Connemara Competitors By the numbers.
A total of 8 connemaras contested in the USEAs Future Event Horse Series Qualifiers in 2018. Of those eight individuals seven received qualifying scores (a score of 72% or greater constitutes a qualifying score). This is actually a significant drop in the number of Connemaras competing over last years series. Nearly twice the number of Connemaras competed in the 2017 series.
All of the scores included in our graphic reflect the highest individual score obtained by each individual (as recorded by the USEA). The scores ranged from 83% through 67.7%.
Also shown is the Connemara relation for each individual either through a sire or dam. The stallions or sires represented include: R Blue Moon (3), WH Topgun (1), Smaragaid Cliff (1) and Willows Art of Kells (1). The mares represented through their offspring include: R Titania (1), Cashelbay Ellie (1) and Cashelbay Kim (1).
This seasons “Connemara” overall high score went to Bounce DFEN owned by Dr. Sarah McCarthy and shown by Max Gerdes of Redbud Ranch. Bounce is sired by R. Blue Moon (Wildwych Eclipse/*Glenormiston Amelia) and out of Sarah’s homebred Thoroughbred mare Manzanita (Swiss Yodeler/Light and Magic). Bounce DFEN was also last seasons Overall Connemara High Score by a very narrow margin of 1/10 of a percentage point.
In Reserve for “Connemara” Overall High Score was Lisa Martins Icewaters Celtic Express with a 82.2%.. Ice is sired by the Holsteiner Stallion Cicera’s Icewater and out of Lisa’s homebred Mare R Titania (Ardceltic Art/Glenormiston Amelia). Bounce and Ice are in fact cousins! through their grand dam Premium/Special Premium Mare *Glenormiston Amelia. Rounding out our trio of Amelia grand children is our 3rd runner up Dancer (who is also sired by Blue).
Our first runner up is Rosewood Truly sired by the Thoroughbred stallion Salute the Truth and out of Cashelbay Ellie (Cashelbay Cruise x Ginger Meg/Monaghanstown Fred). Truly was originally bred by Darian Hall/Rosewood Connemaras and raised as an orphan by Kristen Orton (KO Eventing).
Our second runner up Sky Rider, is sired by the Trakehner Stallion Virginia Sky out of the purebred mare Cashelbay Kim. Cashelbay Kim* is a daughter of Glenvalley Grey and out of Beal Na Mulla Kim by Abbeyleix Owen. Originally imported by the Websters and Stoneybrook Connemaras, she is now owned by Natalie Brady and 4 Star Farm (Woodland Stallion Station).
Last but not least in our runners up category is the beautiful yearling colt Dancer, again sired by R Blue Moon (Wildwych Eclipse x Glenormiston Amelia) and out of Caberet (Pablito/Just the Best). Dancer is owned and bred by Marylee Myer and shown by Max Gerdes (Redbud Ranch).
Interestingly ALL but one of these Connemaras is presently stationed on the West Coast. And at least the first five were all bred and foaled in ACPS Region 10. Go Team!