2012 Connemara Stallion

By Dexter Leam Pondi x Dandy Sparrow x Ashfield Bobby Sparrow

The Basics

  • 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

  • Fresh cooled semen for AI - $800 in 2020 - LIMITED BOOK!

  • Frozen semen available - $400/dose


  • 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

  • Hunting in 1st Field & Whipping-in - 2016, 2017, 2018

  • ACPS Bronze Medal in Eventing - 2017

  • ACPS Bronze Medal in Foxhunting - 2017

  • ACPS Bronze Medal in Dressage - 2017

  • 8th Place USEF HOTY Purebred Connemara Eventing - 2017

  • Qualified for AEC’s in ON - 2018

  • 3rd Place USEF HOTY Purebred Connemara Eventing - 2018

  • 2nd Place ACPS USEA Novice Level Purebred Connemara - 2018

  • ACPS Silver Medal in Eventing - 2018

  • ACPS Silver Medal in Foxhunting - 2018

  • USEA Area III Championships - Sr Novice Champion - 2019

  • FIVE wins at the Novice level in 2019, all on his dressage score, ranging from a 25 - 30


2019 Eventing Season

Declan is currently ranked #1 on the USEF Purebred Connemara in Eventing Leaderboard & #1 Pony on the USEA Leaderboard

Feb Pine Top HT - 1st Place

March Chatt Hills HT - 1st Place

March Poplar Place HT - 2nd Place

April Chatt Hills HT - 3rd Place

May Poplar Place HT - 1st Place

June Area III Championships - Sr. Novice Champion (1st place)

Aug River Glen HT - 1st Place


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.

Dexter Leam Pondi

Dexter Leam Pondi Fontainebleau 2007

Dandy Sparrow & Declan - July 2012

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. She is pictured below in her 20’s.

About Declan

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 14.1+ hds. 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 behave 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, he got a couple of horse trials in before breeding season was in full swing. This fall he’s had three outings, finishing in the ribbons every time out. He wrapped up the season with a 2nd place finish at FENCE HT on a score of 24.1! Declan has taken 2019 by storm at the Novice level, winning 5 of his 8 outings, all on his dressage score. The plan is to move him up to Training Level in the fall.



2019 Area III Championships

Area III Championships - Stadium

Declan schooling xc at Chatt Hills 3.8.19

Declan schooling xc at Poplar Place 2.24.19

Pine Top HT 02.09-10.19 - 1st Place Novice

BCH Opening Meet 2018

Novice Test A @ Chatt Hills HT 09.01-02.18

BCH Opening Meet 2017

Through Declan's Ears - Hunting with BRH 2017

BCH Opening Hunt 2016