*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
- 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
- In the ribbons in every HT entered
- Hunting in 1st Field & Whipping-in
- 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
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.
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 Training level dressage, 2'7" jumpers and eventing successfully at the Beginner Novice level. He hunted the entirity of the 2016 - 2017 season, whipping in and hunting in the field. We are thrilled with his sensible nature and desire to please.