Evelina and O’Neil both in joint 50th place.
Among the new names, the highest placed is Countess II (out of Chess III) in 29th place. Her sire, Carnaby Patrick Hooligan, is by Hagens O’Chief and thus a half brother to O’Neill. Further down in the line we find Markanth (by Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg out of Idholmens Lily) in joint 50th place, followed by Fame II (out of Birkums Funny), another of Rolls Royce’s dressage progeny, in 87th place and Bellina (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Belle II) and Okay Cosmos (by Cannon out of Iowa) in joint 89th place. The partbred Connemaras on the top one hundred are brother and sister Miramis and Jumping Arizona. Their sire, Kamik Breeze, was himself a performance pony, but compeated mostly in show jumping. The third partbred on the top one hundred is Vicky (by Holens Ingolf), presently in place 78.
Moving on to eventing, last year was a slow year for both Connemaras and ponies in general. Only two purebred and three partbred Connemaras competed and took points in eventing. The above mentioned Lidens Mr Li who was placed tenth in the dressage ranking was also the pure bred Connemara to take the highest number of eventing points.
This put him in a tied sixth place in the all-breeds ranking sharing with the old European Championship participant Casper (by Cannon) and Calabash who’s maternal grandsire is the Irish stallion Gloves Duke. The other two Connemaras taking eventing points in 2010 are two golden oldies: The 18-year-old stallion Nice-n-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) and the partbred Djufwan ̈as Bea (by V ̈arnbergs Neptunus) turning 23 this year. The eventing season 2011 has yet to start in Sweden.
In show jumping the Connemaras had an exceptional 2010. There were three purebred Connemaras among the top ten, seven (and one partbred) among the top 20, and fifteen among the top one hundred. Although many of the best show jumpers have been im- ported, this year we were happy to see a Swedish bred Connemara at the head of the pack. Desdemona is by Brol ̈otens Joop and out of Ti-Ti-Oo and had an exceptional sea- son crowning it by winning the Ridsport Pony Cup finals for ponies 130 – 140 cm and she was placed fourth among ponies of all breeds. The other two Swedish bred ponies among the top ten Connemaras were Highlander (by Poetic Justice out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) in sixth place and his half sister Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra) in tenth.
The Irish born Poetic Moonlight (out of Lehid Vida) was yet another of Poetic Justice to be placed highly in the ranking, this time in ninth place. She was joined by two more Irish ponies, Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) in fourth place and Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) in fifth place. The three French ponies from the I-cohort, Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc our of Hilda des Ludes), Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi our of Underline of Laps) and his half brother Ix de l’Aulne (out of Castille de l’Aulne), were number two (and sixth of all breeds), seven and eight respectively. In third place, and seventh among all breeds, was the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan our of Little Witch).
Looking at the present ranking for this year we find a lot of pure and partbred Connemaras among the hundred with most show jumping points so far. I count twelve purebreds and eight partbreds and the suspiciously named Drishoge Bobby Sparrow with no recorded pedigree. As in the dressage rankings some ponies from the top ten Connemaras of 2010 are beginning the season strongly. Poetic Annie, Little Finnigan, Desdemona, Sceilig Siofra, Ix de l’Aulne and Lexus Justice are all amone the top one hundred show jumpers so far. Desdemona has already been abroad competing in Denmark where both her two qualifiers and the Grand Prix.
Among the new names the pedigrees are more diverse than in among the dressage ponies, but Poetic Justice continues to stand out with three partbreds, Temple Attica, Poetics Rodrigo and Poetic Bianca in addition to the purebred Poetic Annie. Another pony with more than one progeny among the present top one hundred is Pommac who is the sire of both the partbred Hip Hop and the purebred Scarlett Pimpinell S (out of Yankie Girl).
There are two more Swedish born purebred Connemaras among the top one hundred and one partbred. Tammy Lane (by Va ̈rnbergs Orion out of My Lane) and Phalcon (by Janus’ sire O ̈xenholm Marble Jr out of Gr ̈ans Lady Stella) are both among the top thirty while the partbred Knatte (by Kamillo av Haga) is a bit further down. Imported Connemaras from all over Europe also continue to do well. From France we have Jazz de Rhonon (by Vent Fou Duff out of Carry Me de Rhonon) and the partbred Koka d’Almy (out of Une de Aout), from Ireland Some Man For One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden) and the partbreds CTS Jordan (by Murphy’s Rebel) och Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (bye Tempebready Fear Bui) and from Denmark Nygaards F ̈olfod (by Baunelys Dipper out of Skovbo’s Dorthealilje) all among the hundred ponies taking the most show jumping points so far.
