Lexington, KY: On the weekend of January 16, 2016, the ACPS Board of Governors held its semiannual meeting. This January gathering is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the USEF. Besides attending seminars offered by the USEF, many business matters were tackled and much accomplished. Details of registering equines with the new Connemara Sport Horse Registry were discussed and many things ironed out. Specifically it was pointed out that any foal with any amount of Connemara blood needs to be tested for HWSD unless both parents are known to be N/N. Susan McConnell reported that as the ICCPS/CPBS voted to register blue-eyed cream stallions, they may now be registered with the ACPS. This was previously prohibited, even though blue-eyed cream geldings and mares could be registered. And Cathy Blackmon reported that the finances of the organization are sound.
The highlight of the meeting, however, was the annual USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) banquet. Many Connemara owners, breeders, and riders were on hand to receive their awards, while many more ACPS members were there to cheer them on. Marynell Eyles accepted the Joan R McKenna Memorial for Sue Jellum, breeder of Rochambeau. The McKenna Trophy is given to highest scoring Connemara in Combined Training. The award for High Score Connemara Ridden by a Junior Rider in USDF competition went to adorable Macenna Sylvia who rides Kynynmont Laney. Karen McIntyre drove in from Virginia to pick up the award for the Purebred Connemara competing in dressage, her Ridgetop Windy City, while Petrina Thomas was there to receive the award for the Half-bred Connemara Hunter, Sycamore Ridge Easter Lily. Nancy Kilcrease accepted the award for the Half-bred Connemara in Eventing, Black Dog’s Top of the Morning, who was sired by her Connemara stallion, WH Top Gun, and Darian Hall flew in from California to receive the Purebred Connemara Hunter award which went to Lishmar Misty. Misty was also the Champion Purebred Connemara mare shown in-hand, while Susan McConnell’s Oakfields Copper Sparrow was the Champion Purebred Connemara Stallion or Gelding shown in-hand.
Other awards whose recipients could not be present were announced and they will be noted in the American Connemara. Likewise, the minutes and a complete report of the meeting will be in the next issue of the American Connemara.