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ACPS Awards Winners

ribbonCongratulations to the 2018 ACPS Hall of Fame and Connemara of the Year winners! 

Connemara of the Year (Purebred)

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Purebred or Halfbred competitive or non competitive

  • Recognizes a Purebred or Halfbred Connemara that has done something special to attract attention to the breed, either competitively or non competitively, in the past year
  • Chosen by the Leaders of the Awards Subcommittees
  • Pony must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owner must be a member of the ACPS
  • Deadline is August 1, send application to the Over All Awards Chair
 

Connemara of the Year (Halfbred)

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VSH Devine Alexandra  ( AKA Lexie)
(Tullymor's Ned Devine x Missy) 
grey mare, 13 hands
Owner: Susan Dudasik, Salmon, Idaho

Purebred or Halfbred competitive or non competitive

  • Recognizes a Purebred or Halfbred Connemara that has done something special to attract attention to the breed, either competitively or non competitively, in the past year
  • Chosen by the Leaders of the Awards Subcommittees
  • Pony must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owner must be a member of the ACPS
  • Deadline is August 1, send application to the Over All Awards Chair
 

Hall of Fame “An Tostal” Performance

Malarkey copyTrout Ranch Malarkey
14 .1 ½ hand grey stallion (Kingstown Joe x Tower Hill's Killaire {Whitewood Galway Bay})  
Breeder: Linda Haines, Trout Ranch , Northfield NH
Owner: Beth Adams, Stratham NH

Outstanding Purebred Stallion Achievement

  • Donated in Memory of Charlotte Read
  • Awarded in recognition of a career of outstanding achievement, both competitive and noncompetitive, of a purebred Connemara stallion
  • Candidates must be at least age 15 or deceased
  • Ponies must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owners must be members in good standing of the ACPS
  • May be nominated by any ACPS member
  • Deadline July 1
 

Hall of Fame “Tre Awain Halfbred” Performance

Daphne Bigelow for ACPS 17

Cedar's Kiss me Kate
14,2 ½ hand 1996 bay mare 
 (Tre Awain Irish Sweeps x Hillside Elizabeth)
 Breeder: Eileen Berkley , Salina KS
 Owner Nancy Bigelow, Lemont IL

Outstanding Half-Bred Achievement

  • Donated by DJ Moore and Laura Balding
  • Awarded for a career of outstanding achievement, both competitive and noncompetitive, for a halfbred Connemara
  • Candidates must be at least age 15 or deceased
  • Ponies must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owner must be current member of the ACPS
  • May be nominated by any ACPS member
  • Deadline is July 1
 

Hall of Fame “Camlin” Performance

Rubicon SJ2 Ridgetop Cady O'Daly
14.1  grey mare (Aladdin's Denver x Blue Hill's Egan)
Breeder: Marynell Eyles
Owners, Alicia and Emily Daily, Cady O'Daly Farm, Goode VA

Oustanding Purebred Gelding or Mare Achievement

  • Donated by Garnet Irwin of Ireland
  • Awarded in recognition of a career of outstanding achievement of a purebred mare or gelding, demonstrating durability and accomplishment
  • Candidates must be purebred Connemara at least age 15 or deceased
  • Ponies must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owner must be current member of the ACPS
  • May be nominated by any ACPS member
  • Deadline is July 1
 

Hall of Fame Stallion “Tooreen Laddie”

tladMontully Man, 14 hand, 1958 dappled grey stallion
 
 (Tully Lad x Tooreen Pet (Tooreen Laddie) )
 
Breeder: imported from Ireland by Rose Hill Farm,
 
Owner: May Medley, Cedar Bluff, Alabama

Outstanding Stallion Through Offspring

  • Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Harris
  • Awarded to an outstanding stallion which has made a positive influence on the breed through his offspring
  • Candidates must be at least age 15 or deceased
  • Candidate must have produced at least 20 purebred or halfbred foals
  • Ponies must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owners must be current members of the ACPS
  • May be nominated by any ACPS member
  • Deadline July 1
 

Hall of Fame Broodmare


templebreadyTemplebready Ruby
13 hand 1991 bay mare 
(*Ashfield Storm Cloud x Ballinaboy Jonquil)
Breeder: Carole Seigne
Owner: Susan McConnell, Oakfields Farm, Charlottesville, VA

