Breyerfest Interview with VBF WH Topgun

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Ireland’s only native breed, the Connemara Pony was developed from hardy stock that had to not only survive, but thrive in Western Ireland’s harsh terrain. These intelligent ponies are compact without bulk, have a long stride for their height, and a natural jumping ability that has earned them a place in hunter, jumper, and eventing competitions.

One such example is the 2004 Connemara stallion, W.H. Topgun. A striking buckskin, he competed in eventing at the Preliminary level with his then-trainer Elliott Blackmon in the saddle for owners Jim & Nancy Kilcrease. Currently focusing on dressage, Topgun is also siring future athletes and passing along his friendly disposition and work ethic to the next generation.

In addition to being the American Connemara Pony Society’s (ACPS) Region IV Champion several times, Topgun has also been the ACPS Purebred Connemara of the Year, and received the US Equestrian Federation’s Horse of the Year Award in the Eventing Connemara division!

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USEF COVID-19 Good Practices

As States start opening, we are wondering what will become of this riding and competing season. Yesterday, US Equestrian / USEF hosted an online meeting containing information and answering questions about what to expect at competitions. The meeting contains all aspects of good practices, even working around our barns. Everyone’s safety is a high priority, with that in mind to be successful we must follow all guidelines. A replay of yesterday’s meeting is available on USEF’s site. Please see the below Webinar link to watch.

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Did You Remember to Renew?

While we have this quiet period, PLEASE take advantage and check to see if you have renewed your ACPS membership. If you did, you should have received a 2020 membership card by email (it’s possible very recent renewals might not). And thanks!

If you have not renewed, click on the Membership link and follow the directions for either renewing online (recommended) or you can print out a form and mail it in. If you aren’t sure of your status, send me an email at

We mailed out the March-April magazine to everyone including last year’s members, but we have to start whittling the list with the May-June issue, so please don’t delay. Meanwhile, stay safe!

Suzanne Phelps
Membership Secretary

2020 ACPS Inspection Sites

Region 3

July 26-27, 2020
In conjunction with the Region 3 Show. Details to be announced.

Region 4

Oct 11-12, 2020
Georgia, Big Bear Farm
In conjunction with the Region 4 Show. Details to be announced.

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Land Rover 3 Day Event Application

The ACPS anticipates being invited back to the Land Rover 3 Day Event on April 23-26, 2020.  In preparation for this, we would like to start getting together the group to attend. If you are interested in attending please submit a description of the experiences that would make you and your pony a good ambassador for our breed.

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Kynynmont Gunsmoke's Gideon

Kynynmont Gunsmoke's Gideon ridden by JJ Tate competing at Grand Prix at Dressage at Devon September of 2019

Sky Miles Gets Her Swan Song At U.S. Pony Jumper National Championships

Lexington, Ky.—Aug. 10

After eight years of competing at USEF Pony Finals, Sky Miles is ending her career with a bang.

She didn’t touch a fence all weekend across four rounds of the U.S. Pony Jumper National Championship with Hallie Rush to earn individual gold today in her last competition before retiring to be bred.

There was a four-way tie for silver in tonight’s individual final, and in the end, overnight leader Devi Ferreira and Silver Charm took home that medal after a rail down in the first round. Her winning Zone 10 teammate Tabitha Okitsu and Spoot De La Jourlais took bronze.

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