A record number of seventeen stallions were entered for the stallion inspections this year of whom one, Erinmore Golden Marble was already approved and coming back for his volountary performance test while the others were new hopefuls. After thorough in- spection four new stallions could be approved as class one. Gra ̈ns Legolas was the only three-year-old of the nine entered to pass. He is the first stallion son of Grange Flynn Sparrow and his dam’s, Gra ̈ns Fideli’s, second stallion son. With both his sire and his maternal grandsire, Dale Haze, having competed successfully in eventing it will be inter- esting to see if Legolas will give the performance field a try too. Legolas scored a 9 (out of 10) for his type and received the highest overall conformation marks of the Connemaras.
Two four-year-old stallions were entered and the Irish born, Danish owned Bell Prince could be approved. Bell Prince is by Glencarrig Lexus out of Bellpark with Boden Park Finnard as the maternal grandsire.
Among the four five-year-olds only Bingo Bell could be passed as a class 1 stallion. Bingo Bell is the second son by Coosheen Finbarr to be approved. His mother Cameron Belle is a diploma mare and was reserve champion at the breed show as a three-year-old and one of her daughters was reserve youngstock champion in 1996. A son has won at the quality test and another daughter is a successful show jumper. Cameroon Belle’s sire is the late Elite stallion Brantshammar Bell Dara.
The last new stallion of the year was the six-year-old O ̈nnarpsOrcan.Heisthefirstson of Backuddens Mountain Haze and thereby the second new stallion this year with Dale Haze as a grandsire. Orcan’s dam O ̈nnarps Babette (by Aladdin) is also a diploma mare and was youngstock champion at the breed show as a two year old. Several of her progeny have been doing well at the three-year-old tests including Orcan who won the national finals for three-year-olds in the ”gaits” class. At the inspections he scored 9 for his trot and also nines in both his loose jumping grades.
ErinmoreGoldenMarble,thelastsonofO ̈xenholmMarbleandoutoftheGermanimport Glaskopf Grey Joanna (by Frederiksminde Hazy Marvel) was approved last year. As a three-year-old he won the national finals of the ”gaits” and he lived up to this success by scoring well in his performance test. In particular he received praise for his ridden jumping scoring two eights and a nine.
On July 24th the national show for the Connemara ponies took place. Judging exhibition classes was invited from France Yvonne Held, who raises both Connemara and Shetland po- nies in the stud Schuracher, together with Christina Sjölander-Johansson from Bolle stud in Bollebygd. Working Hunter class was judged by Mary Holdhaus and ridden classes by Anna Iletorp.
The weather was with us and assessment of the young horses in the morning started with one year old fillies. Beautiful Bride Broderick was winning out of this class that included three participants. Gelding 3 & 1 year old had only one participant each and they were awar- ded a bronze medal. The full range was used by our judging couple. Two-year colt / gelding was also alone, but won a silver plaque. The notified five two years would be four mares with a streak and won did Fredericksminde Lofty Made with a silver. From Bjennesby and Ker- stin Johansson was the victor in the three-year class for fillies and Hagen Cup, Bjennesby Fergi. Fergi a powerful individual by Poetic Justice, was reserve champion young horses bea- ten by the one-year old filly Bride Broderick.
After lunch was mare classes and Maggie May RC 1405 was the first to win a gold plaque. The next mare class received three gold plaques and winners were Dangan Memory RC GB M 1787. Lovön Destiny RC 1117 winner of next class and a gold. The class of mares not yet in the studbook held high class and the first two received the gold, won the class did Gentle Farm’s Breeze.
Foal class was fine five participants and winners would be a daughter of last year’s stallion leased to Sweden, Clifden de l’Aulne. Mother is Yasmin Broderick and class of a high stan- dard in all but one foal received a gold rank on the plaque.
Stallion classes are of course one of the highlights of the exhibitions and not many guys were notified but those who came received gold plaques. Winner here were Coosheen Fin- barr RC 99 before Starrhults Bossanova RC 106.
