Winter News Roundup ’09-’10

 NEW YEAR 2010          WWW.MARNE.IE

Daisy in the snow Christmas Eve

Canal ice, Galway




With nightime temperatures -3  to -10  and frost and ice building-up each day that passes, the low winter sun and short days  have made life difficult for our outdoor ponies since before Christmas.     

Winter wood with mossy frost

Even getting hay out to the snow-covered fields, especially on hilly land over iced-up tracks, is a difficult job and trying to keep ice broken in drinkers each day is a problem too.

If you have it, the big bale left out in the field is the best plan.  I hear that drinkers in the cold northern States of the U.S are heated to prevent freezing.

Frozen Willow tree

In the absence of pony news I am substituting a few ‘cold-snap’ snaps. Only another how long to go before normal weather returns.!!

Frozen Claddagh Basin, GalwayWWW.MARNE.IE




LECARROW KING was  Ist in Mountain and Moorland at Horse of the Year Show 7 Oct ’09 ; and was chosen as Ridden Connemara Pony of the Year.

Lecarrow King with Padraig Hynes in ’09

He will now be prepared for his final Show of the Year, the NPS Supreme Ridden Championship at Olympia on Dec. 21st.   Lecarrow King (Village Boy X Lecarrow) and rider Sam Roberts took Lecarrow King to the top when they scooped the M & M Ridden Championship at the recent prestigious Horse of the Year Show   The 9 yr. old stallion is owned by Lady Vestey and Henrietta Knight and you will see further news and views  on his wins across the water if you go to www.lockingeconnemaras . Pictured here are two of his forebears.

Village Boy with Tommy O'Brien

He was registered at a later than usual age and was standing with Padraig Hynes of Canal Stage, Connemara in the summer of 2008.  If you go to Archives on this blog and go to the August 08 post you will see him in Connemara as an 8 yr. old, and in the January ’09 Post on the Village Ponies you will see where he originated.

Patrick King's Village Grey in Connemara with last foal Village Swan

Bred by Evelyn Nee in Foreglas, Ballyconneely, his breeding includes Village Grey, Village Belle, Abbeyleix Owen, Killyreagh Kim, Murphy Rebel , Clonkeehan Auratum and Carna Bobby.

******** More news of the exploits of Creemully Western Melody,   

Cfreemully Western Melody, National Connemara Pony Dressage Champion

This 7yr. old stallion by I Love You Melody X Creemully Heather who recently jumped to Grade A under SJAI rules.  With his owner/rider, Galway’s  Mary Mitchell, he performed brilliantly at the recent Dressage Ireland National Championships from Sept 25th – 27th in both Novice and Elementary Grades and took the  All Ireland Dressage Trophy for Connemara Ponies. The versatile Melody was bred by Kevin Delaney of Creemully, co. Roscommon and all of the schooling work since she backed him as a 4 year old has been carried out by Mary and he is a credit to her.******

******** Ciaran Briscoe has kindly sent me an update on the European Pony championships and on the part played by Connnemara Ponies in the Irish Team’s success:      See more on Sillogue Darkie in  November 08   blog. *********

Connemara Pony Breed Success: Sillogue Darkie & Ballyowen Mabel Molly   

For Sillogue Darkie Video  go to Update on S.Darkie in Pages.

Ballyowen Mabel Molly

Building on the tradition of Connemara legends such as Dexter Leam Pondi who have for many years graced the European Championships the two pedigree Connemara’s Ballyowen Maybell Molly and Sillogue Darkie recently gave a magnificent exhibition of show jumping.

Sillogue Darkie & Michael Duffy

With the seven year old mare and thirteen year old gelding playing a central role in Ireland winning the silver medal and then ‘Molly’ as she as affectionately known, added to the Irish joy by amazingly winning the European Gold Medal.

Sillogue Darkie with Michael Duffy & Mabel Molly with     at the European Championships

To recognise this fantastic achievement the two Connemara stars were invited to parade at the famous annual Clifden Connemara show.

Sillogue Darkie and Michael parade at Clifden Show

Appearing in front of a large crowd of Connemara enthusiasts from all over the world; the pair of fantastic ambassadors for the breed received a hero’s welcome as they were presented before Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív.

The pair then even made an appearance on both the Six one and Nine o’clock RTE News Bulletins. Ballyowen Maybell Molly was proudly led at the parade by Pat McCormack and Sillogue Darkie was ridden by Michael Duffy. Kellie Allen couldn’t unfortunately make it as she was on holidays. To conclude another successful season Sillogue Darkie on August 30th was presented with the award for the Overall Leading Premier League Pony for 2009. This is the second year in succession that the thirteen year old gelding has achieved this feat.


After winning a Silver medal for Ireland during the summer, Belgium again provided the venue for further success for the famous pedigree Connemara Sillogue Darkie. With Michael Duffy aboard the pair jumped a double clear at the prestigious Neeroeteren arena in one of Europe’s premier Pony Grand Prix’s, only to be pushed into 2nd place by less than a second by fellow Silver team medalist Emma O’Dwyer on Kalim De Montlieu.