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Swedish Stallion Inspection 2010

Colt inspection in Sweden

Tuula Pyöriä, Finland, Padraig Hynes, Ireland and Håkan Erlandsson from Sweden were the team of judges to look through this year’s colts in for inspection.

Erinmore Golden Marble

Erinmore Golden Marble

Four three year old, three four year old and one five year old colt were shown to the judges. Out of the eight colts two were passed. Erinmore Golden Marble, a four year old whom has won a Best in Show last summer and he won the Championship for three year old ponies, all pony breeds, for his movement.

Erinmore Golden Marble was born 2006 with his owner Susanne Leijonhufvud and Pierre Glad in Valbo, Sweden and is out of Öxenholm Marble JR RC 61and the dam is Glaskopf Grey Joanna DE21994 who is by Fr

edriksminde Hazy Marvel DEN 68. He is born dun but is going grey and measures 146 cm, 20 cm cannon bone. The judges gave him 9 for type, 8 for head, neck and body, 8 for his limbs, 8 for his walk, 8 for his trot and canter. In his performance loose jumping he was awarded two sevens.2010_sweden_colt_inspection_img_22010_sweden_colt_inspection_img_1

Number two to pass the inspection was the five year old grey XL Broderick, a son of Coosheen Finbarr RC 99, his first group of offspring in Sweden. Finbarr himself being awarded on the Saturday with the letter of value A for his good progeny in the show ring.

XL Broderick’s mother is Moyode Aisling RC IRE 8358, a super performance pony herself. Her sire is Grange Finn Sparrow IRE 659, top of the list’s stallion in Ireland. XL Broderick was given so many words of appreciation for his ride ability and way of jumping the poles, for his temperament and paces.

Line, XL Broderick and his test rider Örn

Line,
XL Broderick and his test rider Örn

His figures was, three nines for jumping, his paces were, 8 for walk, 7 for trot, 8 for canter and 8 for temperament being ridden and the test rider gave him three sevens, ridden paces, temperament and ability. For his exterior he was given 40 points out of 50. XL Broderick is bred and owned with Dan-Axel Danielsson.2010_sweden_colt_inspection_img_4

Text written by Kristina Blad, photos taken by Lina Åkerberg and Kristina Blad

Swedish News, spring 2010

Stallion news

Springtime means stallion inspections and this year’s Swedish inspections were held the weekend of 20 – 21 March. The new approved stallions have already been presented elsewhere. Coosheen Finbarr (by Glencarrig Prince out of Scarteen Mistral) had a good weekend at the inspections and in addition to having his first son approved he was also awarded an A premium at the age of just nine, for the good conformation of his offspring. Another stallion to be awarded his A premium this spring was Ashfield Cathal Crobdhearg (by Ormond Oliver out of Ashfield Lor Sparrow) who has also proved to sire good quality offspring.

More sobering news reached us earlier this year when the stallion Kilpatrick Fionn (by Abbeyleix Fionn out of Moorland Juliet) had to be put down due to melanoma. This stallion has had a rather short but brilliant show jumping career in Sweden crowning it with participating in the European show jumping championships in 2005. Sadly he has not had time for breeding due to his commitments as a show jumper and it was a cruel twist of fate that his owners had planned to use him for breeding this year. But it was not to be and there will be no foals by this nice stallion in Sweden.

Dressage

Summing up last years dressage results there are Connemaras right up fighting with the very best. The Connemara taking the most dressage competition points for 2009 was the gelding Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) who finished on a creditable overall 4th place with a large number of wins on a national level and several placings in Elite competitions. Another of Rolls Royce’s offspring to make the top 100 was Lotus II (out of Lorette V) and Rolls Royce had no less than eight offspring winning dressage points during 2009, most of them born in the 00-ies, so we can surely expect to see his sons and daughters in the dressage arena for many years to come.

