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News and Updates

01st February 2013

All news and updates will be published here throughout the year.

Rathcoona Cove(Shannon) is in foal to Lecarrow King and due June 2013.
Canal Lorna is being worked to compete in various ridden and in hand formats throughout 2013, hopefully exceeding the successes achieved throughout 2012.
Connla Roisin will be shown in hand, may be backed and probably put in foal in 2013.
Connla Aibreann(April) will be shown in hand throughout 2013.

2012 News and Updates

21st July 2012

We travelled to the BCPS In Hand Show at Moreton Morrell, have great success, and come back with Connla Aibreann winning the Foal Championship.

Good day all round with good results;

Rathcoona Cove-1st-Class 18-Broodmare 9-13 with foal at foot.
Connla Aibreann-1st-Class 14-Filly Foal. BCPS Foal Champion.
Connla Roisin-4th-Class 6-2YO Filly.
Canal Lorna-5th-Class 24-Pure Bred Mare 4YO+  

07th July 2012

Canal Lorna travelled to the Eastern Counties Area Connemara Show at Norton Heath Equestrian Centre, Blackmore, Essex.

Firstly competing in the Novice Ridden for Pure Bred Connemara Class, ridden by Lauren Ryan, they came through to be awarded 1st place.

Later, they competed in the In Hand, Mare and Gelding 4 YO+ Class, again coming through to be awarded 1st place.

A good day all round, well done to the Eastern Region Group organisers.

14th June 2012

Connla Stoirm (Fergus) has now returned having been backed and is coming on very well.

This lovely pony may be offered for sale sometime in the near future.

02nd June 2012

Canal Lorna and Connla Roisin today travelled to the Norfolk Native/Eastern Connemara show at Yaxham, Dereham.

Canal Lorna took part in the dressage and in hand classes. 
The introductory and preliminary dressage classes produced results of 2nd and 5th respectively, we are pleased with her performance, which in terms of show size and attendance was a new experience for her and will be beneficial in her development.
The pure bred, native, 4yo and over in hand class followed, in which she took 1st place.

Connla Roisin, (2yo filly Rathcoona Cove/Lecarrow King), for who this was the first time out in nearly a year, took part in the pure bred, 3yo and under class, was awarded 4th place. 

28th May 2012

Our mare Shannon (Rathcoona Cove) and filly foal, April (Connla Aibreann) today went off to vist Henrietta Knight's Lecarrow King. 
Shannon will be covered by Lecarrow King in the near future. 

20th May 2012

Canal Lorna, having been backed in early 2012, has began competing in Introductory dressage competitions around the eastern counties.
All the hard work is standing to her, she has taken to it very well and has come in 1st in all three events entered over the past weeks. 

01st April 2012

Our mare Rathcoona Cove today foaled a gorgeous filly, by Lecarrow King, called April, she will be named Connla Aibreann, which is April in Irish.  

2011 News and Updates

27th July 2011

Following the National Breed show last week, today was our Eastern Reigon Connemara Show. As Canal Lorna missed out on a trip last week, she made up for it today! She won her class (3yo filly and gelding) and then went on to claim 'Reserve Youngstock Champion!'  

17th July 2011

It was the British Connemara Pony Breed show at Moreton Morrell today, and Connla Stud came home with some ribbons! 'Connla Roisin' was 2nd in a big Yearling Filly class, then went forward to the Yearling Championship and came away with Reserve! 

Her Dam Rathcoona Cove then went into the 'Broodmare 4yo and over with Certificate of Service' class, and won the class!  

30th June 2011

We attended the Royal Norfolk Show today and came home with good results, Rathcoona Cove was 2nd the in M&M in Hand Large breeds class, beating a healthy class including stallions. Canal Lorna was 4th in a large youngstock class.

May 2011

Canal Lorna won another Youngstock class today at Woodbridge Horse Show! 

April 2011

Finally Spring has arrived! No foals due this year unfortunatley but Rathcoona Cove has been covered by Lecarrow King again so we have our fingers crossed she is scanned in foal shortly.
We have also begun our show season with some great results, Canal Lorna's first show she was 2nd and this week at Ipswich Horse Society she won the In hand M&M class! Connla Roisin also had her first outing and behaved very well. Lets hope May contintues to be a good month!

January 2011

All the ponies have coped well with the cold weather and the snow we had before Christmas. Roisin was weaned in November and is looking well, we are planning to show her in hand this year. Shannon has just come back into work and is enjoying herself! We are aiming to fitten her up after 3 years of foals and take her to some shows as well this year. We are also planning to sending her back to Lecarrow King this year as we are so pleased with Roisin. We also said goodbye to her first foal 'Connla Realta Reatha'  who was sold to a lovely family and we wish them all the best together!

2010 News and Updates

5th June 2010

Shannon delivered a filly foal this morning by Lecarrow King! Our first Connemara filly for Connla Stud!More pictures to follow shortly.

May 2010

We are very excited about our latest addition 'Canal Lorna'. She is a 2yo filly that has come to us from the heart of Connemara. Brought from Padraig Hynes at his 'Canal Connemara Pony Stud,' we hope she will make a successful broodmare for the future. Please see our Broodmares page for more information.

March 2010

2009 News and Updates

Knockboy Lad has gone to be professionally schooled at Carron Nicols showjumping yard. Please see 'For Sale' Page for more details.

7th October 2009

We have had a great day out at Horse of the Year Show today and are extremely pleased for Henrietta Knight as Lecarrow King has won Ridden Connemara of the Year! Rathcoona Cove is in foal to him for 2010. He has had an amazing season and we are looking forward to Olympia which he has also qualified for!

