Declan was imported from Ireland at 5 months old. He is an inspected and approved Premium stallion. He 14.2 (barefoot) and has 9” of bone. He is heterozygous grey from buckskin roan, meaning he can sire grey and non-grey foals; he can also sire roan, buckskin, smokey black & palomino.
His pedigree boasts a who’s who of top European show jumping lines. His sire is none other than the great Dexter Leam Pondi, an internationally renowned Grand Prix show jumping pony that holds an incredible record in international competition and made many team appearances for the Junior European Championships. He is a prolific sire of Grand Prix jumping ponies. Declan’s dam, Dandy Sparrow, spent her life in the breeding shed proving herself as a great producer of performance ponies. She has no less than 6 Class 1 sons and has a number of offspring jumping the Grade A show jumping tracks. She is by Ashfield Bobby Sparrow, a stallion with a reputation and performance record comparable to that of Dexter. Ashfield Bobby Sparrow was a Grade A show jumper and a top eventing pony in Ireland. His bloodlines are represented around the world, and he consistently sired superior performance ponies. Additionally, Declan’s dam goes back to Ballydonagh Cassanova, sire of Westside Mirah & Poetic Justice, stallions that have both left a significant mark on Connemara performance breeding.
Declan has been showing across multiple disciplines, but his primary focus has been eventing and foxhunting. He began his foxhunting career early and was roading hounds at the age of 3 – a testament to his incredible mind. He is in his 8th season of hunting and is not yet 12. He hunts in the field and whips in – showing good character in his ability to handle being surrounded by other horses, galloping in a group and hounds under foot! Declan has hunted with eight recognized packs on the east coast, including an annual week- long trip to Virginia.
He hasn’t done a ton of showing but has always been a consistent performer and is usually in the ribbons and year end standings. From 2018-2020 he completed 14 Novice horse trails, finishing in the ribbons every time and winning six! He had several very successful seasons at Training Level with quite a few wins, many time finishing on his dressage score in the 20’s. In 2023 he moved up to Modified, finishing 6th & 2nd at his two outings. He also finished 6th (the only pony!) in a big Training Horse division at AEC’s, adding nothing to his dressage score.
Declan’s foals are consistent in quality and temperament. They are inheriting an intelligent, kind and willing demeanor, and he is stamping them with a strong hindquarter, correct limbs, good length of rein and a nice head. He now has quite a few eventing and foxhunting – mostly with juniors and AA’s. His oldest just finished 6th at his first FEI 1* with a 16 year old in the irons.
- USEA Area III Championships – Sr Novice Champion – 2019
- USEA Area III #1 Novice Horse – Year End 2019
- USEF/USEA Adult Amateur Novice Rider 3rd in the nation (out of over 11,000 starters at the level) – 2019
- USEF HOTY Reserve Champion Purebred Connemara in Eventing – 2019
- GDCTA Champion Novice AA – 2019
- ACPS/USEA PB Novice Level Eventer – 2019
- ACPS Award of Excellence in Eventing – 2019
- ACPS Award of Excellence in Foxhunting – 2020
- ACPS/USEA PB Training Level Eventer – 2021
- GDCTA Reserve Champion Training Level Eventing – 2021
- USEF HOTY 4th Place Purebred Connemara in Eventing – 2021
- ACPS/USEA PB Training Level Eventer – 2022
- GDCTA Champion Training Level Eventing – 2022
- USEF HOTY Reserve Champion Purebred Connemara in Eventing – 2022
- USEF HOTY Champion Purebred Connemara in Eventing – 2023