Region IV Annual Show

Cleveland, TN: Region IV of the ACPS held its annual show the weekend of June 5 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tennessee. The show was held in conjunction with the Smokey Mountain Horse Show Series and offered a large variety of hunter, jumper, dressage, combined training, trail, and driving in addition to the Connemara and Mountain and Moorland in-hand Classes. People came from all over the region as well as the Midwest with ponies in tow. And with so many classes for ponies of all ages and all levels of training it was a very fun show. It was a rare pony who went home without some accolade.

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Two New Purebred Fillies Born

Exeter, NH and Richmond, VA:  For much of the life of the American Connemara Pony Society some 100 foals were registered annually. However, for the last several years very few Connemara purebreds were born in the United States due, at least partly, to poor economic conditions. The numbers of purebred foals born is now slowly increasing, with two being born last week on the same day. Hopefully the numbers will be back in the 100’s before too long. Sally Oxnard of Paradox Connemara Farm in Exeter announces that the first Paradox filly in 4 years was born on 4/22. Paradox Cadence is by Aluinn Durango (Aladdin’s Denver X *Patty’s Meredith) out of Macbradaigh's Irish Whistle (Maplehurst Michael Macdaire X Elphin Kookaburra). She was delivered at TNT Equine Clinic in due to a placental infection in the mare. Sally says, however, that all is well now and that she thinks the filly is black like her grandsire, Aladdin's Denver.

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Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

Sparrows Nio

Lexington, KY:  All Connemara eyes will be on Lexington next weekend for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event.  Sparrows’s Nio, a half Connemara by the legendary Grange FinnSparrow and ridden by Allie Blyksal- Sackson, will be competing at eventing’s highest level against 90 other riders including defending champion William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II of England. The field includes riders from nine countries including Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Sweden, The Netherlands and USA.

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A Horse of a Different Color: Poppyfields Tristan

by Sally Spickard, via EventingNation

"A Horse of a Different Color" features horses and ponies that have been successful in the sport of eventing while representing a unique breed. Do you have a horse that you think would be a great feature subject? If so, email

Katharine Stancliff and Poppyfields Tristan at FENCE. Photo courtesy of Nathan Stancliff. Katharine Stancliff and Poppyfields Tristan at FENCE. Photo courtesy of Nathan Stancliff. 

After years of riding lesson horses, Katharine Stancliff found herself frustrated with the lack of progress her riding was making. Living in Illinois at the time, Katharine decided that the time had come for her to have a horse of her own, so she mentioned the idea to her trainer.

As luck would have it, Katharine’s trainer had a new sales project that had just arrived. He was a 15.3, 8-year-old buckskin Connemara/Trakehner cross named Poppyfields Tristan with long lines of endurance blood coursing through his veins.

“I didn’t look at any other horses. I sat on him, and that was it,” Katharine recalled. “He’d just been a trail horse before, but he’d gone cross country schooling once and seemed to love it.”

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American Connemara Pony Society Adds Sporthorse Registry

by Beth Davidson, via EventingNation

Megan-and-Trudy-640x640The ¼ Connemara filly, Brambleridge Truth or Dare, at a recognized USEA FEH event in Georgia. Trudy is by the Thoroughbred stallion, Salute the Truth and out of a Halfbred mare by Grange Finn Sparrow.

There have been some recent changes at the American Connemara Pony Society. In addition to registering purebred Connemara ponies and half-bred Connemaras, the society has created a Connemara Sporthorse Registry.

For breeders concentrating on eventing and using Connemaras, half-bred Connemaras and part-bred Connemaras in their breeding programs, this development is fantastic news! Two years in the making, this registry was developed by the ACPS as a means to recognize the importance of the part bred or ¼ Connemara horses.

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New Foal

Plant City, Fl: Beth Davidson has announced the arrival of a half bred filly, Skye, by the TB stallion Artrageous. Happy mom is Loughin's Leighseach (Tre Awain Cavan O'Connor X Heaven’s Ridge Treasa ) This filly is a keeper for Beth’s daughter, who always wanted a filly by "her" pony and by a TB stallion.


Loughin's Leighseach (Tre Awain Cavan O'Connor) had her first half-bred for foal #5!  Welcome to Skye, by the Thoroughbred stallion, Artrageous. Super happy with this friendly baby!

All in the Family

Ocala, FL: Eliott Blackman has what is surely one of the most fun jobs in the Connemara world!! She trains and rides not one, but two, Connemaras stallions. Both were sired by the imported stallion, *Gunsmoke. WH Top Gun is out of Ballywhim Candace (by Greystone Dallen McMor) and is owned by Jim and Nancy Kilcrease. Foothill’s Field Marshall aka Bruiser is out of Foothill’s Maybee (by Aladdin). He is owned by Donna Duckworth. Eliott has been eventing both stallions for over three years now, and has taken both to the USEF eventing championships for the last two years. It is a rare weekend when either one or the other does not bring home a blue ribbon.

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First Foal of the Year

Browns Valley, CA:  The first foal of the year to be reported was born in California last week.  The mare, Redbud’s Titania (*ArdCeltic Art X *Glenormiston Amelia), was bred to the Holsteiner, Ciceras Icewater, and produced a chestnut colt.

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Snowy Days

The worst of the snow seems to be over, at least for those not used to having snow.  The ponies all did well, we are very glad to say.  In fact, it was noted that they would probably rather have the zero degrees and snow, than the heat and flies of summer.  Not so their owners, I don’t think.  Below are a variety of ponies enjoying the snowy days.

ACPS BOG Meeting and USEF Awards

Alex Dawson and Kynynmont Shenanigans

HOTY2015-1The ACPS Board of GovernorsLexington, KY   The ACPS held its semi-annual Board of Governors meeting on January 15 and 16, in conjunction with the USEF annual meeting.  One of the highlights was the Horse of the Year banquet where the USEF Connemara of the year and other national awards are given out.  Pictured are all the hard-working officers who attended the meeting, and those who attended the HOTY banquet.  Also pictured are Sue Jellum and Rochambeau (Aladdin's Denver x Ms. Hawkeye [TB]), who won the McKenna Award which goes to the highest placing Connemara in USEF eventing at the Preliminary level or above; Alex Dawson and Kynynmont Shenanigans (Kynynmont Dublin X Greystone Adirondack Roseanna), the first recipients of the Seldom Seen Award for the high point Connemara ridden by a Junior at USEF dressage; and Lisa and Randy Reese accepting the award for Sparrows Nio (Grange Finn Sparrow X TB) who won the Advanced Level Eventing award.

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ACPS St. Patrick's Day Party

Berryville, VA:  On March 15, Region III of the ACPS held their St. Patrick’s Day party at Glendale Farm, home of Deb and David Norman.  A scrumptious pot luck lunch that left everyone’s breeches popping was served, after which there was a region meeting and a visit to Deb’s two stallions.

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