The old Connemaras, 18 year-old Kazmir got a nice gold plaque.
Last out of the day of the exhibition was the gelding class where Carl Bosson and his pony Elphin Darwin not only did they win the class but is also a fine display price which also Isa- belle Svensk received showing the one year old Bride Broderick.
That would be a very long days coming to an end and finals. Champion young horse had already been appointed in this morning’s assessment of Bride Broderick as the winner. Color Cup, where black, brown or chestnut coloured ponies may be shown to have participated in the day. Winner would be mare Maggie May RC 1405 (bay) with reserve Shade’s Dark Rosa- lee RC 1368 (black).
Best gelding was Elphin Darwin and it was time for Best In Show. In all that has been awarded gold or class winner with no less than silver. After few turns in the ring was stallion Coosheen Finbarr RC 99 to be today’s most beautiful pony with the mare Dangan Memory RC GB M in 1787 as a reserve.
We’re half-way through the year and it’s time to take a peak at the rankings for the competing ponies. In dressage there are seven purebred Connemaras and two partbreds among the top 100 ponies. Compared to last years final ranking there are both some familiar old faces and some new names.
Of the ones figuring in last years final ranking the partbred riding pony stallion Verdi (maternal grandsire Lofty Roderic) is presently highest placed in 5th place. He has been out competing internationally with two fifths from a dressage competition in Moorsele. Another partbred from last year’s top 100 is Poetic Poetry. Her sire Poetic Justice is known for siring excellent show jumper and his offspring has not been seen so much in the dressage arena, but Poetic Poetry shows that they can also do dressage with the very best and he has several wins on the national level so far this year.
Among the purebreds Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) is presently in 25th place after some strong national competing. He represented Sweden at the Nordic – Baltic Championships in Drammen in Norway the first weekend of July and was there part of the silver-winning team of ponies 130 – 140 cm. Lotus’ cousin Golden Garlic (by Rolls Royce’s full brother Juno Rory out of Ambrosia) also continues to do well, competing mostly at the regional level so far this year. A third pony who has stayed in the top 100 since last year is the reliable Hagens Qumulus (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Fondora). He has participated both in the European and the Nordic Championships several times and has hardly been out of the top 10 dressage Connemaras since 1996. This year he turns 20, but is still going strong.
Another familiar face from the Swedish Connemara dressage championships to appear in the top 100 so far this year is Tic Tac (by Countach Campbell out of K ̈ohls Rapsodi). Last year he was second in the Connemara dressage championships for the smaller ponies. This year he has won on his only national competition so far. The final Connemara to be found on the present top 100 is K ̈ohls Evelina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina). She is a full sister of K ̈ohls Fidolina who was on last year’s ranking and she is also related to Tic Tac as they share the Elite stallion Brantshammar Bell Dara as their paternal grandsire.
Sadly there have been very few Connemaras (or even ponies in general) eventing so far this year. The stallion Nice-n-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II ) has been by far the most successful Connemara, but was unable to clear the vetting at his last competition. Fingers crossed it is nothing serious and that we will soon see this grand old gentleman out and about again.
The list of the 100 most successful show jumping ponies so far this year has some lovely reading for the Connemara friend. No less than 14 purebred and four partbred Con- nemaras rank among the top 100. The most successful sire, as usual one might almost add, is Poetic Justice (by Ballydonagh Cassanova out of Gloves Misty) with two pure (Poetic Annie out of Myrens Anitra and Highlander out of Gryt ̊asa Kryddan) and two partbreds (Little Wonder and Poetic Shano) on the list. Poetic Annie did well at the Elite competitions at Norrk ̈oping Horse and Pony Show in May where she was 3rd in a 1m20 class. She was also 4th at the Swedish show jumping championships for ponies 130 – 140 cm. Little Wonder is presently fifth in the show jumping Ridsport Pony Cup among the ponies 130 – 140 cm.
Other Swedish-born Connemaras to do well so far are Tammy Lane (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of My Lane), the partbred Hip Hop (by Pommac) and presently ranking number six Desdemona (By Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo). This fantastic mare is presently the most successful Swedish-bred show jumper of all breeds. She competed internationally at the Baltic Cup in Vilhelmsborg, Denmark, where she was second in the 1m20 Grand Prix class as well as winning two other classes. She is presently third in the Ridsport Pony Cup for 130 – 140 cm ponies, just behind Hip Hop.