Figure 1: Coosheen Finbarr (by Glencarrig Prince out of Scarteen Mistral), new A pre- mium stallion. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 1: Coosheen Finbarr (by Glencarrig Prince out of Scarteen Mistral), new A pre- mium stallion. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Rolls Royce’s full brother Juno Rory (by Rory Ruadh out of Brantshammar Julie) was in his heydays one of Sweden’s most successful dressage ponies taking several successive riders to the highest national level. Like Kilpatrick Fionn competing meant little time for breeding duties, but one of his few sons, the approved stallion Golden Garlic (out of Ambrosia) has followed in his sired footsteps and was another one to make the top 100 in the dressage rankings. A final little connection to Rory Ruadh is the part bred Chopin AM, bred in Denmark and number 21 among the dressage ponies in Sweden last year, and the highest ranking part bred. His maternal grandsire is the Connemara stallion Tootle U who is another son of Rory Ruadh.

Another successful dressage sire is V ̈arnbergs Orion who has three offspring on the top 100 dressage ponies. The highest ranking of them is the mare Hagens Rosmara (out of Hagens Andora) who is 12th in the dressage ranking for ponies of all breeds. She is another one to have had a very successful year 2009 including competing at the international horse show at Falsterbo. Sadly her rider is now too old for competing in pony competitions, but what a fine year to finish off their career together. Rosmara’s two half brothers to also make the top 100 were Olbiz Tellus (out of Twilight) and Hagens Qumulus (out of Hagens Fondora) and Orion has another two sons taking dressage points in 2009.

Figure 2: Rolls Royce (by Rory Ruadh out of Brantshammar Julie) in 2006 at the age of 26. Sire of many dressage Connemaras in Sweden. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 2: Rolls Royce (by Rory Ruadh out of Brantshammar Julie) in 2006 at the age of 26. Sire of many dressage Connemaras in Sweden. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) in 2006. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 3: Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) in 2006. Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Eventing

Eventing in Sweden is not attracting a huge crowd of competitors these days, and there were only two Connemaras winning competition points last year, the two stallions Grange Flynn Sparrow and Nice-n’-Curly. At the end of the year Nice-n’-Curly (by Nice-n’-Easy out of Corinne II) was the one to have accumulated more points and finished in 12th place with Grange Flynn Sparrow (by Ashfield Festy out of Grange Agnes Sparrow) a bit further down the line.

In addition to the pure breds there were also four part bred Connemaras gaining eventing points last year, with Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) being the highest placed in fourth place after a successful year crowned by an individual 9th place in the European eventing championships.

Show Jumping

In the show jumping the Irish-bred Connemaras have, as always, done really well in 2009, but the most successful of the Connemaras was a French-bred, the gelding Ix de l’Aulne (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Castille de l’Aulne) who competed internationally and crowned the season by taking a gold medal at the indoors Swedish championships.

Three Irish-bred Connemaras made the top 100 show jumping ponies this year. The highest placed of these was Lexus Justice (by Westside Fred out of Dunamoney Lass) who was 12th. During the year he competed not so much in Sweden, but he went to several international competitions and was won two classes at Freudenberg. Lexus Justice was also part of the Swedish team at the European show jumping championships. With him at the championships was another Irish-bred Connemara from the top 100 list, Some Man for One Man (by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow out of Misty Maiden). He also competed at the Nordic-Baltic championships and was placed at the Swedish championships both outdoors and indoors. The third Irish-bred Connemara on the top 100 is Sceilig Siofra (by Deise Sam Maguire out of Gentle Jessie) who had a successful year among the ponies 130 – 140 cm with team silver at the Nordic-Baltic championships and an individual bronze at the Swedish championships.

Figure 4: Poetic Annie (by Poetic Justice out of Myrens Anitra) Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

Figure 4: Poetic Annie (by Poetic Justice out of Myrens Anitra) Photo: Jenny Hagenblad

The last two Connemaras to make top 100 are both bred and born in Sweden. Desdemona (out of Ti-Ti-Oo) is by Brol ̈otens Joop who is by Finney Master (incidently also the sire of Rory Ruadh). Poetic Annie is one of the many good show jumpers sired by Poetic Justice (now in France) while her mother Myrens Anitra is by Nice-n’-Easy, another sire known for his performance offspring and also the sire of the eventing stallion Nice-n’-Curly.