Outstanding Broodmare Through Offspring

  • Donated by Dr Marian Molthan
  • Awarded to an outstanding broodmare which has had a positive influence on the breed through her offspring
  • Candidate must have produced at least 5 purebred or halfbred foals
  • Candidate must be at least age 15 or deceased
  • Ponies must be registered with the ACPS
  • Owners must be current members
  • May be nominated by any ACPS member
  • Deadline July 1
 

Crestwood Service Award

crestwood marilyncheekMarilyn Z. Cheek
Marilyn Cheek of Sycamore Ridge Farm is the deserving winner of the 2018 Crestwood Service Award. As a long-term breeder of purebred and half bred Connemara's, Marilyn has made sure Connemaras have gained recognition in open and Connemara competitions. Marilyn finds and encourages talented junior riders to show the ponies. In doing so, she supports both the young riders and the ponies while bringing along a new generation of Connemara enthusiasts. She is often seen behind the scenes as a volunteer and supporter at Connemara shows and activities. On a national level, Marilyn chairs the ACPS Awards Committee sustaining a diverse program of Connemara recognition and achievement.

Oustanding Member Services

  • Donated by Catherine Mack and Sue Smith in 1987 in memory of Ann Gascoyne
  • Awarded to honor a person's unselfish love, dedication, and long term service on the behalf of the Connemara
  • Must have been a member of the ACPS for 10 years
  • Given to individuals who spend a lot of time and energy promoting the Connemara
  • Recipient selected by August 1 and notified in early August
 

ACPS Achievement Awards

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In-Hand Certificate

BSF Finnigan (Ballywhim An Luan x Bella Fleck) O: Nicola O’Connell

South Ridge Seacht Shenanigans (South Ridge Aidan x Wildwych Clio) O: Kimberley Sterl

Windy Hollow Tamarack (Aluinn Durango x Caraway Gilly) O: Tracy Roettiger

In-Hand Bronze

Braemar Peace (Gentle Cascade x Atlantic Promise) O: Nicola O’Connell

Blue Ridge Monroe (Moxley Duncan x *Hayselden Persephone) O: Jill McNicol

Cool Springs Jagger (Blue Ridge Monroe x Risky Frolic) O: Jill McNicol

Gallo’s Opening Act (Willow’s Art of Kells x Pretty Woman, TB) O: Katie Pinner

Landsdown Promise of Summer (Scottsway Bali Hai x Tre Awain Etain) O: Marilyn Cheek

Trout Ranch Polly Claire (*Smaragaid Cliff x New Song’s Autumn) O: Christine Kelton

In-Hand Silver

Big Bear’s Silver Britches (Canal Clancy x Shammer Gypsy Queen) O: Kristy Menner

S.R. Easter Lily (Greystone Ian McVai x Golden Corridor) O: Petrina Thomas

In-Hand Gold

S.R. Irish Envoy (Greystone Ian McVai x Glenmary Absinthe) O: Marilyn Cheek

In-Hand Award of Excellence

Duet Farms Secrets Revealed (JEF Sir Lancelot x Todays Secret) O: Annie Balotti-Paleen

Tower Hills Breeze (Kilfenora Windy Isles x Tower Hills Kathleen) O: Sally Oxnard

Driving Silver

Cedars Clarrah (JEF Sir Lancelot x Maeve McMor) O: Kay Clements

Western Bronze

Nora Rose (Skyview’s Orion x Sara Sue) O: Shelly Feldner-Schuerman

Hunter Silver

S.R. Ellis Island (S.R. Irish Envoy x Sycamore Ridge Irish Liberty) O: Marilyn Cheek

Hunter Gold

Landsdown Promise of Summer (Scottsway Bali Hai x Tre Awain Etain) O: Marilyn Cheek

Dressage Certificate

Cool Springs Jagger (Blue Ridge Monroe x Risky Frolic) O: Jill McNicol

Four Lochs Perfect Storm (Landgate Bluebeard x *Lean on the Wind) O: Pat Ashworth

Dressage Bronze

Braemar Peace (Gentle Cascade x Atlantic Promise) O: Nicola O’Connell

Piedmont Herman (Balmullo’s Beacon x Ruby) O: Gardner Cook

Dressage Silver

Big Bear’s Silver Britches (Canal Clancy x Shammer Gypsy Queen) O: Kristy Menner

BSF Finnegan (Ballywhim An Luan x Bella Fleck) O: Nicola O’Connell

Labra’s Leannon (*Hayselden Perseus x Laurel) O: Jennifer Garutti

S.R. Irish Envoy (Greystone Ian McVai x Glenmary Absinthe) O: Marilyn Cheek

Talamh Bound (*Smaragaid Cliff x Tartan) O: Tammy Lisi

Dressage Gold

Glendale’s Boot Camp (Rattle ‘N Snap Laddie Boy x Anne Julia) O: Helene DelleChiaie

