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.

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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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Oakfields Farms Takes Home Top Prizes at Warrenton

Warrenton, VA: Just three weeks after winning the major awards at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, Oakfields Farms took home the top prizes in Virginia’s second A-rated show of the Summer, The Warrenton Pony Show. Oakfields Peridot (*Hearnesbrook Dunoon X *Templebready Ruby) with rider, Jennifer Daly, took the Championship while the Reserve went to Oakfields Jameson (*Hearnesbrook Dunoon X *Castle Janet ) and Chanda Boylen. Also much admired was Thurman Sienna (Rattle-n-Snap- Laddie Boy X Thurman Raven)  who was the winner of the Older Mares Class. 

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Hidden Haven Show

Richmond, VA:  At the Hidden Haven show on June 14 at Pole Green Park in Richmond, two offspring of Concord River Roaringwater Bay (Whitewood Galway Bay X Lynnfield’s Proud Hope) did themselves proud.  Balmullo’s Liffey Lad (Roaringwater Bay X Balmullo’s Miss Emma) was the champion of the short stirrup equitation division, and reserve champion short stirrup hunter.  He was ridden by Alyssa Parker.  His half sister Balmullo’s Uproar, (Roaringwater Bay X Wildwych Clio) was the champion of the Maiden Hunter Division.  She was ridden by Lulu Malinowski.  Roaringwater Bay has produced several nice hunter ponies, most notably Ooh La La (registered name, Balmullo’s Azalea [Custusha’s Cashel Rock X Courtney’s April Frolic]), who was tenth at the Pony finals in 2007.

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New Foals in Canada

Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada: Lots of new foals have appeared lately but this photo from Janet Rowe of Muskoka Lakes Connemaras is surely the most endearing. It is the colt foal of MLC Irish Solstice by Morning Glory’s Ilyushin. It was taken when he was one day old. Janet MAY take the prize for the most foals this year in North America with 4. 

Region IV Annual Show

Cleveland, TN: Region IV of the ACPS held its annual show the weekend of June 5 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center in Cleveland, Tennessee. The show was held in conjunction with the Smokey Mountain Horse Show Series and offered a large variety of hunter, jumper, dressage, combined training, trail, and driving in addition to the Connemara and Mountain and Moorland in-hand Classes. People came from all over the region as well as the Midwest with ponies in tow. And with so many classes for ponies of all ages and all levels of training it was a very fun show. It was a rare pony who went home without some accolade.

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