Please click on Pic. to enlarge and please ignore the gremlins which invaded the List below. A Stallion Parade and Educational Workshop organised by the Southern Connemara Breeders Group ran ultra-successfully on Sunday 10 April. This is the third year running that this enthusiastic and hard-working committee has organised the Stallion Parade which this year was based at the spacious premises of Clonshire Equestrian Centre near Adare, Co.Limerick. The Practical Workshop held before the Stallions appeared involved two Connemara Pony Judges who assessed and marked the six fillies which came before them from the point of view of their suitability as broodmares. These two experts, Nicola Musgrave and Veterinarian Des Barnwell, gave many useful pointers on preparation for breeding.
After a short break we viewed 15 Stallions which were introduced and paraded in the Indoor School. They ranged in age from 3yr.old starters like 1. Rathlacken C.J and the138cms.2. Kilpatrick Ash, to veteran sires such as the two senior 24yr.old’s – the 145cms. 3. Garryhinch Millrace, a winner at Clifden as a Colt and a former French Champion and also the great 4. Templebready Fear Bui, who has produced an outstanding selection of progeny, which includes Grade A ponies as well as International Eventers. A young son of Fear Bui’s was there also, 5. Rosscon Sunrise, winner of many In-hand and Ridden Championships as just a four year old on the English circuit in 2010; he even made the cover of Horse & Hound ! The 8yr.old 6. Killaloe Buachaill Mór is another Fear Bui son lightly shown as yet but with 70 SJAI points he will be making an impact this year with rider Kate Murray who displayed his jumping ability.
7. Currachmore Cashel the multiple Clifden winner was there, a mature and stately 11yr old with presence to burn, flashing his ground-covering movement that earned him so many Championships. Another among the younger ponies to watch out for was the 4yr.old 8. Roswat Prince, with many illustrious Show winners in his pedigree. 9. Plume de Kezeg, aged 8, has a varied performance career behind him with wins in Working Hunter, Show-jumping and Dressage and it was rider Pauline Dahill who gave a polished performance with this stallion. Susan Cleary rode the 5 yr.old 10. Meelickisland Rebel, just recently passed as a Class 1 stallion at Clifden; with illustrious award-winning forebears, he is bound to make his individual mark this season as a Ridden stallion. Also there was the handsome 7yr.old 11. Cashelbay Cruise, a regular winner of stallion classes and a full brother to top performance stallion Cashelbay Prince, and now with Maria Fraser in Co. Limerick. 12. Mountain Cascade, who was travelled down from Mayo, is an 8yr old of great quality and substance and is well known for his multiple Show Ring successes especially those in Clifden, the RDS and Roundstone. The 12 uyr/ old 13. Derrymore Duncan (rare Smokey Duncan bloodlines) was there also looking magnificent with his breeder owner. 14. Anbally Frankie was shown both In-hand and ridden and jumped by young Shona Roche. The 10 yr.old has sired many Show-ring winners, and he has 2 registered stallion sons; and you can view his 3yr.old stallion son Anbally Cloud in the Clifden ’09 report under Pages in the Sidebar. 15. Kippure Ranger, a 142cms. 5yr old bay, was there but sorry, no picture. If you have a photo you could email me at niamhodoc.@eircom.net Many thanks to Rose Fitzgerald who sent me the final 4 photos. All other pics are © at Niamh’s Weblog
1. Rathlacken C.J. (Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Prospect Cloud) Breeder Sean Bourke
2. Kilpatrick Ash (Glencarrig Fionn-Kilpatrick Holly) Breeder Joan J.Dolan
3. Garryhinch Millrace (Abbeyleix Fionn-Kilbracken Queen) Breeder Sean Dunne
4. Templebready Fear Bui (Moyglare Samson-Ballingarry Jonquail) Breeder Carol Seigne
5. Rosscon Sunrise (Templebready Fear Bui-Cooloo Lady) Breeder P.J. Watson
6. Killaloe Buachaill Mór (Templebready Fear Bui-Killaloe Angel)) Breeder Rosemarie Stewart
7. Currachmore Cashel (Rosenharley Rowley-Tolka Bridge) Breeder Eamon Burke 8. Roswat Prince (Glencarrig Prince-Ard Nola) Breeder Pat Watson
9. Plume de Kezeg (Janus-Divrummen) Breeder Elevage de Kezeg, France 10.Meelickisland Rebel (Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Aran Daisy) Breeder John Dermody
11. Cashelbay Cruise (I Love You Melody-Coosheen Pheasant) Breeder Robert Fallon
12. Mountain Cascade (Laerkens Cascade Dawn-Mountain Lady) Breeder Jarlath Grogan 13. Derrymore Duncan (Smokey Duncan-Heather Cuckoo) Breeder John A.Joyce 14.Anbally Frankie (Carra Cashel-Ballysisk Apple Blossom) Breeder Billy Woods
15. Kippure Ranger (Frederiksminde Hazy Merlin-Hollybrook Pippin) Breeder Michael Igoe