The show jumping season of 2010 is already well under way and some ponies have already been out to compete internationally. The one that has done best so far is the French-bred Ice and Fire d’Albran (by Dexter Leam Pondi out of Underline of Laps) who has won both in Middelfart and Vilhelmsborg and was placed in Zwolle. The French Connemara seems to become increasingly popular (and successful) in Sweden as the top ten jumping ponies so far this year includes no less than three French-bred Connemaras. In addition to Ice and Fire you will also find Lover de Vauper (by Thunder du Blin out of Daphne de la Dive) and Idefix du Villon (by Quignon du Parc out of Hilda des Ludes). With all three having already been out competing on the international scene it will be interesting to see what happens once the European championships are approaching.

/Jenny Hagenblad

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.

Dressage

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.

Eventing

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

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.

Dressage

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

Eventing

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

Sweden: Connemara News April 2009

The pony performance ranking for 2008 makes interested reading for the friend of the Connemara pony. Here the results over the past year of ponies of all breeds are summarised and the ponies are ranked relative to each other. For the performance interested breeder the ranking lists make interesting reading.

Dressage

Beginning with dressage the overall winner of 2008 was a Connemara pony, Lotus II (by Rolls Royce out of Lorette V). Rolls Royce is one of the Swedish stallions with an Elite premium and he has long had a reputation of siring good performance ponies. Lotus’ dam Lorette V is imported to Sweden from France and has also been competing successfully, although in show jumping. Lotus himself has been one of the top dressage ponies in Sweden competing successfully for more than a decade. He has twice participated in the European Championships, both times qualifying to the individual final.

Figure 1: Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) ridden by Isabella Tovek

Figure 1: Backens Lotus (by Rolls Royce out of Princess Jasmin) ridden by Isabella Tovek

No less than nine Connemaras appear among the top 100 of the dressage ponies. The stallion V ̈arnbergs Orion has sired the second highest ranking Connemara, Hagens Qumulus (out of Hagens Fondora), another old European Cham- pionship participant. Qumulus half sister Ha- gens Rosmara (out of Hagens Andora) also made top 100. This mare won the Swedish Champi- onships for Connemara ponies a few years back and has also done well at the in-hand classes of the national show proving that conformation and performance go hand in hand. Also Rolls Royce have two of his offspring on the top 100 dressage list. Backens Lotus (out of Princess Jasmin) is another winner of the Swedish Cham- pionships for Connemara ponies and his rider was awarded the Folksam stipend from the Swe- dish Connemara society for 2008 for advertising the Connemara so well with her successful com- peting.

Eventing

Figure 2: Grange Flynn Sparrow (by Ashfield Festy out of Grange Agnes Sparrow) ridden by Karolina Gahne

Figure 2: Grange Flynn Sparrow (by Ashfield Festy out of Grange Agnes Sparrow) ridden by Karolina Gahne

Eventing has a history of being a strong Connemara discipline in Sweden. Lately, however, there has been a lack of Connemaras among the absolute top performers. In 2008 seven Connemaras made top 100 with the highest ranking being Sunday Bell (by Countach Campbell x Sun Light), incidentally yet another winner at the Swedish Championships for Connemara ponies. Finney Master, another of the Elite premium stallions in Sweden, during his lifetime, made a name for himself as a sire of performance ponies and among the top 100 eventers two of his offspring were found: Brol ̈otens Azzaro (out of Dame Grainne) and Amielle (out of Brantshammar Beckymoss). The international crowd may be interested to hear that two imported ponies were also among the top 100: the Danish S ̈ostholm Kidman (by Pilgaards Killroy out of S ̈ostholm Kimberley) and the Irish Grange Flynn Sparrow (by Ashfield Festy out of Grange Agnes Sparrow).

If the purebred Connemaras are somewhat absent among the top eventers this is made up for in no small amount by two highly successful partbreds. Lillefot (by Frederiksminde Hazy Chance) was the number one eventer in 2008. Among his successes last year are a gold at the Swedish Championships and at the Nordic – Baltic Championships. Runner up to Lillefot in the ranking is another partbred Connemara: Casper (by Cannon) who was the best Swede at last years European eventing Championships.

