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September 5-8, 2013 Annual ACPS Meeting -- Estes Park Colorado
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2013 Inspection Checklist
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To assist and promote the breeding, registration, training, exhibition and general use of the Connemara.
To preserve the unique qualities of the breed.
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To keep members informed of all matters concerning Connemaras.
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York River State Park has miles of wooded trails for riders, nicely separated from the bicycle and foot trails. Balmullo Farm ponies regularly partake of the woodsy delights.
Pictured are Chesapeake Bay, checking out the York River, and Isabelle, Katy, Chesapeake Bay, and Miss Emma ready to set out."
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I am honored to be your president once again. I want to thank Sally Oxnard for all her years of service and the fine job she has done. I plan to retire in the saddle in my old age and work between our Happy Valley Plantation in VA and Gately Farm in CA.
Our Sad News is that we have found out our beloved stallion, Lone Oak Cedars Grace, is sterile and is on the market as a gelding. The good news is we will be importing a young stallion from Ireland to take his place.
The local California news is that the CDS Amature Owner Training Level Reserve Champion is a couple of blue-eyed creams! Ballencrieff Cameo ridden by Kathryn Lucas! We may be old, but not forgotten!
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Canter On All,
Kathy Lucas, Pres. ACPS
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Farm of the Month
Farm: Irish Gate Farm, Bob and Pattie Stalder
Location: Westmoreland, Kansas
What you breed (or train) for: I read once that the largest demographic for owning Connemaras in the U.S. is middle-aged women. It wasn't intentional, even though I'm nearing the far end of what's considered middle-aged, but the ponies we raise are all suited for that demographic. We believe this means they are suited for riders that may or may not be competitive, expect a level-headed, trustworthy mount; enjoy a wide range of disciplines; and have decided not to waste time on a horse or pony that is less than what they want. We are still amazed that Lance (JEF Sir Lancelot) came into our family with an abundance of Connemara attributes! We breed to replicate him - it's that simple. His temperament was rated 10 by the ACPS Inspection Team, he has 10 inch bone, he's extremely handsome, has impeccable manners and he's a proven champion in Dressage, Eventing and as a Hunter/Jumper. Not to mention he drives, trail rides and made our foray into the world of in-hand breeding very easy.
How many resident ponies you have: Lance is our resident stallion and we have three broodmares: Cedar's Charm and Jasmine are purebred Connemaras and Qisara is a registered pony sized Arabian mare. There are always an assortment of youngsters either running the hills of our farm or beginning training and showing.
Names of one or two notable residents: JEF Sir Lancelot has many titles and championships. 2012 Overall High Point Purebred Champion @ Midwest Connemara Breeders Show, 2012 EquiFest of Kansas Battle of the Breeds Res. Champion; 2011 Res. Champion High Point @ Midwest Connemara Breeders Show; 2010 Ranked 11th nationally, USDF Horse of the Year, Training Level, Jr/Yr; Placed in top ten at 2010 USDF Regional Finals; 2010 1st Place - USDF All Breeds Award, ACPS , Jr/Yr; 2010 2nd Place - USDF All Breeds Award, ACPS, Open; 2009 Briar Fox Trials Novice Champion, 2008 Heritage Park Novice Champion; 2007 USEA Area IV Overall High Point Award, 2007 USEA Area IV Beg. Novice Champion, 2007 USEA Area IV BN Horse of the Year, 2005 ACPS Region VII Hunter/Jumper Champion. In 2012 a 14 year old neighbor needed a replacement mount at the last minute for the horse trials in Kansas City. She borrowed Lance and with only 2 days of prep time, they won their Novice Division. He hadn't evented in almost a year - that's just the kind of guy he is.
One thing you would like people to know about your farm: Bob and I are in the unique position here in Kansas to be able to introduce so many new people to the Connemara breed through Lance and his offspring. Kansas just isn't known for Connemaras, but we're working on it. We have a small farm in the beautiful Flint Hills which means our babies grow up on the prairie with deer, coyotes, turkeys and the rest Mother Nature offers. It's always heart warming when we go out to check on them and they come up to say hello as though they really are happy to see us. Lance is our first and only stallion. We are very proud to say that there are Lance offspring carrying on his legacy in South Carolina, Wyoming, Washington, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oregon, Missouri, Oklahoma, Vermont, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. We enjoy every minute of sharing Lance with people at shows and events. He always makes us proud and is the perfect Ambassador for our chosen breed.
Previous Farms of the Month:
1-13 Hollymead Farm
1-8-12 Fade to Grey Farm
1-22-12 Big Bear Farm
2-5-12 Paradox Connemaras
3-4-12 Rivendell Farm
3-18-12 Cashel Bay Connemara Pony Stud
7-1-12 Prarie Connemara Farm
Farm of the Month: If you are interested please send the following information about your farm to email@example.com
Be sure to include one or two photos!!
What you breed (or train) for:
How many resident ponies you have:
Names of one or two notable residents:
One thing you would like people to know about your farm:
Farms will be featured strictly on a first come/ first served basis.