Village Star and some of her family 2009

Village Star

Village Laura was Clifden Champion in  1987
Village Laura won the Supreme championship in Clifden 1987
Village Laura in 08 now 26 with owner Padraig Hynes
Village Laura now aged 26 with Padraig Hynes at Canal Stage

Her bay stallion son Canal Laurinston (1990) has had a top flight career in California, having been Outstanding Performance Stallion, California and American Show Ring Champion 1991 to 2006.

Also out of Village Star was Castle Misty by Coral Misty Fionn,  the mares Castle Dame and Village Colleen, both by Mervyn Kingsmill.  Castle Dame, who was a Clifden winner a number of times, produced Castle Comet and Castle Urchin, both by Abbeyleix Owen.  Castle Comet hit the headlines when winning many Championships in England in ’02 and ’03, and at the RDS and at Olympia in ’04.   He was Supreme-in- hand at the Royal Show in ’05 and ’06 and was Ridden Mountain and Moorland  Supreme with his owner Vanessa Comption.

Stars daughter Castle Dame by Mervyn Kingsmill
Stars daughter Castle Dame by Mervyn Kingsmill
Castle Comet with Vanessa Compton
Castle Comet with Vanessa Compton



Castle Urchin who now carries on the Star line at Castle Connemara ponies has also taken the Village ponies winning streak into the present day, having most recently been Supreme Champion at Clifden in 2007, a feat she also achieved in 2002. She had also been Reserve Champion in ’01 and ’03 and R.D.S. Connemara Pony Champion in ’04 and Reserve Dublin Champion in 06.  Urchin’s  young filly, Castle Jewel by Fredericksminde Hazy Match, has taken the winning ways of the Village ponies into a new generation by winning classes in Clifden in ’07 and ’08. 

Grandaughter of Star Castle Urchin Clifden Supreme 07
Grandaughter of Star Castle Urchin Clifden Supreme 07
Castle Squire by Abbeyleis Owen - Village Star with John Varley
Castle Squire by Abbeyleis Owen – Village Star with John Varley

Castle Squire (1991) by Abbeyleix Owen, is another stallion son of Star to carry on the line, and the prizewinning mares Castle Cailín Ard ot of Castle Dame and Mountain Lady by Village Boy as well as the performance stallion Cashel Bay Prince and many more all carry into the future the genes of this extended Village family. All this breeding goes back to Village Belle via her daughter Village Star and their breeder, the late Paddy King of Ballyconneely.  He is now retired from the show ring and has bred numerous progeny in England.

Village Star’s first arrival was Castle Lady in 1979, by Boden Park Joey and then a string of filly foals and some colts followed.  They included Village Laura (1982) by Thunderbolt who created a record by winning the Dublin Championship three years running, for Padraig Hynes, starting in 1987. A frequent winner at Clifden over 16 years, Laura had also taken the Supreme Championship there in ’87.  She was a great brood mare also producing 12 foals, many well known in the showing world.