Dressage Award of Excellence

Brambleridge Capability Brown (Bobby Brown x Wildwych Cricket) O: Georgia Ranson

Big Bear’s Cepheus (Cor de Lux x Big Bear’s Esther) O: Werner Geven

Cobblestone Sandpiper (*Smaragaid Cliff x Four Lochs Perfect Storm) O: Pat Ashworth

Potiquimi Illusion (Castle Beau Geste x Potiquimi Memory) O: Donna Huntsman

Potiquimi Kelly Shay (Lasrachais Blue Oaks Pooka x Potiquimi Taralina) O: Donna Huntsman

Tullymor’s Houdini (Fieldstream’s Riley x Kahlua) O: Tessa Geven

Eventing Certificate

Nora Rose (Skyview’s Orion x Sara Sue) O: Shelly Feldner-Schuerman

S.R. Ellis Island (S.R. Irish Envoy x Sycamore Ridge Irish Liberty) O: Marilyn Cheek

Eventing Bronze

Big Bear’s Cepheus (Cor de Lux x Big Bear’s Esther) O: Werner Geven

Coastal Tranquility (Hillside Robert McDare x Canaela) O: Stella Marsh

Potiquimi Keely Shay (Lasrachais Blue Oaks Pooka x Potiquimi Taralina) O: Donna Huntsman

South Ridge Aileen (South Ridge Duncan’s Honor x Squishbob) O: Kimberley Sterl

Eventing Silver

Elphin Kookaburra (Maplehurst Michael McDaire x Scottsway Lullaby) O: Sally Oxnard

*TBS Declan Pondi (Dexter Leam Pondi x Dandy Sparrow) O: Nancy Buchanan

Tullymor’s Houdini (Fieldstream’s Riley x Kahlua) O: Tessa Geven

Eventing Gold

Indian Summer’s Kaylee (Kerymor Madison x Beacon’s Piper) O: Colette Leber

Jumper Bronze

RR Cool Play (Bentley O’Dea x Corner Oak Penelope) O: Ryder Richardson

Jumper Silver

Cricket Song (Landgate Bluebeard x Bugie) O: Lilianna Giordano

Jumper Award of Excellence

Sparrow’s Owen (Grange Finn Sparrow x Savings Carrie) O: Megan Harris

Non-Competitive Award Winners

Therapeutic Riding/Driving Certificate

*Glenormiston Rossleague (Castle Baron x Glenormiston Rosmara) O: Alyce Wich

Therapeutic Riding/Driving Gold

Crib Glas Mandolin (Bobby Brown x G.G.’s Dove) O: Carolyn McEvitt

Therapeutic Riding/Driving Bronze

Balmullo’s Dundee (Concord River Roaringwater Bay x Oak Hill’s Sweet Ashley) O: Kathleen Nebel

Therapeutic Riding/Driving Award of Excellence

Brambleridge Capability Brown (Bobby Brown x Wildwych Cricket) O: Georgia Ranson

Foxhunting Certificate

Ceili Coral Isles (Kilfenora Windy Isles x Coral Misty Ciara) O: Erin Driscoll

Landsdown Promise of Summer (Scottsway Bali Hai x Tre Awain Etain) O: Marilyn Cheek

Stoney Creek Kittiwake (Erin Terra’s Dream On x Stoney Creek Sandpiper) O: Fiona Cheever

Foxhunting Silver

Cady O’Daly Durango (Tre Awain Goldsmith x Katie) O: Roxanne Wells

*TBS Declan Pondi (Dexter Leam Pondi x Dandy Sparrow) O: Nancy Buchanan

Foxhunting Award of Excellence

Glenmeadow Golden Wish (Kinzighausen Golden Mortimer x Ledgewood Greystone Desiree) O: Kim Harrison

4-H Certificate

Landsdown Promise of Summer (Scottsway Bali Hai x Tre Awain Etain) O: Marilyn Cheek

