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”

Performance Training Day 11 May ’14

Training and Judges Assessment Day

Tony Ennis and pupils
Tony Ennis and pupils


The weather was in a somewhat cranky mood on Sunday last when the Connemara Pony and Rider Training Day was held at The Parks in Moycullen.  Between a few mild dry patches, the heavy rain- showers bucketed down. This was no deterrent to the enthusiasts who turned up with ponies and their riders to learn the ropes of working Hunter and Riding Classes under the excellent tutelage of Denise Norton and Tony Ennis, both knowledgeable and experienced past-masters in all Equestrian skills.   Continue reading “Performance Training Day 11 May ’14”

Sillogue Darkie

Sillogue Darkie, Michael Duffy
Sillogue Darkie, Michael Duffy RDS ’11

Very recently in February this year, the great Sillogue Darkie died suddenly in his stable. The 18 year old gelding was for many years one of the top Show-jumping Connemara ponies ever produced in Ireland.  By Ard Talisman X Coillcru Esmeralda, he was bred and trained by the Briscoe family in Co. Louth and was a firm favourite of the family as he jumped his way to stardom in Ireland and Europe.  An incredible performer,  he qualified  for Dublin eight years in a row with five different riders. Read on and see the Video.  Continue reading “Sillogue Darkie”

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.


For Filly Inspections Moycullen, Spiddal 2012    Click Here

For Clifden 2012 Green Hunter      Click Here 

For Clifden  ’12 In-Hand Classes     Click Here

For Clifden ’12  Ridden Classes        Click Here

For Clifden ’12 Performance Day Friday       Click Here

Clifden Gallery ’12       Click Here

Dublin RDS ’12 Connemara  Hunter Championships   Slide Show followed by Report   Click Here

Dublin RDS ’12   Connemara Ridden Classes        Click Here

Dublin RDS ’12   Gallery           Click Here

Brocklodge Buster

   Website  FOR RESULTS

for Roundstone All-Ireland Champion of Champions Show 16 Sept 2012    Click Here

For Link to Roundstone ’12 Gallery    Click Here

Oughterard Cannon Ball Champion 2012

Cannon Ball Champion 2012 Oughterard
Thee Atlantic Grey, Lelia Oakman

P.S. Oughterard Show Society came up with a beautifully produced  50th  Show  Anniversary Book, where you will find pictures of all previous winners of the Cannon Ball Trophy Championship years and the 10 Saturday International Performance  Championship years. This book  is available for €10 plus postage from the Show Office, Camp St. Oughterard or Email  or Tel. 086 1517289.                        

The Connemara Performance Cannon Ball Championship, known as the All-Ireland, has  been running every year at Oughterard Show since 1983.  The 29th winner in 2012 was the small compact 15 year old gelding son of Village Boy and out of Oorid Linda.  Pictured here with Michael Power Sponsor and Show Chair. Leslie Lyons.   Thee Atlantic Grey stands at a mere 138cms. and with his rider, Lelia Oakman, herself a slightly built  15 yr. old as well, this pair had already run away with  the International  Performance Supreme Championship just 24 hours earlier at the  Parks, Moycullen, venue this year of a new Connemara  Show.   A 2nd in their Ridden Connemara Pony Class at the Dublin RDS Show Continue reading “Oughterard Cannon Ball Champion 2012”

Connemaras to watch.


Winning in 2011 in Ireland with Raphael Lee

Ü    News     from Alan Diamond  re.  Menlo Boy – formerly owned by Liam Diamond of Diamonds of Renvyle  who features below in this Post.   Won the Swedish Pony Derby 1.15 metre competition on Friday 15th June 2012. Menlo Boy was ridden by Swedish rider Evelina Lindh.   He really was “ONE TO WATCH”.


Keltic O Se & Vanessa Robb

Finally now is a fine pic. I received some time ago taken at the same Show in New Zealand.  Keltic O’Se, Vanessa Robb’s Stallion, was the Supreme.  Sorry for previous omission.  (Scroll down to bottom of page to visit family and ponies at home)

5 yr. old Glenford Pakie 136cms.


Glenford Pakie.   Seen jumping at the recent Clifden Sales, Lot 127, the 134cms bay gelding, Glenford Pakie, a 5yr. old by Robe Earl X Genford Little Lady ;  he  was a joy to watch loose – jumping, in the rather cramped confines of the Mart arena.  With  minimum  encouragement from his owner/breeder Aine O’ Callaghan, he was quietlyand expertly jumping a pole that was  gradually raised to a metre,  then calmly went back to nibbling the edging grass.   He has done some show-jumping and this pic. is courtesy of Aine.   He was sold to a Co. Galway family for E2,000.  Watch out for him.

Aughnanure Leo.        Continue reading “Connemaras to watch.”

New Zealand Connemara ponies

Time to introduce some sunny New Zealand Connemara Pony Breeding to the Weblog   

Ingrid de Hoedt, New Zealand Breeder              

Ingrid and family


A visit to the home of Ingrid de Hoedt about 50 miles south of Auckland near a town called Pukekohe, is an experience to savour.  This Irish native – a medical doctor – and her Kiwi husband Ross head up a lively household – “chaotic but good craic”as she herself described her home- comprising three children, Tadhg, Fionn and daughter Cianneth and their visiting Irish Aunt Rose.   Continue reading “New Zealand Connemara ponies”