6th August 2009

We are thrilled that Rathcoona Cove has been covered and scanned in foal to 'Lecarrow King' who is currently on top form on the showing circuit. He is a wonderful stamp of pony, very true to type and we are hoping he is a good match for Rathcoona Cove!

10th July 2009

An emotional farewell today to Storm (Rowley), who has been sold to a very good home and surely will go on to be a success.

He was with us for 3 years, having been bought and brought over from Ireland. He had many fine results when shown in hand at several quality shows.

Gone, but never forgotten, we wish him well, and will surely meet again.

5th June 2009

Rathcoona foaled her second foal to Dunlewey Rigmarole this morning, a very healthy black colt! We are very pleased with him! More pictures to follow.

2008 News and Updates

December 2008

Both foals have now been weaned and are currently for sale, please call for further details.

21st August 2008

Curraghmore Cashel (Storm's Sire) was Reserve Supreme Champion at Clifden Show today! Kingstown Dana, a broodmare from the Kingstown Stud took Supreme. Please click on pictures to enlarge them.

6th August 2008

Storm's sire has had a big success at the Royal Dublin Show, winning the Connemara Stallion Class!

28th July 2008

Rathcoona Cove has been scanned in foal to Dunlewey Rigmarole. We hope for as high quality foal as Connla Réalta Reatha.

22nd July 2008

We had a succesful day at the British Connemara Pony Society Eastern Region show, please see our results section for all news.

25th May 2008

Arrow Peruna produced a lovely black Colt this evening by Pilgrim's Excalibur, both mare and foal are doing well.

27th April 2008

Rathcoona Cove produced a colt foal in the early hours of the morning. Born bay with a large star, we are very pleased with him.

4th March 2008

There is a new addition to Connla Stud, broodmare Arrow Perunawho is currently in foal to Pilgrims Exalibur. She is due at the end of May and this will be her 4th foal. She is a full sister to the stallion Arrow Javelin and has been previously used as a performance pony herself. Our other broodmare Rathcoona Cove is due on the 25th April.  

2007 News and Updates

31st October 2007

As winter looms, we are currently doing last minute fencing and other odd jobs that need doing while the weather isn't too bad! Ardnasella Lad is being prepared for next years breaking in, he is happily being lunged and getting used to his tack and so far all has gone well! Storm is now being ridden daily and is happy hacking out round the village and being schooled! We will be aiming him at Novice Ridden next season.

1st September 2007

Storm and Rickamore Archer went along to the National Amateur Showing Championships today. Archie came 3rd in the Open Youngstock class, Storm came 5th in the open M&M class and later came 3rd in the M&M Large Breeds in hand class! We are very pleased to be able to qualify for this show and we will definately be going along to the Winter Championships!

26th August

We took Storm and Rickamore Archer to the Eye Country show today to both compete in the In hand M&M Largre Breeds Youngstock class. Another very good day as Storm won the classand Rickamore Archer came in 3rd! Very pleasing!  

25th July

Rickamore Archer and Storm travelled to Towerlands for the British Connemara Society Eastern Region In hand and Ridden Show. Rickamore Archer was 2nd in the 2 year old Purebred fillies and geldings class, and also claiming the Best Gelding Rosette! Storm experienced his first time in the ring in the 3 year old Purebred fillies and geldings class and came away a worthy 2nd! A very good result not only for his first show but against the very good competition and we were very pleased to be judged by the racing trainer and Connemara breeder, Henrietta Knight! Another good day all round!

14th July

Rickamore Archer was taken to his first show today. Tendring Hundered is a large show with all sorts of agricultural classes. Archie won his class, the In hand Mountain and Moorland Large Breeds along with a Special rosette for Best Connemara In Show. He then went forward into the Championship and won this also! He was impeccably behaved for a two year old at his first show! We are all extremely pleased!  


Rathcoona Cove has been scanned and has been confirmed in foal! She will be due mid April! We are all very excited to be having our first foal next year!


Rathcoona Cove has been at Biddesden stud for 3 weeks and has been covered by DUNLEWEY RIGMAROLE. Fingers crossed she is in foal!!!


We have purchased our first Connemara Broodmare called Rathcoona Cove. She is by Moy Hazy Cove out of a mare by Westside Fred. She is a beautiful type, plenty of bone and has bred before, as coincidently, we have her first foal, STORM. We will choose a stallion for her over the next few months.

Connla Ri

Shannon and Lauren-January 2013.

Canal Lorna and Lauren

Rathcoona Cove and Connla Aibreann with trophies

Canal Lorna at Eastern Counties Connemara Show

Connla Stoirm aka Fergus

Canal Lorna at Dereham

Dereham-Norfolk Native/Eastern Connemara Rosettes

Canal Lorna and Lauren Ryan.

New filly foal April, born on 1st April 2012

Canal Lorna - July 2011

Rathcoona Cove winning her class

Canal Lorna 1st place IHS M&M Youngstock

Shannon on her 1st ride in 3 years!
Filly foal by Lecarrow King
Canal Lorna May 2010
Lecarrow King winning at HOYS 2009

Connla Coinneach August 2009

Rathcoona Cove colt foal 2009, Connla Coinneach .

Arrow Peruna's colt foal August 2008

Ardnasella Lad, Oct 2007

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Storm coming 3rd at the Amateur National Champs

Rickamore Archer, 2nd at the Eastern BCPS Show

Rathcoona Cove (August 2007)

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