But performance Connemaras are also very popular to import and imported Connemaras have done very well too this year. In particular the French ”I crop”, that is foals born in 1996, has done very well in Sweden. Presently both the leader of the show jumping ranking and the runner up (Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Underline of Laps) and Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes) respectively) are French bred Connemaras born in 1996 as is the present number 13, Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne). All three boys have been successful both in Sweden and internationally with Ice and Fire d’Albran winning at both Middelfart and Vilhelmsborg in Denmark and Ix de l’Aulne winning in Vestfold in Norway. Ix was furthermore fourth at the Swedish championships for ponies 140 – 148 cm while Idefix was part of the gold winning team at the Nordic-Baltic championships for ponies 140 – 148 cm and he has been selected to represent Sweden at this year’s European championships.
Another French bred Connemara to jump well this year, both nationally and interna- tionally is Lover de Vauper (by Thunder du Blin out of Daphne de la Dive), while the Swiss-born Little Finnigan de la Praz (by Leam Finnigan out of Little Witch, competing as Little Finnigan) has been one of the more successful ponies in the category 130 – 140 cm. He took a bronze at the Swedish show jumping championships as well as an individual and a team gold at the Nordic-Baltic championships.
Of course a large number of performance Connemaras come here from Ireland too and presently there are no less than five Irish bred Connemaras among the top 100 show jumpers. Of these Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden), Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) and Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) have featured before in my Swedish news. Hesperus Eagle (by Ashfield Jovial Joker out of Ashfield Spinks), Harnells Tricky Dicky (by Rynn Richard out of Fermoyle Heather) and the partbred Tullineaskey Fear Ideas (by Templebready Fear Bui) are interesting new names regularly seen at the top of result lists.
Some Man for One Man continues to do very well and was second at the 1m30 Grand Prix class at Moorsele, Belgium in April. He is also one of the ponies that will represent Sweden at the European show jumping championships in Bishop Burton at the end of this month. The partbred Tullineaskey Fear Ideas has been very successful in the pony category 130 – 140 cm. He has been winning both at Drammen in Norway and at Vilhelmsborg in Denmark, and he is presently sixth after three Ridsport Pony Cup qualifiers. Among the ponies 140 – 148 cm Westside Padraigh (by Westside Fred out of Aran Suzy) is in fourth place after winning the first of the qualifiers. The leading lady of Ridsport Pony Cup is however Sceilic Siofra among the 130 – 140 cm ponies who is well ahead of her competitors after winning two out of three qualifiers. Rumour has it that she after many successful seasons among in the show jumping circuit may retire soon to breeding. Let’s hope all goes well and so that she can pass on her exceptional performance genes.
A couple of local shows have been held. In mid-June Norrk ̈opings Ridklubb, the venue for last year’s breed show, gathered a nice crowd of ponies to be shown both in hand and under saddle. Twelve of the ponies shown were awarded golds and Hagens D’Arcy (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Morning) was given a gold for his progeny group and won the class. In the championship ring, however, it was his sire Hagens O’Chief who could see his daughter Hagens Bella (out of Hagens Xquisite) take home the Champion title with D’Arcy’s two-year-old daughter Holmtebo Winding Rose (out of Holmtebo Wait For Me) as the reserve. The two ridden classes were won by Hagens Bonnie (by Carnaby Patrick Hooligan out of Winnie Love) and Holmtebo April Lily (by Hagens O’Chief out of Hagens Ayla) respectively with Blackbird (by Golden Rover out of Lady Chief) winning the Working Hunter Pony class.
There has also been some local pony shows where Best of Breed titles have gone to Lowis Calla May (by Juno Rory out of Merrielegs), Hagens Bonnie and Hagens Yoleen (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance out of Hagens Surf) and Lidens Mr Li (by Janus out of May-Li) was the highest scoring Connemara at a drop-in show where no Best of Breed title was awarded.
A few of this year’s three-year-old tests has been held during the spring with others due to be held during August and September. At the test in O ̈rebro Arda’s Sprinter (by Hagens O’Chief out of Backuddens Greenwood Haze) showed his talent over fences and was given a jumping award. Sprinter is thereby qualified for the finals this autumn, and hopefully he will be joined by other Connemaras after the summer.