*TBS Declan Pondi
2012 Connemara Stallion
By Dexter Leam Pondi x Dandy Sparrow x Ashfield Bobby Sparrow
- 1st Place Colts/Geldings - Upperville, 2013
- Reserve Champion Yearling Futurity - Region III Show, 2013
- ACPS Silver Medal In-Hand - 2015
- High Score Dressage Champion - Region IV Show, 2017
- Reserve Champion Purebred of the Day - Region IV Show, 2017
- Reserve Champion Jumper - Region IV Show, 2017
- USDF High Score Champion @ Poplar Place - September 2017
- Qualified for AEC's in OBN - 2017
- 3rd Place GDCTA Year End OBN - 2017
- In the ribbons in every HT entered
- Hunting in 1st Field & Whipping-in
- ACPS Bronze Medal in Eventing - 2017
- ACPS Bronze Medal in Foxhunting - 2017
- ACPS Bronze Medal in Dressage - 2017
- 3rd Place Poplar Place HT May 2018 - Novice
- 3rd Place Chatt Hills HT May 2018 - Novice
- Imported from Kilkenny, Ireland in September of 2012
- ACPS Inspected & Approved
- Heterozygous Grey from Buckskin Roan
- 14.1 Hands
- 8 3/4" Bone
- HWSD N/N
- Standing for $800 in 2019
- Fresh cooled semen for AI only
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.
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.
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.
Declan began his riding career at the age of three, spending his first year under saddle hacking on the trails, roading hounds and learning the dressage basics. Even in those early days, his willingness to please and a great work ethic were obvious. He started showing under saddle in early 2016, and his exceptional temperament was evident by his quiet and mannerly behavior on the show grounds. In the fall of 2016 his foxhunting career started; he began whipping in with a buddy, and proved that he could behavior respectably in company. He also completed in his first horse trial late that fall, finishing in the ribbons. Declan continued with steady progress into 2017, completing four more horse trials at the Beginner Novice level, always in the ribbons, and culminating with a 3rd place finish in the year end awards with GDCTA. He attended his first recognized USDF show, won both classes, and finished high score AA Champion of the day. In the 2017-2018 hunt season, he became Megan's most reliable mount to ride in the field, and he hunted with four different packs - Bear Creek, Midland, Mooreland & Blue Ridge - including a trek to Blue Ridge territory for a week of hunting at Thanksgiving.
Declan moved up to the Novice level in the spring of 2018, and finished two horse trials successfully. He has had a very busy breeding season, so he'll be taking a break from showing over the warmer summer months, and will pick back up in the fall.