Meg is an outstanding mare. Her sire is many times over national champion Welsh Cob, Minyffordds Megastar. Her dam is an extremely well bred Connemara mare and dressage mount. Meg herself is broken both to drive and to ride. She ribboned in two schooling dressage shows this spring, ridden by two different juniors. She has twice been reserve champion in the halfbred division at Connemara brees shows. She is an expert level trail horse, good with hounds, water, Gates, and every type of terrain, and will lead or follow. She has a big and powerful jump and an enthusiasm for it, with blue ribbons in over fences classes as well. She is a big moving and forward pony, with ground manners so fine and tractable that she could be led by the smallest child. Under saddle, because of her power and forwardness, she is most suited for a capable child rider or petite adult. She exemplified the breed motto “Connemaras Do It All!”
Hopscotch or “Hoppy” is the most amazing fellow, with his black mane and tail, and painted buttermilk dun coat color, he is completely unique. He is also tremendously kind hearted. By Blue Ridge Donnelly out of our chestnut paint pony mare Pumpkin, Hopscotch is a sparkling eye catching pony with a future in the hunter show ring. A full brother to Jack O' Lantern, He is scheduled for our fall Training, is refreshing his ground manners, and will
be starting under saddle shortly. This is a very special prospect and we plan to invest a good deal of time in training and campaigning him to reach his high potential.
Mo Chara (my friend in Gaelic) could well have been left a stallion. Out of Woodlands Royal Patience and by Briarpatch Mac, don’t let this sweet baby picture fool you: At maturity he is solidly 15 hands with tremendous bone, type, movement, scope and athleticism. Born bay and now a stunning grey, he is an eye catching fellow indeed. He has a good overstride at the walk, suspension at the trot, and a soft uphill canter. We think he is destined for eventing. UPDATE: Sold to CCI* eventer Ann Baumgardner, we are excited for the future these two have together!
Clapton is so named because of a musical tradition: The Duis family boys are professional musicians (see Melodime), and named many of Daystars ponies. Foundation stallion Briarpatch Mac produced a lovely daughter out of the Oak Hill mare Shillelagh, whom they named Daystars Layla. So of course, her son by Blue Ridge Donnelly is Clapton. :). A classic, big bodied 14.2h bay roan, Clapton is being formally started under saddle this Fall. He has amazing movement!
Be in the ribbons with Jack! At just under 14h, Jack is a small bundle of greatness. Professionally started and placing in each of his classes at Pony Pleasure. Jack is an eyecatching dun roan paint with a beautiful head and eye, and chrome to spare. He is a "look at me!" pony. His overall impression is fancy and his gaits are all quality and correctness. We expect that he will be make up to be a pony hunter hack winner. With his movement and jumping scope he could clean up as an eventer; and with his generous, soft hearted disposition he would make up into a great pony club partner. He is going WTC In training with VHSA hunter champion Kelsi Murray and has been started over fences. look for Jack at additional venues on the hunter show circuit this fall. He’s getting a late start at 11, and so is affordably priced at $5,000 for a fall sale.
Ronan is an 11 year old 15 hand purebred gelding by Blue Ridge Donnelly and out of one of our lovely Briarpatch Mac daughters. He is an extraordinarily good mover, kind and loving, with a light sensitivity to the aids. We see him as a dressage mount and future dancing partner for some lucky rider! He is currently in our training program and had been started under saddle. He also has that big connemara jump and could well excel at eventing! Affordable at $6500 until those spring dressage scores start coming in!