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ACPS Region 9 Clinic on Connemara Type, Conformation and Movement

conformation shot
Sarah stands back to assess the overall im- pression the pony gives. Does it LOOK like a Connemara?

Sept. 18, 2021
Report on Results
By Tracy Garland, Regional Governor Region IX

Sarah McRae Thrasher, ACPS Inspector, member of ACPS BOG and Connemara breeder since 1982, shared her expertise in a lecture with hands-on demonstrations and group activities. Participants were able to apply their learning by jointly examining each of the ten participant ponies.

Written materials explaining the Breed Standard and the ACPS Inspection Program and Process were provided as  take-home study material and for reference.

Large distances separate members of ACPS Region 9 making in-person pony gatherings a challenge. A high quality education program held on September 18, 2021, at centrally located Elk Haven Equestrian Center, with a low entry fee, encouraged 10 registrants to haul their ponies to attend the 2021 ACPS-spon-
sored Clinic on Connemara Type, Conformation and Movement.

The Event was a success.

map and photo of Sarah

Sarah McRae Thrasher, ACPS Inspector, member of ACPS BOG and Connemara breeder since 1982, shared her expertise in a lecture with hands-on demonstrations and group activities. Participants were able to apply their learning by jointly examining each of the ten participant ponies.

Written materials explaining the Breed Standard and the ACPS Inspection Program and Process were provided as  take-home study material and for reference.

Photos from Region 9 Clinic

conformation shot
Sarah shows how to determine if a pony is tight in the elbow - the gap between the point of the elbow and the barrel of the pony should allow your hand to be placed freely.
free elbow demo conformation
Sarah demonstrates how free shoulder and elbow allows this pony to reach with suppleness and freedom.
conformation shot
Sarah stands back to assess the overall im- pression the pony gives. Does it LOOK like a Connemara?
conformation shot
One of the clinic subjects posing well and showing good overall balance.
Sarah explains the importance of the cannon bone coming straight out of the well shaped knee.
assessing conformation
Sarah finds the pony’s point of hip, and then feels for the L.S. joint to determine the alignment of the joint. It should ideal- ly be located on a line between the points of the hips.

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Feedback was collected. Sarah’s materials, the format and the venue received uniformly high marks. Many commented that the material covered would be useful for every horse owner. Participants experienced this event as a catalyst for future gatherings. In addition to learning from Sarah, they appreciated meeting each other in person and enjoyed the excellent facilities and amenities offered by Elk Haven Equestrian Center.

We learned that it is possible to overcome the distance barrier in Region 9, that it is fun and energizing to get together, and that Sarah is a great teacher! We now have a set of materials and format that can be used at future ACPS educational offerings. The content has appeal to horse (pony) owners at large in addition to Connemara Pony enthusiasts.

ACPS Foundation support was critical to enabling Region 9 to offer this program.

Participants

participants in clinic
Left to right: Sarah McRae Thrasher, Heide Andersen, Ginni Erion, Shelley Feld- ner-Schuerman, Tarrah Baker, McKenzie Bomber, Heidi Finley, Mikayla Campbell, Ken Campbell, Tracy Garland. Missing: Janiine Babcock, Brickelle Miller

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