Pony Club Certificate

Coastal Tanquility (Hillside Robert McDare x Canaela) O: Stella Marsh

Tullymor’s Houdini (Fieldstream’s Riley x Kahlua) O: Tessa Geven

Pony Club Bronze

Elderglen’s Miss Kitty (*Gunsmoke x Foothill’s River Queen) O: Amy Treat

Pony Club Gold

Cybatina Cian O’Cham (*Annilaun Oscar x Concord River Chamois) O: Cynthia Richards

Cybatina Finn O’Cham (*Annilaun Oscar x Concord River Chamois) O: Cynthia Richards

Cybatina Torranach O’Cham (*Annilaun Oscar x Concord River Chamois) O: Cynthia Richards

Multidiscipline Lifetime Cumulative Points at recognized and unrecognized shows

  • To encourage and reward Purebred and Halfbred Connemaras for participating successfully in a variety of disciplines.
  • Certificates of Achievement, Bronze, Silver and Gold Medallions shall be awarded each year to ponies that meet the requirements for excellence in a variety of competitive and non-competitive disciplines.
  • Points in each discipline shall be accumulated over the LIFETIME of the pony, or until it receives the Award of Excellence, the final level in the program.
  • Winners shall be announced on the ACPS website and in the American Connemara Magazine.
  • Pony must be registered with the ACPS.
  • Owner must be a member of the ACPS (Rider may or may not be).
  • Achievement Awards form must be signed by the show secretary at every competition, or a signed dressage test will do. If the scores are published somewhere they can be printed/copied and attached and sent with the application
  • Points must be submitted by December 31 of the year they were earned.
  • Achievement Awards forms are sent to the Achievement Awards Leader.
 

Scholarships

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1) Junior: To recognize Junior Connemara riders and encourage them to pursue continuing educational activities with their Connemaras. Winners of the scholarships shall be awarded $200. Second place shall be awarded $100. All remaining applications which are worthy of Honorable Mention shall receive $25 each. Policies:

  • Applicants shall be current individual or family members of the ACPS.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or under as of January 1st of the application year.
  • The Connemara purebred or halfbred must be registered with the ACPS but does not have to be owned by the rider.
  • The application must include the full registered name and registration number of the horse.
  • If awarded, funds must be used to further the equestrian education of the horse and/or rider.
  • Applications may continue to be made in subsequent years.
 
2) Senior: To recognize adult Connemara riders and encourage them to pursue continuing educational activities with their Connemaras and for the benefit of the ACPS. Winners of the scholarships shall be awarded $200. Second place shall be awarded $100. Policies:
  • Applicants must be current individual or family members of the ACPS.
  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age on January 1st of the application year.
  • The purebred or halfbred Connemara must be registered with the ACPS but does not have to be owned by the rider.
  • The applications must include the full registered name and registration number of the horse.
  • If awarded, funds must be used to further the equestrian education of the horse and/or rider.
  • Applications may continue to be made in subsequent years.
  • Benefit to the ACPS will be considered.
 
3) Debbie Busta Adult Amateur Eventing Award: To recognize Adult Amateur riders of Connemaras who are competing in Eventing. To recognize the spirit of volunteerism in the equestrian world which Deb Busta epitomized. To encourage riders to pursue continuing educational activities with their Connemaras Winners of the scholarship shall be awarded $300. Second place shall be awarded $100. (Annually, Michael Busta, Deb’ s husband, will be given the opportunity to provide matching funds for this Scholarship Award. ) Policies:
  • Applicants must be current individual or family members of the ACPS.
  • Applicants must be at least 19 years of age on January 1st of the application year.
  • The purebred or halfbred Connemara must be registered with the ACPS but does not have to be owned by the rider.
  • The applications must include the full registered name and registration number of the horse.
  • Horse/pony does not have to compete under his full registered name.
  • If awarded, funds must be used to further the equestrian education of the horse and/or rider.
  • Applications may continue to be made in subsequent years.
 

Golden Shamrock

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Sparrow's Owen
2000 Halfbred Connemara Gelding (*Grange Finn Sparrow x Savings Carrie)
Gold Medals: InHand, Eventing, Jumpers, Dressage, Foxhunting

The Golden Shamrock Award goes to the very accomplished and versatile pony who is able to obtain 5 Gold Medals or Awards of Excellence in the ACPS Achievement Award Program: In hand, Dressage, Eventing, Hunter, Jumper, Pony Club, Therapeutic riding, and /or Foxhunting 

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