New Foal

Plant City, Fl: Beth Davidson has announced the arrival of a half bred filly, Skye, by the TB stallion Artrageous. Happy mom is Loughin's Leighseach (Tre Awain Cavan O'Connor X Heaven’s Ridge Treasa ) This filly is a keeper for Beth’s daughter, who always wanted a filly by "her" pony and by a TB stallion.


Loughin's Leighseach (Tre Awain Cavan O'Connor) had her first half-bred for foal #5!  Welcome to Skye, by the Thoroughbred stallion, Artrageous. Super happy with this friendly baby!

All in the Family

Ocala, FL: Eliott Blackman has what is surely one of the most fun jobs in the Connemara world!! She trains and rides not one, but two, Connemaras stallions. Both were sired by the imported stallion, *Gunsmoke. WH Top Gun is out of Ballywhim Candace (by Greystone Dallen McMor) and is owned by Jim and Nancy Kilcrease. Foothill’s Field Marshall aka Bruiser is out of Foothill’s Maybee (by Aladdin). He is owned by Donna Duckworth. Eliott has been eventing both stallions for over three years now, and has taken both to the USEF eventing championships for the last two years. It is a rare weekend when either one or the other does not bring home a blue ribbon.

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First Foal of the Year

Browns Valley, CA:  The first foal of the year to be reported was born in California last week.  The mare, Redbud’s Titania (*ArdCeltic Art X *Glenormiston Amelia), was bred to the Holsteiner, Ciceras Icewater, and produced a chestnut colt.

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ACPS St. Patrick's Day Party

Berryville, VA:  On March 15, Region III of the ACPS held their St. Patrick’s Day party at Glendale Farm, home of Deb and David Norman.  A scrumptious pot luck lunch that left everyone’s breeches popping was served, after which there was a region meeting and a visit to Deb’s two stallions.

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Snowy Days

The worst of the snow seems to be over, at least for those not used to having snow.  The ponies all did well, we are very glad to say.  In fact, it was noted that they would probably rather have the zero degrees and snow, than the heat and flies of summer.  Not so their owners, I don’t think.  Below are a variety of ponies enjoying the snowy days.

ACPS BOG Meeting and USEF Awards

Alex Dawson and Kynynmont Shenanigans

HOTY2015-1The ACPS Board of GovernorsLexington, KY   The ACPS held its semi-annual Board of Governors meeting on January 15 and 16, in conjunction with the USEF annual meeting.  One of the highlights was the Horse of the Year banquet where the USEF Connemara of the year and other national awards are given out.  Pictured are all the hard-working officers who attended the meeting, and those who attended the HOTY banquet.  Also pictured are Sue Jellum and Rochambeau (Aladdin's Denver x Ms. Hawkeye [TB]), who won the McKenna Award which goes to the highest placing Connemara in USEF eventing at the Preliminary level or above; Alex Dawson and Kynynmont Shenanigans (Kynynmont Dublin X Greystone Adirondack Roseanna), the first recipients of the Seldom Seen Award for the high point Connemara ridden by a Junior at USEF dressage; and Lisa and Randy Reese accepting the award for Sparrows Nio (Grange Finn Sparrow X TB) who won the Advanced Level Eventing award.

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2014 AGM Minutes

Minutes are posted for the 2014 Board of Governers meeting...

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Breeding Event Horses: Future Generations and a Twenty Year Plan

Originally printed in Eventing Nation

By Beth Davidson on Sep 9, 2014 12:30 pm

You mean I shouldn't stand on mom? Photo Anneke DavidsonYou mean I shouldn't stand on mom? Photo Anneke Davidson

Most breeders of horses don’t breed for the event market, as OTTBs are often the mounts of choice for eventers. However, lately more purpose-bred event horses are offered for sale in the U.S. Gone are the days when just about any athletic Thoroughbred from off the track can be made up into a competitive three or four-star horse.

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Thanksgiving Horse Trials in Georgia Well Represented

pinetop2014Fate's PatriotThomson, Ga:   Connemaras did very well at the Thanksgiving weekend Horse Trials held at Pine Top Farm in northeast Georgia. Leading the winners was Laura Duhamel who won the Training Rider Division on her Connemara/TB, Balmullo’s Patriot, who she shows as Fate’s Patriot aka Patrick.  She won the Training Rider Division, finishing on her dressage score of 33.6. Patrick was sired by the now 32-year-old Concord River Roaringwater Bay.

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Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD)

(from U.C. Davis website) “Hoof Wall Separation Disease (HWSD) is a genetic defect characterized by a hoof wall that easily breaks and cracks, and a normal appearing coronary band. The breaks and cracks begin to occur in young ponies. In severe cases the pony bears weight entirely on the sole of the foot which can lead to severe lameness. HWSD is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. This means that carriers are completely normal and only animals with two copies of the mutation will show clinical signs of the disease. HWSD appears to occur only in the Connemara pony and the carrier frequency has been estimated to be about 14.8%. A DNA test for this specific mutation can determine if ponies are normal or if they carry one or two copies of the mutation. Ponies that carry two copies of the mutation are highly likely to be affected with the disease. Some cases are milder while others are more severe. We have identified at least one case where the pony does not appear to have clinical signs associated with having two copies of the mutation. This indicates that the mutation is not fully penetrant; however it has very high penetrance of 96.8%.

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