Ocala, FL. Region IV of the ACPS held its annual show on the weekend of November 22 at the Florida Horse Park. Day one of the show was a three phase event, and also individual dressage tests. This was done in conjunction with Partners of the Park who were holding an open horse trial and dressage show at the same time.
Many Connemaras competed in both the dressage tests and the three phase. The top scoring Connemara in the three phase was WH Top Gun, who was second in the Preliminary/Training Division. Piedmont Herman, a Connemara/Percheron cross was third in the Novice Division, while Foothills Field Marshall was fourth in the Training Division.
Kathee Cook riding Shammer Shanachie, Barbie Beckford riding Balmullo’s Swamp Fox, and Kristen Sealey riding Balmullo’s Blue Water Bay all took home blue ribbons in their dressage tests.
On Sunday, the second day of the show, ponies all showed up immaculately groomed for the in-hand classes. First up were the halfbreds. Dunclare, owned by Stephanie Rinehart Keen was first in the mares class, while first in the halfbred geldings went to Black Dog’s Top Dun, owned by Beth Davidson. The halfbred Champion was Dunclare with the reserve going to Top Dun. Dunclare is by *Hearnesbrook Dunoon out of a TB mare. Top Dun in by Top Gun and out of a Trakhener mare.
In the Purebred Division, Oakfields Amber Sparrow was the top gelding, WH Top Gun the top stallion, and Federal Hill Zsu the top mare. The eventual championship went to Top Gun, while the Reserve went to Zsu. Top Gun is sired by the imported stallion, *Gunsmoke, and is out of Ballywhim Candace (by Greystone Dallan McMor). Zsu was sired by Windy Eyles and is out of Cobweb Allison (by Aladdin’s Denver).
After the in hand classes there were a variety of fun classes, obedience, sport horse and pony, pleasure, and trail. A complete report will be in the American Connemara.
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