Five-Star Horses of a Different Breed

APRIL 25, 2019

By Ashley Swift

US Equestrian’s 11 recognized breeds are all stellar ambassadors for the versatility, athleticism, and power of the horse. Each has its own special characteristics, and many of these breeds excel in a multitude of disciplines.

While breeds like the Thoroughbred, Irish Sport Horse, and warmbloods are numerous in the field of competitors at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian, keep your eyes on the lookout for a few horses boasting some different bloodlines in the start box on Saturday.


Congratulations Cathy & Special Delivery!

Congratulations to Cathy Blackmon and her longtime companion Hideaway's Special Delivery who came in second at Ocala Horse Trials II last weekend finishing on their dressage score of 24.9 which is Special as the young man is 24 this year! Amazing!!

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From Jumper Champion to TV Star

A Connemara stallion steals the spotlight during a recent guest appearance on a popular television show


Late last year, Raelin Schenck was ankle-deep in mud at a horse show, miserably debating the best way to retrieve her sodden truck and trailer during a downpour, when she received an unexpected text.

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Land Rover 3 Day Event

The ACPS has been invited back to the Land Rover 3 Day Event on April 25-28, 2019. To quote the organizer "We have changed the demos for this year but the Connemaras fit what we are wanting to showcase in the Walnut Arena." 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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Look Who's Famous!

Gideon is a happy-go-lucky kind of guy, even when he’s asked to do photo shoots in the rain. Kieran Paulsen Photos

Article from The Chronicle of the Horse

Behind The Stall Door With: Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon

Jan 7, 2019

His full name is Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon, but Jessica Jo Tate calls the 10-year-old Connemara gelding “Gideon,”  “Giddy,” “Super Pony” or, on occasions he’s earned it, “Cheeky Pony.”

Gideon (Gun Smoke—Kynynmont Tara, Greystone McErill) has been in Tate’s string for four years. His owner and breeder Pam Lidell originally sent him to Tate with a handful of other horses. Tate, being 5’10”, didn’t expect to ride the 15.2 ½-hand Gideon, but once she did she fell in love, and the two have been a powerful duo ever since...

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Riley Wiltison - Junior Member

Riley and his Connemara pony Willow's Aslan won the ADS North American Preliminary Single Pony Championship over the weekend. This is his first Connemara pony.

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2018 Letter to Juniors

To all ACPS Junior Members,

ACPS is again teaming up with US Equestrian to offer a scholarship program to support the continuing education of Junior Members and their Connemara partners. It is a way for you to add a clinic, a lesson with a professional, or other educational experience that you feel will further your skills and aspirations.

So think about a persuasive paragraph telling us about your special Connemara partner and submit it with the information listed on the application. Share one or two photographs if you would like. Submit to by September 1 with Junior Scholarship in the subject line.

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Kentucky Three Day


The American Connemara Pony Society has accepted an invitation to show off our ponies during the Breed Demonstrations taking place in conjunction with this year’s Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event, April  26-29 in Lexington, Kentucky. 2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of this premier Event and 20 years since being elevated to the only 4* in the country. Attendance numbers in 2017 were 80,000.

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  1. Q&A With a Three-Day Winner - Carol Kozlowski, Part One
  2. 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
  3. Balmullo's Catfish wins Avery Dudasch Memorial Trophy
  4. Hall of Fame Nominations
  5. ACPS Annual Meeting, Fall 2017
  6. Fifinella GCF
  7. Tullymor’s Houdini Gets a New Lease on Life
  8. Connemara/Bavarian Warmblood, "Just What the Doctor Ordered"
  9. Thurman Farm Ponies were Champion & Reserve Champion at Upperville
  10. Two Foals born to Sue Antilla
  11. Region IV Annual Show
  12. Region 1 Summer Newsletter is Now Available!
  13. Please send us your new foal photos!
  14. Two Connemara Ponies Qualify for West Coast USEA Future Event Championships
  15. 2016 Annual Meeting
  16. 6 Connemaras we won't forget in a hurry
  17. One To Watch: Eliza Farren And Bantry Bay's Dublin Want Your Cheers At The Carolina International
  18. Connemaras Shine at Rocking Horse Winter III Horse Trials
  19. New Junior Member to ride Denmark at Anniversary Show
  20. The Seldom Seen Trophy
  21. USEF Horse of the Year (HOTY) banquet
  22. Ridgetop Windy City Receives Multiple Awards
  23. Kynynmont Ponies Receive National Recognition
  24. Jeanne Woodward-Poor & Kier
  25. The Blackmon Girls at the Ocala Horse Properties Fall Horse Trial
  26. American Connemara Magazine Stallion Issue
  27. Glenmeadow Golden Wish & Kim Harrison
  28. Equine Affaire in Springfield, MA
  29. Sir Lancelot daughter places 12th at Pony Finals!
  30. Kynynmont Gunsmoke’s Gideon
  31. 2015 American Eventing Championships Results
  32. ACPS Annual Meeting 2015
  33. This Just in from Horseware Ireland
  34. USDF Region 7 Dressage Results
  35. Region III Holds 29th Annual Show
  36. Breaking News for ACPS Junior Members
  37. Can You Guess?
  38. Purebred Connemara Wins at Dressage
  39. Junior Driver Wins Big
  40. Register Now! 59th Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
  41. Midwest Connemara Breeders' Show and Inspections Held
  42. 49th Annual Region I show Held
  43. Oakfields Farms Takes Home Top Prizes at Warrenton
  44. Hidden Haven Show
  45. New Foals in Canada
  46. Region IV Annual Show
  47. Two New Purebred Fillies Born
  48. Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event
  49. A Horse of a Different Color: Poppyfields Tristan
  50. American Connemara Pony Society Adds Sporthorse Registry
  51. New Foal
  52. All in the Family
  53. First Foal of the Year
  54. Snowy Days
  55. ACPS BOG Meeting and USEF Awards
  56. ACPS St. Patrick's Day Party
  57. American Connemara Magazine
  58. 2014 AGM Minutes
  59. Breeding Event Horses: Future Generations and a Twenty Year Plan
  60. Thanksgiving Horse Trials in Georgia Well Represented
  61. Region IV Annual Show at FL Horse Park
  62. Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD)
  63. McCamey Kimbler Wins 2014 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award
  64. Lee Taylor and Cedar's Padraig Featured
  65. 2014 ACPS Annual Meeting
  66. Melanoma Research Project at UC Davis Needs Samples
  67. 2014 American Eventing Championships Results
  68. A Tale Of One Tough Pony
  69. JEF Sir Lancelot offspring places 12th at US Pony Finals
  70. Who are the Four Leaf Clovers?
  71. Region III 30th Anniversary Show
  72. Four Leaf Clovers Ribbonless at AEC's but Famous Nonetheless!


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