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Our Foundation

Our Connemara Halfbreds by *Grange Finn Sparrow; Sparrow's Owen, Sparrow's Emma, Sassy Sister & Sparrow's Tiptoes.

*Grange Finn Sparrow was born in 1975 at Grange Stud in Bunclody, Ireland. Bred by Lady Maria Levigne, 'Finn' as he was originally known, was by the stallion, Coosheen Finn and out Dun Sparrow. He won Clifden as a young stallion, and was sold to Willie Leahy as a performance pony and breeding stallion. Willie's children competed the pony in the jumpers and hunted him. 'Grange' (then known as Finn) also spent a short stint in Austria where he left his mark on the fledgling society there.

In 1985 Willie shipped Grange to Harry DeLeyer in the USA. Grange jumped on the circuit in the states, competing in both the jumper and hunter rings, and doing a bit of foxhunting too. He eventually made his way to Jennifer 'Tootie' Jones in West Virginia where he lived the last 15+ years of his life. Tootie did an exceptional job finding superior performance mares to breed to Grange, and she certainly made her mark on sport horse breeding on the East Coast. Two of his offspring made it to the 4* level, contesting Rolex Kentucky, and many, many more competed at the upper levels. Seven offspring, both purebred and halfbred Connemaras, made it to the Advanced level. He has sired individuals that competed in upper level dressage, one of whom was in Lendon Gray's Dressage 4 Kids program; top jumpers, Pony Finals contenders, foxhunters and even a son that competed on Allison Stroud's famous four-in-hand driving team.

He lived to the ripe old age of 35, and was buried in the hills of WV.