*TBS Declan Pondi - 'Declan'
Standing for $750 in 2017
**Inquire for discounts for Premium mares or proven performance mares**
Declan was imported in the fall of 2012. He was inspected and approved by the American Connemara Pony Society in 2016. Declan is correct, has great bone, measuring at 8 3/4 inches, big clean joints, and great Connemara type. He is 14 3/4 hds at age 4. He is grey from buckskin, is heterozygous grey (meaning he can sire non-grey foals) and also carries the roan gene. Declan's pedigree is a who's who of top international show jumping ponies and sires. Declan is N/N for the HWSD gene.
Declan's sire, Dexter Leam Pondi, is one of the world's most respected Connemara stallions. He has won numerous titles at the international level, and was one of the most successful ponies to compete at the Grand Prix level in Europe. Not only is he an incredible athlete, he is the epitome of the Connemara pony with superb conformation, movement, jump and type. His offspring, and even grand-offspring, are consistently performing at the top of international sport. Just like their sire before them, many of his successors are competing on international junior teams in Europe.
Declan's dam, Dandy Sparrow, is by the renowned Grade A show jumping Connemara, Ashfield Bobby Sparrow. Ashfield Bobby Sparrow has also sired too many Grade A ponies to count; a very consistent line of proven jumping ponies. Dandy Sparrow's great-grandsire is Ballydonagh Cassanova, sire of Westside Mirah and Poetic Justice; both sires of numerous Grade A jumping ponies. Dandy Sparrow has produced three class 1 stallions in Ireland.
From a one year old to three, Declan showed successfully in both in-hand and loose jumping. He has either won, or taken second in every in-hand class he's been in, including a win in the colt class at Upperville in 2013, Reserve Champion of the Region III Futurity in 2013, and Reserve Champion Youngstock at the Region VII Show in 2014. He was nationally ranked in loose jumping for the YHS series, and placed 3rd against the horses. Declan continued to show in hand in 2015 with success in competitive classes at the Region III Show and Reserve Champion Sport Pony at the Pony LaPalooza in Ocala.
He has begun his riding career, and is displaying a willingness to please and a great work ethic. Declan began showing under saddle in early 2016, and has been exceptionally behaved in the warm-up and show ring. He is currently winning at Intro level dressage, 2'7" jumpers and has just moved up to Beginner Novice in eventing. Our goal is to end the year with a couple of recognized horse trials at the Beginner Novice level. We are thrilled with his sensible nature and desire to please.
Bretton Woods - Thoroughbred - Due in April
Sparrow's Tiptoes - Connemara x TB - Due in May
Downtown Alley - Thoroughbred - Due in June
February 2017 - 5th place finish in OBN at Poplar Place Horse Trials
January 2017 - 2nd place finish in his BN 3-phase, finished on his dressage score
2016 Year End - Certificates with the ACPS in Dressage, Foxhunting & Jumpers
October 2016 - 6th place finish in his first recognized horse trial at the Beginner Novice level
August 2016 - 5th place finish in his first Beginner Novice 3-phase
July 2016 - 4th place finish on his dressage score in his first 3-phase
June & July 2016 - Numerous wins in the jumper ring
April 2016 - 1st in Intro Test A and 2nd in Intro Test B at his second show under saddle
February 2016 - Two 5th place ribbons in Intro dressage at Poplar Place Farm (first time showing under saddle)
2015 Year End - Silver Medal in-hand with the ACPS
November 2015 - Pony LaPalooza - 1st place Purebred Connemaras, 2nd place Sport Horse/Pony and Reserve Champion Sport Horse/Pony
August 2015 - Region III Show - 2nd place in the 2 y/o and Over Colts & Geldings Class and 2nd place in the Swan Class
July 2014 - 2nd place ACPS Region VII Colts/Geldings & Reserve Champion Colt/Gelding
June 2014 - YHS Series - Qualified for national championships in loose jumping (3rd) and in-hand
2013 Year End - Bronze Medal in-hand with the ACPS
August 2013 - 2nd place Region III Yearling Futurity
June 2013 - 2nd place Sporty Pony, 2nd place Purebred Yearling Connemara, 2nd place Youngstock Trail Class at the Region IV Show
June 2013 - 1st place Purebred Colts 3 & Under at Upperville