Only a few days ago we recieved the most welcome and most recent edition of the The Canadian Connemara. This newsletter of the Canadian Connemara Pony Society is produced by Rick and Dale Doner of Century Hill Connemara Stud, Beaverton, Ontario, and is an excellent example of a colourful, informative, succinct and helpful publication. Featuring full color photographs and classifieds from some of the leading Connemara studs in the country, we always find this a rewarding and informative glimpse into the inner workings of a society abroad. Rick and Dale have kindly given us permission to run through some of the newsletter’s content for you here – spot the local connection!
In a innovative and modern manner, the CCPS has decided to hold an on-line stallion auction to raise funds and to help promote the breed in Canada. The funds raised will be split 50/50 between the society and the promotional Connemara Pony booth at Spruce Meadows during the Masters Tournament. The auction will also include other horse-related items, such as equipment, lessons, training sessions, etc. For the stallion auction, it is only the stud fee that is bid on. Arrangements and costs for AI are strictly between the stallion owner and the bidder, as are arrangements for travel and mare-care costs for live cover. The year in which the purchased breeding is to be used should be arranged between the bidder and the stallion owner. All other breeding arrangements are to be made as per the stallion owner’s breeding contract. Bidding increments on stud fees will be set at a $50 minimum and bidders will remain anonymous on line. The stallion owners and the winning bidders will be notified by the CCPS. There will be a reserve bid on all stallions of 50% of his advertised stud fee. The Information sheets for stallions and other items can be found on the webpage canadianconnemara.org.
Trophy winners are:
(Here’s the local connection by the way!) Donated by Ashbrook’s Tom and Máire during the trip to Canada and Virginia last year, and Doris Jacobi of Avilion Gleann Farm, Alberta, this is a lifetime award to honour a broodmare that has contributed to the Connemara breed in Canada through her purebred offspring. Tom’s father, Sean, owned the broodmare Lus na bPóg. One of her daughters, Ciotóg, was exported to Montana in 1966, and it was her daughter by Rúta Raithní, Avenns Golden Ruby, who was imported to Canada by Doris Jacobi as one of her foundation mares. (Another, Lovely Lormount, also went to Canada and to Doris. We have a photographic glimpse of her in the ‘Through the Years’ Gallery) This award is to be given to honour broodmares who carry on the tradition of these original imports to Canada who not only had many generations of offspring but competed and promoted the breed as well.
Criteria for the award state that the mare should:
Criteria for nomination include:
The mare should have spent some time in Canada and bred at least one foal while in Canada. Her foals and second and third generation offspring born in and resident of any country with a recognized Connemara pony society can be included in the nomination and taken into consideration. There will be no requirement for the mare to have been inspected as this was not available or mandatory in earlier years. Records of progeny should include their inspected status where applicable. The award is designed to reward broodmares that have contributed to the breed by producing offspring of quality rather than merely quantity. The performance record of the offspring will also be considered as well as their breeding record. This will reflect the aim of the society to encourage the breeding of good quality saleable performance ponies as well as high-quality breeding stock. Nominations should be accompanied by a good photo of the mare, a conformation shot if possible, a performance photo if applicable, and photos of at least three of her offspring.
The award does not have to be presented every year but only when a mare is considered to be a truly foundation mare. It is not just the mare but her legacy that the award is honouring. We are all truly delighted, and indeed honoured, to be associated with the best of Canadian breeding in this manner and hope this award will go some way to further promoting the Connemara Breed there.
This issue of The Canadian Connemara, as well as back issues, is available from the CCPS’s own website here.