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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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McCamey Kimbler Wins 2014 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce McCamey Kimbler as the winner of the 2014 USEF Youth Sportsman’s Award. The USEF Youth Sportsman's Award is designed to identify potential future leaders in the equine industry and provides an opportunity for the USEF to recognize outstanding youth members for their achievements. An international endurance rider from Aberdeen, S.D., Kimbler was nominated by the American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC).

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2014 ACPS Annual Meeting

Half brothers by *Gunsmoke competed at the AEC's. WH Top Gun (left) was 6th in the Training Horse Division. Foothills Field Marshall (right) was 10th in the Novice Horse Division. Both were ridden by Elliott Blackmon.

Greenville, VA:  The ACPS annual meeting was held on October 2-5 at Penmerryl Farm in the Shennandoah Valley of Virginia.  Besides meetings, there were demonstrations, clinics, trail rides and dinners.

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Melanoma Research Project at UC Davis Needs Samples

Davis,  CA.  The Melanoma Research Project at UC Davis is desperately in need of samples from grey ponies who developed melanomas before they were 6 years old. If you have such a pony please contact Maureen Loughman Abel for information on how to participate.  She can be reached at mloughman@embarqmail.com

A Tale Of One Tough Pony

Sacha and Gabby crossing the finish line

Truckee, CA:   Donna Huntsman has sent the following  article about the first Connemara to finish the Tevis since Doc Molton used to ride her purebred,   Springledge Irish Whiskey,  in that famous ride a quarter of a century or so ago.  Donna says, “ When my endurance enthusiast friend asked me if I had seen that a Connemara cross pony was entered in this year’s Tevis Cup I was intrigued to say the least.  I eagerly opened the link and perused the breed column of the competitors listed and sure enough amongst the predominately listed Arabs and Arab crosses, there she was; #25, Sacha Egdell from Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada, riding M&M’s Gabriella (Gabby), a 14.3 bay Connemara X mare.

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JEF Sir Lancelot offspring places 12th at US Pony Finals

A JEF Sir Lancelot offspring has excelled at the US Pony Finals for the second year in a row.  In August Happy Feet (aka Timon) placed 12th overall in the Large Green Pony division. Last year Lance’s daughter Radiance placed 12th overall in the Medium Regular Pony division. 

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Who are the Four Leaf Clovers?

Tryon, NC: You might be hearing a lot about the Four Leaf Clovers in the next couple of weeks, they are going to be SO famous (hope springs eternal!), so who are they?  The “Clovers”  are an adult amateur team that will be competing at Training Level at the American Eventing Championships (AEC’s) in Tryon, NC on Sept 1-5, 2016….and they are ALL purebred Connemaras! 

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Region III 30th Anniversary Show

Lexington, Va:  The Region III 30th anniversary show went off without a hitch.  Held the weekend of August 27 at the Virginia Horse Center, there was something for everyone.  There were in-hand classes, flat classes, jumping classes, dressage including a 6-person quadrille and a pas-de-deux, short stirrup, long stirrup, trail, Mountain and Moorland, a costume class, and the great egg and spoon challenge. 

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