6 Connemaras we won't forget in a hurry

Horse & Hound: The Connemara’s natural habitat is the almost lunar landscape of Ireland’s rugged west coast, but the breed’s origins are somewhat hazy. A legend relates that Spanish horses from the Armada that sank off the coast landed and bred with the indigenous wild ponies. This seems somewhat romantic, but you only have to look at the Connemara to see its quality. This refined beauty has not escaped the aficionados of M&M showing, to which the Connemara’s track record attests...

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One To Watch: Eliza Farren And Bantry Bay's Dublin Want Your Cheers At The Carolina International

The Chronicle of the HorseWhen you see Eliza Farren and Bantry Bay’s Dublin gallop by on cross-country this weekend at the Cloud 11-Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CIC*** (N.C.), make sure to give them a loud cheer.

Farren and her Connemara-Thoroughbred cross will be tackling Ian Stark’s track on their way to the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, and “Dublin” thrives on the atmosphere of big events....

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Connemaras Shine at Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials

Altoona, Florida: Five Connemaras strutted their stuff at the Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials last weekend, competing against a large field of riders from all over the USA enjoying the sunny Florida winter weather. As Cathy Blackmon says, “we are extremely proud of  all of the ponies’ heart, effort, talent and results. Proves these ponies can do it all!” 

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The Seldom Seen Trophy

Elkton, MD: The Seldom Seen Trophy is presented annually at the USEF’s award dinner to the highest placed purebred or halfbred Connemara ridden by a junior in USEF Dressage competition. This year it went to 11 year old Macenna Sylvia and Kynynmont Laney. It was the second year in a row that a Kynynmont pony had won the award. The award is named after Seldom Seen, Lendon Grey’s fabulous halfbred Connemara who set records in the Dressage arena, setting new standards for other Connemara owners and competitors to aspire to achieve.

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USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) banquet

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.

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Ridgetop Windy City Receives Multiple Awards

Gainesville, VA:  Karen McIntyre Welch Has sent the following: “Windy (Ridgetop Windy City) has had a great year! He was 2015 USDF All Breeds Award Champion Training level Adult Amateur, 2015 USDF All Breeds Award Reserve Champion Training Level Open, 2015 USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) Purebred Connemara Dressage Champion (Training and First Levels), 2015 Virginia Dressage Association top ten Training Level AA (and possibly First Level AA -still awaiting final results on this! should know in February).

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Kynynmont Ponies Receive National Recognition

Conestoga, PA:  Pam Liddell has sent the following report.  “I am excited to report that Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon has been accepted to participate in this year’s USDF Trainers’ Conference, which is held each winter in Wellington, Florida.  This is such a great opportunity for Gideon to be seen by trainers who come in from all over the country to attend this conference.  This year’s conference will be held on January 18-19, 2016, and features Johann Hinnemann, presenter.

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Jeanne Woodward-Poor & Kier

Last July, I bought a 4 year old half Connemara pony named Kier (Trout Ranch Malarky X Gisborne Reserve) after retiring my 19 year old TB/Han dressage companion. I am planning to continue my dressage education by training him up through the levels. My previous horse had come through Third level but needed a less stressful job. This past summer was my first year competing Kier so I am sure you can imagine my surprise when a friend sent me to New England Dressage Association’s year end awards site.

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The Blackmon Girls at the Ocala Horse Properties Fall Horse Trial

Ocala, Fl: Cathy Blackmon’s vet, Kirsten Tilloston, did a write up of the boys (WH Top Gun, Foothills Field Marshall, and Hideaway’s Special Delivery) on her website. The “boys” are a family affair of sorts with Top Gun and Field Marshall being ridden by Elliott Blackmon and Special being ridden by Mom, Cathy Blackmon. Here is what Kirsten had to say:

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  2. Glenmeadow Golden Wish & Kim Harrison
  3. Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA
  4. Sir Lancelot daughter places 12th at Pony Finals!
  5. Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon
  6. 2015 American Eventing Championships Results
  7. ACPS Annual Meeting 2015
  8. This Just in from Horseware Ireland
  9. USDF Region 7 Dressage Results
  10. Region III Holds 29th Annual Show
  11. Breaking News for ACPS Junior Members
  12. Can You Guess?
  13. Purebred Connemara Wins at Dressage
  14. Junior Driver Wins Big
  15. Register Now! 59th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
  16. Midwest Connemara Breeders' Show and Inspections Held
  17. 49th Annual Region I show Held
  18. Oakfields Farms Takes Home Top Prizes at Warrenton
  19. Hidden Haven Show
  20. New Foals in Canada
  21. Region IV Annual Show
  22. Region 1 Field Day
  23. Two New Purebred Fillies Born
  24. Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
  25. A Horse of a Different Color: Poppyfields Tristan
  26. American Connemara Pony Society Adds Sporthorse Registry
  27. New Foal
  28. All in the Family
  29. First Foal of the Year
  30. ACPS St. Patrick's Day Party
  31. Snowy Days
  32. ACPS BOG Meeting and USEF Awards
  33. American Connemara Magazine
  34. 2014 AGM Minutes
  35. Breeding Event Horses: Future Generations and a Twenty Year Plan
  36. Thanksgiving Horse Trials in Georgia Well Represented
  37. Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD)
  38. Region IV Annual Show at FL Horse Park
  39. McCamey Kimbler Wins 2014 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award
  40. Lee Taylor and Cedar's Padraig Featured
  41. 2014 American Eventing Championships Results
  42. 2014 ACPS Annual Meeting
  43. Melanoma Research Project at UC Davis Needs Samples

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