Midlands Connemaras ’09 Ridden


Midland Connemara Pony Breeders Show July 26 ’09

As a Connemara Show it was a feast for all Connemara pony afficionados with 24 In-Hand and 9 Performance Classes.  Entries were phenomenal in the majority of classes with double the numbers of last year’s entries in the Performance section alone. Katie Miller, Sarah’s daughter, was very pleased with the increased numbers in the Sarah Millar Future Performance Connemara Pony competition this year, 18 had entered.

Cloragh April Jewel & Joanna Tottenham won Sarah Miller Future Performance
Cloragh April Jewel & Joanna Tottenham won Sarah Miller Future Performance
Coming off the bank
Coming off the bank
Champ.S Millar Trophy to E03
April Merveldt presents Sarah Miller Cup to Joanna Tottenham

The late Sarah Millar was always interested in providing competition to suit the younger pony  and this competition in her memory, aims to promote the production of quality Connemara Performance ponies by evaluating and recognising up and coming talent.”   Consisting  of a Dressage Test , judged by Ninnie Odenrick, to start, testing obedience and movement, followed by a Working Hunter Round over a Derby style course including a bank,  it is rounded off by the conformation, movement and presentation section.  Ponies must be between  4 – 8 yrs. old and riders under 18 and they are assessed by 3 Judges on the day. presentation The prestigious Sarah Miller Cup was presented this year by Countess April Merveldt, well known Connemara judge and breeder, and the winner was Cloragh April Jewel (Ashfield Hunters Jewel X Milford Ladybird) ridden to victory by Wicklow’s Joanna Tottenham, who-during one of the day’s torrential pelting showers- happily accepted her trophy.

Reserve, Springfield shadow and Jack Bolger
Reserve, Springfield shadow and Jack Bolger

Jack Bolger, Wicklow, rode Peadar Murphy’s stallion Springfield Shadow (Innellan Kestrel X Meavis).into Reserve position.

Whittle sisters 3 & 4 in Fut Perform
Amy and Hannah Whittle

The 4 hour drive from Tyrone must have seemed  worthwhile for sisters, Amy and Hannah Whittle as they came 3rd and 4th respectively in the Sarah Miller competition on their ponies Ashfield Jack Sparrow (Wings of Victory X Dooneen May Lady) and  Ashfield Troubadour (Troubadour X Ashfield Blue Moll) 

The ridden Judge, Heather Wright, chose the under 16 Class winner, Blackwood Fernando (Ferdia X Dancing Queen), ridden to perfection by Alicia Devlin Byrne, to receive the Ann Madden Championship Trophy.This pair also won the under 16 Working Hunter and picked up a 2nd in the Open Performance Working Hunter class under Judge Denise Norton.

Cock Robin & Susan Anderson
Cock Robin & Susan Anderson

The under 16 Ridden Class runner-up, Cock Robin (Robin Hood X Apple Blossom)and rider Michelle Mallon were awarded Reserve Ridden  Cock Robin also came 3rd, ridden by Susan Anderson, in the over 16 Riding section and this pair next went on to take the Ridden Gelding qualifier. The Eamon McElwee owned gelding, who has Abbeyleix Owen and Westside Fred in his back breeding, also qualified for the Oughterard Powers Quarry Championship with Michelle Mallon.  A first, second and third plus two qualifiers. Not a bad days work!.

Senior Ridden winner Mr. What & Elizabeth Maher with Judge Heather Wright
Senior Ridden winner Mr. What & Elizabeth Maher with Judge Heather Wright

The over 16 Ridden winner was Elizabeth Maher’s Mr. What  (Village King X Meadow Harp), winner at Oughterard and Clifden last year.

Tulira Katie Daly & Elaine Creaven, Senior Performance
Tulira Katie Daly & Elaine Creaven, Senior Performance

The prolific winning pair, Tulira Katie Daly (New Beginnings X Tulira Mary Claire) and Elaine Creaven were on top form to take the Open Performance Class from runner up Blackwood Fernando and Alicia Devlin Byrne.

Blackwood Fernando & Alicia Devlin Byrne, two Firsts and a Second
Blackwood Fernando & Alicia Devlin Byrne, two Firsts and a Second

These two combinations are seldom out of the top two Connemara Performance  placings and it was Fernando and Alicia who won the  under 16 Working Hunter class on this occasion, making it two 1st  and a 2nd for this competitive duo.  The winner of the over 16 Working Hunter Oughterard qualifier was Pamela Lydon’s Acton Rolo (Field of Dreams X Hazy Lee) rider Orlaith O’Reilly.

Another win for owner Lady Anne Hemphill, Tulira Katie Daly and Elaine Creaven
Another win for owner Lady Anne Hemphill, Tulira Katie Daly and Elaine Creaven
Walstead Cartier with Sonia Burt
Walstead Cartier with Ciara O’Malley.

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One thought on “Midlands Connemaras ’09 Ridden

  1. lots of informationn on the family. happy to share, can you give me dates etc and a way to get them to you. If you have any other names of family members it would be useful.

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