2016 ACPS Awards Winners

ribbonCongratulations to the 2016 ACPS Hall of Fame and Connemara of the Year winners! 

Connemara of the Year (Purebred)

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Cobblestone Ivy (MGRM Brigadoon x Loughin's Island Mist) 2004 14 1/2 hand Bay Mare Owned by Julie Webster Richardson, Ridden by Coralee Richardson

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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Smoke and Mirrors(aka Zaboomafoo)
( *Gunsmoke x TB) 2007 Gelding Owned and ridden by Anna Stein

 

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

lancelot2JEF Sir Lancelot 14.3 Black (Tre Awain Dobh McDuff x Mack's Greystone Erin's Pride) Owned by Patty and Bob Stalder

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 16 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

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Sparrow's Owen ( *Grange Finn Sparrow x Savings Carrie) Owned and ridden by Megan Harris

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 16 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

jakeShammer Jake 14.3 Grey (*Ballinaboy Eamonn x *Grange Diedre Sparrow) Bred by Tir N'Og Farm, Owned by Sandra Hathaway

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 16 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”

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* Canal Laurinston( *Callowfeenish Martin x *Village Laura) 1990 14.3 1/2 grey. Owned by Joan Webster, Napa CA

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 over the age of 25 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

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Stoneybrook Irish Creme 1992 BEC 14.2 3/4(*Grange Finn Sparrow x Balius Golden Piper) Owned by Joan Webster and Chris Carey

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 over the age of 20 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

gloriaGloria LaCroix

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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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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Windy Hollow Lilia, 1996 bay M (Seaborne's Flagship x HH Greystone Irish) Bred by marianne Alexander, owned by Dr. Amy Plavin, shown by Katherine Short. Gold medals in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Eventing and Pony Club

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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