St. Louis, MO: The annual Midwest Connemara Breeders’ show was held the weekend of July 18 at the National Equestrian Center just outside of St. Louis. On Saturday, in-hand classes, as well as dressage and hunter-jumper classes were held, while on Sunday, there were driving and trail classes, followed by Connemara Inspections. Sarah Jane Martin of Montgomery, TX was the in-hand judge.
In the half-bred division, Morning Glory’s Waterfall took home the championship. She is by Morning Glory’s Ilyushin (by Fiddler’s Sparrow MacDaire) and was shown by Katherine Kent. Purebred Grand Champion was Seafield Ruby, a two-year old mare from Ireland owned by Michael Keane, who drove from Florida with three ponies. Ruby is by the champion jumper, Banks Timber. Reserve Champion was also one of the Keanes’, Seafield Dangon Nora, a yearling filly by Young Walt. Nora is also an Irish import. Winner of the older geldings class was Peter Pan (Loughmor Aran X Tre Awain Cashela Bay) who later was awarded the Reserve Champion Performance Award. In the older mares class, two ponies by The Quietman owned by Martin Fitzgerald, took first and second place. Martin and The Quietman are both from Ireland , as is Michael Keane and his three ponies, making it an altogether great day for the Irish! However, the Champion Performance pony was the American-bred pony, Woodchuck Ridge Cold Thunder, by Rosemont’s Irish Abbey.
After the classes were completed on Saturday, a banquet was held to honor D.J. Moore on the occasion of her 94th birthday. D.J. Moore was one of the first importers of Connemara ponies in the United States, and for years Tre Awain Farm in Missouri, owned jointly by D.J. and her daughter, Laura Balding, was one of the largest Connemara Farms in the U.S.
On Sunday, Connemara Inspections were held. Donna Duckworth, Marian McEvily, and Sara McCrae Thrasher were the Inspectors. Thirteen ponies came forward. Two received Premium status: the stallion Folklore James McNicholas owned by Gloria LaCroix and the mare, Big Bear’s Aura Lee, owned by Randy and Lisa Reese who came from Alabama with three ponies to be inspected. Ten others were also approved. After each pony was inspected a critique was given on the pony’s good and bad points by the Chief Inspector, Sara Thrasher, fulfilling one of the Inspection Committee’s goals which is to be educational.
Champion In Hand, Seafield Ruby and reserve, Seafield Dangon Nora receive their awards from Deb Norman, ACPS President.
Judge Sarah Martin looks over the Championship class
Tre Awain Peter Pan
Morning Glory's Waterfall
One of the ponies gets her bone measured by inspector Sara Thrasher
Sara Thrasher and Marian McEvily inspecting one of the presented ponies.