Connemaras athletic ability is recognized and noteworthy in the accomplishments of today's rising stars currently in numerous disciplines. How ever, are you aware of some of yeasterdays Connemara and Halbred Connemara athletes?
In 1935 at the International Horse Show, Olympis London, the 15h Connemara Gleding nugget bacme a Legendary show jumper. At the age of 22 he cleard a 7'2" jump and subequently won ver 300 prizes internationaly,earning over 4,500 pounds sterling in prize mony.
At Madison square Garden , New York, in 1935. Little Squire stand at only 13'2" h won the open Championship by clearing fences of 7 ft. The American press dube him the" Littlest horse with the biggest Heart"
Tommy Wade's 15h Connemara gelding became Supreme Champion at the" Wembley Horse of the Year Show "when he set a record by clearing a 7' 2" puissance wall. In 1961, he was regarded as show jumper of the century when he won five major events at the Dublin Horse Show. It was the first time in history that so many awards were won by the same rider, let alone on the same horse! He was the International Jumping Champion from 1959 to 1963.
Was a Halfbred Connemara at 14.1h He became the only pony to ever compete at the Olympic Games. He was a member of the British Team competing in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, ridden by Marion Coakes. He Won the Inividual Bronze Medal, he was only 4 points behind the gold. He was one of only 2 horses to jump a clear round in the entire 1968 Olympics clearing a puissance fence of 6'10"
Also known as the Bionic Pony, was a Connemara/Thoroughbred X ridden by Mary Anne Tauskey. They Competed in the 1975 Pan American Games as members of the USET which won the Gold Medal in the Three Day Event In 1976 they were members Of the United States Three Day event Team: again, they were members of the Gold Medal winning team.
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In 1985, two of the top six Grand Prix USDF "Horse Of the Year Awards" went to two Connemara Halfbreds. Lendon Gray has earned world recognition while riding these two horses in upper leavel International Dressage Competitions.
During his long career Rocky won both the An Tostal and Camlin Trophies and earned gold medallions from the ACPS in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage and Combined Training. He was Champion Connemara In-Hand at Woodstock in '77, '78, '79. In open competition, he won awards Championships from the Washington State Horseman's Council in Dressage, Adult Amateur Hunter and Jumper, Small and Working Hunter. He took the Championship in USCTA Area VII in Adult Training Level and USDF All-Breed First and First Level Dressage in 1988, his last year of competition. Rocky will always be seen and remembered for he is the 1990 model for the Breyer horse model: Rocky, Champion Connemara Stallion.
GB is the "winningest stallion of any breed in the history of Combined Training". Partnered since 1988 with rider Carol Koslowski of Geneseo, NY, GB moved quickly through the Preliminary ranks finishing second three times in 1990 to the delight of his breeders and owners, Ed and Jackie Harries.
In 1991, his win at the MCTA Horse Trials, a highly regarded event with a notoriously tough cross-country course, against some stiff competitions gave some indications of the talent in that compact body. Wins at Preliminary at Winona, OH and Geneseo, NY only further encouraged Carol and the Harrises to test their little stallion. However, it was his win at the Groton Horse Trials later that year, in a division that included riders like Bruce Davidson, Mike Plumb and Denny Emerson, that really told Carol and the Harrises this was one special pony. In the next three years he became a favorite of the eventing world with remarkable performances at almost all the major shows on the East Coast.
oung, charismatic stallion of incredible presence, Erin Go Bragh began 1995 by winning three second-level classes at the Lake Erie College Dressage Show, followed it up by winning his Open Intermediate divisions at Far Hill and at the Middleburg Horse Trials, finally becoming the AHSA's Zone 2 Advanced Horse Trials champion for 1995 as well as the USCTA's Connemara of the Year. These awards are only the latest of a long string of triumphs for this son of Erin Smithereen and Hideaway's Centerfold. Go Bragh is also successful in the breeding shed counting among his successful progeny, the marvelous half-breed Tilly Go Bragh.