ProElite Tryon CDE Marathon Competition at TIEC Sets Up ADSPreliminary & Intermediate North American Championships Finale

Alice Baughman and Captain Jack Sparro ©Pics Of You

Published with permission from Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort

Mill Spring, NC

The inaugural ProElite Tryon CDE hosted at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) at Tryon Resort showcased Marathon competition on the White Oak Cross-Country Course Saturday, where the Marathon portion of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 were also held. Thirty-four competitors over 18 classes challenged the hazards, including participants in the ADS Preliminary & Intermediate North American Championships taking place in conjunction with USEF Advanced divisions. The ProElite Tryon CDE is closed to spectators due to COVID-19 protocols. However, live scoring and competition information are available at

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From The Capitol Steps To Counting His Strides, Ryder Richardson Is Going Places

Written for The Chronicle of the Horse by Martha Drum

Ryder Richardson was already in Kentucky with his pony, RR Cool Play, when the USEF Pony Finals was canceled. The 14-year-old, who made his Pony Finals debut in 2018 with the support of a Gochman Grant, doesn’t have much of a budget for showing, so it might have been understandable if he’d spent a couple of days in mourning.

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Declan Just Gets It

Written for Covertside by Josh Walker

Megan Harris’s Connemara stallion has hunted like a pony with an old soul his entire life.

Some horses just get it. Many foxhunters can think of a special mare or gelding who took to the hunt field like they were born to do it. But what about a stallion? You might call that kind of magical mount a unicorn. Whatever you call it, *TBS Declan Pondi (“Declan” for short) is one of those.

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2020 AGM/BOG Meeting Postponed

Regretfully, but for the safety of our members, the ACPS has decided to postpone the Annual Meeting. The new dates are September 23-26, 2021.

Please make a note of the change. The meeting will be better than ever in Lexington, KY! The BOG will still meet via a virtual call so that the business of the ACPS can continue smoothly. Details will be forthcoming. Stay safe everyone and hydrate if you are experiencing this heatwave!

UPDATE: It has been decided that the 2020 ACPS Hall of Fame Awards will not be awarded in 2020. The Awards will resume in 2021 with great enthusiasm and expectation. Please familiarize yourself with the Hall of Fame, Connemara of the Year, Halfbred Connemara of the Year award criteria and nomination process. You can also review past winners of each award. It would be wonderful to have many ponies nominated for the 2021 award year and make next year's Annual Meeting and Awards gala the BEST ever.

Hope Votes

Hope is a nineteen-year-old pony who’s full name is Concord River Rachel’s Hope. She was the last pony bred by Rachel Page Elliot out of Concord River Kaleigh, a daughter of Lynfields Proud Hope, who was, in turn, the daughter of Texas Hope. Pagey chose Dobh Macduff to be the sire. It doesn’t take many generations back in either pedigree to arrive at ponies who were born at the time suffragists were working in both England and the United States to secure constitutional rights to vote, something both Hope and Susan B. Anthony insist they should have been granted without the need for a constitutional amendment.

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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

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  5. Connemaras Crowned Champions in Area III
  6. Region 3 Prizelist Posted
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  8. New York State Breeders Show
  9. Weekend Winners: Jersey, Spokane, Texas Rose, Galway, Winona, Plantation, WindRidge, Mill Creek, Woodland Stallion Station
  10. What Did They Say? Riders Talk #LRK3DE Cross-Country
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  12. Land Rover Ponies
  13. Congratulations Cathy & Special Delivery!
  14. From Jumper Champion to TV Star
  15. Land Rover 3 Day Event
  16. Look Who's Famous!
  17. Riley Wiltison - Junior Member
  18. 2018 Letter to Juniors
  19. Kentucky Three Day
  20. Become a FREE US Equestrian Fan Member & Join the Lettering Program!
  21. Congratulations to Black Dog's Top of the Morning & Charlotte
  22. Q&A With a Three-Day Winner - Carol Kozlowski, Part One
  23. Correction: Tabitha Okitsu and Spoot De La Jourlais Sweep Three Phases to Earn Individual Gold in USEF National Pony Jumper Championship at 2017 USEF Pony Finals Presented by Collecting Gaits Farm
  24. Balmullo's Catfish wins Avery Dudasch Memorial Trophy
  25. Hall of Fame Nominations
  26. ACPS Annual Meeting, Fall 2017
  27. Fifinella GCF
  28. Tullymor’s Houdini Gets a New Lease on Life
  29. Connemara/Bavarian Warmblood, "Just What the Doctor Ordered"
  30. Thurman Farm Ponies were Champion & Reserve Champion at Upperville
  31. Two Foals born to Sue Antilla
  32. Region IV Annual Show
  33. Region 1 Summer Newsletter is Now Available!
  34. Please send us your new foal photos!
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  36. 2016 Annual Meeting
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  38. One To Watch: Eliza Farren And Bantry Bay's Dublin Want Your Cheers At The Carolina International
  39. Connemaras Shine at Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials
  40. New Junior Member to ride Denmark at Anniversary Show
  41. The Seldom Seen Trophy
  42. USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) banquet
  43. Ridgetop Windy City Receives Multiple Awards
  44. Kynynmont Ponies Receive National Recognition
  45. Jeanne Woodward-Poor & Kier
  46. The Blackmon Girls at the Ocala Horse Properties Fall Horse Trial
  47. American Connemara Magazine Stallion Issue
  48. Glenmeadow Golden Wish & Kim Harrison
  49. Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA
  50. Sir Lancelot daughter places 12th at Pony Finals!
  51. Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon
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  54. This Just in from Horseware Ireland
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  56. Region III Holds 29th Annual Show
  57. Breaking News for ACPS Junior Members
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  61. Register Now! 59th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
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  63. 49th Annual Region I show Held
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  66. New Foals in Canada
  67. Region IV Annual Show
  68. Two New Purebred Fillies Born
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  78. American Connemara Magazine
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  80. Breeding Event Horses: Future Generations and a Twenty Year Plan
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