The Menorcan Horse & the Connemara Pony



Menorcan Stallion
Menorcan Stallion

On entering the picturesque Balearic medieval city of Ciudadella in Menorca, a striking sculpture, larger than life size, of a handsome prancing black horse on a traffic roundabout creates an immediate good impression. This is the Menorcan native breed, much protected and revered by the local people, especially at Fiesta time, when the ridden Cavall Menorque performance in the streets and squares is a major highlight of the Island’s many festivals. In the 17th century the Knight tournaments died out in the rest of Europe, but the old Knight’s tradition still survives in Menorca.  Continue reading “The Menorcan Horse & the Connemara Pony”


Gurteen Jennifer, Cathal Mullen
Gurteen Jennifer, Cathal Mullen

A quick look–in at Clifden Show on Thursday afternoon last confirmed that this shop-window for the Connemara Pony is growing and expanding beyond belief. Families poured in and took more than a casual interest in proceedings as they crowded around the two Rings, one showing the ponies In- Hand and Ring 2 full of Ridden Pony Classes. Unlike the opening day on Wednesday, the weather on Thusday stayed dry and balmy. Continue reading “CLIFDEN ’16. A BRIEF VISIT”

Moycullen Show 2016

Show Champion Mountain Heather, Joanne Grogan
Show Champion Mountain Heather, Joanne Grogan

Reserve Champion, Cornarone Sea Mist, Ray Halpin
Reserve Champion, Cornarone Sea Mist, Ray Halpin

Junior Champion,Michael Sweeney's Bunowen Grey Lass
Junior Champion,Michael Sweeney’s Bunowen Grey Lass

View Moycullen ’16 Gallery     In a Showing Season where rain and all-out drenchings were the norm the fourth Moycullen Pony Show was favoured with an absolutely dry day. Run by a local Moycullen committee who are lucky enough to use the spacious open fields and cross-country course, a mile from the village, known as The Parks.    Continue reading “Moycullen Show 2016”

Illaunurra Shadow, Pat O’Neill

Illaunurra Shadow & Pat O'Neill, Clifden 2013
Illaunurra Shadow & Pat O’Neill, Clifden 2013

Connemara pony breeder and producer Pat O’Neill of Illaunurra Ponies in Ballyconneely has brought on his 11 yr. old home-bred gelding Illaunurra Shadow (Silver Shadow X Illaunurra Mist) to perform at top level in both Dressage and Showjumping.  For the past couple of years Pat and his talented pony have won several Dressage Ireland Awards, and Pat has featured as the sole male rider with Cleggan- based Judy Cazabon’s Musical Rides. The pair are now Showjumping at top level with the Association of Riding Clubs and pulled off  a 2016 hat-trick  when the pair were crowned Show Jumping Champions at the recent hotly contested AIRC Championships in Mullingar. A well-deserved accolade for this brilliant pair.

Cross-Country Clinic & Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture ’13

Cross Country Clinic  & Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture, Performance and Connemara Ponies, Past, Present and Future

Portersize Just a Jiff
Portersize Just a Jiff

 On Saturday afternoon Olympian Camilla Speirs gave a Cross Country Clinic in the Clifden  Showgrounds.   A course of 5 cross-country type fences were erected and 4 Connemara ponies varying in age and experience were used to demonstrate the Instructor’s teaching instructions.  Continue reading “Cross-Country Clinic & Bartley O’Sullivan Lecture ’13”

Connemara Ponies Passed Away

Connemara Ponies Passed Away    Click Here    for Kingstown Molly 2nd.         Click Here    for Coral Prince, Coral Misty and Queen Gillian.

Oxenholm Marble Junior.   A well-known and very successful stallion son of the legendry Marble died last week,  in Sweden at the age of 32.  This was Oxenholm Marble Junior (1981 – 2013) by  Marble X Song of Littlerath (by The Fugitive).  This grandsire of Banks Vanilla was bred at the Oxenholm Stud in Denmark by H.B Nielsen. For interesting details and photos go to the Erinmore Connemara Ponies website and click on Stallion.


Timaunga Kiwi Cosmic with dam 2010
Timaunga Kiwi Cosmic with dam 2010


Timaunga Kiwi Cosmic with Tony Turner
Timaunga Kiwi Cosmic with Tony Turner

From New Zealand’s South Island came the picture of the 2yr. old Colt who originally appeared in these pages in 2010 as a pretty palomino colt foal:  Born 29th November 2010,   dam, Timaunga Tara, is by Barwidgee Erriff (Connaught of Millfields (Ire) x Barwidgee Frederika (Aust) out ofRidgeway Dream (Blandings Bobby (Aust) x Blandings Juliet (Aust). Dream’s pedigree goes back to Strongbow, Camlin Cilla, Bridgeboy and Island King.He has grown into a strong handsome 2yr. old and belongs to his breeders Bridget and Tony Turner who breed under the Timaunga prefix.   His beautiful coat colour remains intact and the palomino Connemara  is still rarity in this part of the world.

Pattys Veuve Cosmic, Clifden ;09 with Peadar Murphy
Pattys Veuve Cosmic, Clifden ;09 with Peadar Murphy

The sire is Pattys Veuve Cosmic (Pattys Veuve Cliquet X Jacobsdal Blue Bell) shown here at Clifden Stallion Parade in March 2009 with handler Peadar Murphy who stands him in Ireland.

Email from Pascal Wandon.

Poesie Melody & Pascal Wandon

At the Summer Normandy Show which took place at Bacqueville en Caux in Normandy on 9  September 2012,  my mare POESIE MELODY won the Supreme Champion of the Show. She is by IMPERATOR MELODY ( IDENOIR x SILVER SPARROW) and  EQUINOXE MELODY (APOLLON PONDI  x CARRABAUN CRACKER).  This  mare was also  Reserve Supreme  Champion in Fontainebleau  at The European Championships 2012  and also Reserve Supreme Champion of the French National Pompadour 2012.  Continue reading “CONNEMARA PONIES OVERSEAS”

John McLoughlin, Pony Breeder

John Mc Loughlin

John McLoughlin has probably attended and enjoyed more Connemara Pony Shows, than any other breeder in Connemara.  Since the nineteen fifties when he bagged his first Clifden red rosette with the first pony he bought himself, John has been a quietly charismatic presence at Summer Shows, with or without his own prize-winning mares, for the best part of sixty years.   Continue reading “John McLoughlin, Pony Breeder”