Show Jumping

Figure 3: Westside Padraig (by Westside Fred out of Aran Suzy)

Figure 3: Westside Padraig (by Westside Fred out of Aran Suzy)

Show jumping is by far the most popular discipline in Sweden with fierce competition, and Irish ponies have a reputation of jumping well. Sadly many Irish ponies, sometimes a picture of Connemara breed type, still come to Sweden with an unknown pedigree. Fortunately many Connemaras also bring their true identity to Sweden and market the Connemara as a high class performer.

The most successful show jumper in 2008 was the Connemara Westside Padraig (by Westside Fred out of Aran Suzy). Among his many wins were two bronzes in the Swedish show jumping championships indoors and outdoors respectively. Another of Westside Fred’s gets Lexus Justice (out of Dunamoney Lass) ranked number 15 in 2008, and the third highest ranking Connemara was a grandchild of Westside Fred: Williams Town Wonder (by Monaghanstown Fred out of Charlotte’s Pride). Show jumping genes anyone?

Another pony known for his performance genes is Poetic Justice (by Ballydonagh Cas- sanova out of Gloves Misty). His purebred daughter Poetic Annie (out of Myrens Anitra) is one of the seven Connemaras on the show jumping top 100. Another of his get, the partbred Golden Star was the third most successful show jumper in 2008 beaten only by the purebred Westside Padraig and an Irish import with unknown breeding. In the indoor show jumping championships of 2008 Golden Star took a silver medal.

The competition season so far

The competition season of 2009 has started for show jumping and dressage and a handful of indoor competitions on a national level has been held. It is still too early to single out which ponies will be the ”big” ones this year, but it is pleasing to see that several Connemaras are already in the ribbons. In show jumping the Swedish bred Desdemona (by Brol ̈otens Joop out of Ti-Ti-Oo) and Poetic Gilbert (by Poetic Justice out of Poetic Annie) has won and been placed respectively, while Irish bred ponies like Clew Bay Thunder (by Thunderball out of Racecourse View), Hearnsbrook Mairtin (by Connemara Playboy out of Atlantic Rose), Finisglen Flora (by Coosheen Finnegan out of Finisglen Star) and Harnells Tricky Dicky (by Rynn Richard out of Fermoyle Heather) all have been placed. The Danish Connemara Skousboe Morning Gift (by Skousboe Morning Rock out of Frederiksminde Mary Lou) have already visited Sweden and travelled back home with a rosette.

In dressage the old veteran Hagens Qumulus (by V ̈arnbergs Orion out of Hagens Fondora), at 19 years of age, has started off very well with two rosettes in his first competition. Backens Lotus is also showing promise with a 6th place at his first national competition of the year. The mare K ̈ohls Fidolina (by Shirley’s Thunderbell out of Hagens Ellina) had a promising start to competing at a national level when she took a third place and qualified to the Swedish Championships at her very first start at this level.

Stallion Inspections

Figure 4: Poetic Kelly (by Poetic Justice out of Lofty Dusty Rambler)

Figure 4: Poetic Kelly (by Poetic Justice out of Lofty Dusty Rambler)

Poetic Justice has been in the news quite a bit lately. Already well known, also among non-Connemara people and riders with not interest in breeding, for his ability to sire outstanding jumpers first made the headlines by travelling down to France for the 2009 covering season. At the stallion inspections in late March he was the man of the day in all ways. Firstly Poetic Justice was awarded his Elite premium, in particular for the jumping ability of his offspring, and is now among the select group of Swedish Elite stallions.

But the success of Poetic Justice did not end here. Later during the day his son Poetic Kelly was approved. Kelly is out of Lofty Dusty Rambler (by Kimble) and certainly lived up to what his pedigree promised with his impressive loose jumping. Other news from the inspections was that L ̊angarn ̈o Cedric completed his performance test and is now fully approved and Calvin Klein was awarded an A premium for the good conformation of his offspring.

Photo: Figure 1 -3: Jenny Hagenblad, figure 4 Annsi Jacobsson

/Jenny Hagenblad