*TBS Declan Pondi
2012 Connemara Stallion
By Dexter Leam Pondi x Dandy Sparrow x Ashfield Bobby Sparrow
Imported from Kilkenny, Ireland in September of 2012
ACPS Inspected & Approved
Heterozygous Grey from Buckskin Roan
8 3/4" Bone
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.
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.
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.