ACPS Annual Meeting 2015

Allentown, PA: The ACPS held its annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allentown on the weekend of October 2-4. On Friday, because of inclement weather, indoor seminars were held instead of the planned outdoor clinics. There was a seminar on use of social media for promoting the breed by Melanie Trimper and Heather Magnan, a very entertaining talk by Mike Keane of Ireland and Florida on showing the young pony, and one on using your body to tell your horse what you want by event rider, Kim Walnes, who rode the legendary Grey Goose in Europe and the USA, earning the bronze medal at the World 3-Day Event Championships in Luhmuhlan, Germany, and winning the Rolex 3-Day Event in 1982.

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USDF Region 7 Dressage Results

Charlotte Greatwood, won Reserve Champion in the USDF Region 7 Championships in JR/YR Training Level Division on her halfbred Connemara/Trakhener mare Black Dog's Top of the Morning(Mia) on 9/19/15; and also got 5th place in the same Division on her halfbred Connie/Welsh mare 13h pony Gateway Night Light(Tinkerbelle). Their standings in California Dressage Society Horse of the Year were 4th on Mia and 7th on Tinkerbelle in the JR/YR Training Division.

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Region III Holds 29th Annual Show

Aluinn Dixie Gold and Catherine Mack

Lexington, VA:  On the weekend of August 22, Region III of the ACPS held its 29th annual show.  For most of those 29 years the show was held at Glenwood Park  in Middleburg, Va,  but for the past three years it has been at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, a venue that has received rave reviews. The weather, as in the past two years, was beautiful.  There were the usual in hand and performance classes for Connemaras and Mountain and Moorland Ponies, as well as a trail class that took place at the highest point of the horse center, offering beautiful views in addition to a variety of natural and unnatural obstacles to navigate.  There was also a costume class, games classes, and for the third year in a row, the 6-membered Balmullo Farm Quadrille doing their dressage test.

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Breaking News for ACPS Junior Members

The ACPS Junior Scholarship Committee has just gotten word that our ACPS Junior Scholarships will be greatly enhanced by a grant from USEF! This is exciting news and allows us to increase both the number of scholarships offered and the monetary amounts. The committee has agreed to extend the deadline for applications untilSeptember 15, 2015.

Here’s what you have to do:

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Can You Guess?

Lexington, VA: This photo is Kim Harrison and her pony in the costume class at the Region III Connemara show this weekend.

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Junior Driver Wins Big

Cazenovia, NY:  Rebecca Shields and DryBrook Bailey's Irish Cream, known as "Bailey", recently took the Youth Driving Championship at the prestigious Lorenzo Driving Competition, a two day driving competition with a 39 year history, which was held in July in Cazenovia.

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Midwest Connemara Breeders' Show and Inspections Held

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.

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49th Annual Region I show Held

Woodstock, VT:  Also on the weekend of July 18, Region 1 of the ACPS held their annual show, their 49th! Deborah Howell of Middleburg VA judged the show in rain and shine. The in hand division was sizeable with two big mare classes. In hand Champion was Wintervale Mayblossom (Morning Glory's Ilyushin X Wintervale Calliope [by Chiltern Colm]), owned and shown by Caroline Nesbitt. Young Stock Champion was Dry Brooks Winifred (Bailey's Irish Dream X Lasrachai's Blue Oaks Dunlaith [by Lasrachi]), owned and shown by Emily Shields.

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