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  Connemara Pony Stallions in Donegal

Ashfield Bobby Sparrow

Donegal is not without its attractions to the breeder or would-be owner. There is little by way of record of the earliest days of breeding in the County but the now-famous Ashfield Bobby Sparrow (444), bred by James Jones, Carlow, was raised by the late John McCaffery, Mountcharles, in Donegal. This pony, that went on to become European Pony Champion, was reared by McCaffery and trained by him; he first stood at stud at Mountcharles where his progeny were all labelled with the prefix Tanatallon and proved themselves worthy of their legendary grandsire Carna Bobby (79).

Drumclounish Stud

In the 1970s another breeder, Dr. George Luke, brought his stallion Drumclounish Teige (676) into Donegal and the mare Drumclounish Silver (6768), carrying the blood of the mare Finola of Leam (3036). In 1982 he imported the colt Coosheen Thyme (840), bred by Elizabeth Petch, Cork, son of the well-known Coosheen Finn (381), and spread these excellent genes here under the prefix Drumclounish.

Clonkeehan Captain Cook

Patricia Keane, Templepatrick, Co.Antrim, was a great influence in Donegal through her Clonkeehan Captain Cook (423), known at home as Jamie, and whose progeny was labelled Sweetwall.

Dunlewey Stud

Kieran Guinness and his family, of Dunlewey, have promoted the Connemara here for many years bringing stallions to the mountains of north-west Donegal. These have included Dunlewey Sonny Jim (690), Milford Siskin (788) Abbeyleix Fionn (810) and Stradbally Bill (900). With the Guinness prefix Dunlewey these have all left their mark on the Connemara ponies being kept and bred in Donegal.

Bruckless Stud

Over the years, Bruckless House has been home to a number of acclaimed Connemara stallions. In 1974 Ashfield Bobby Sparrow spent a winter under saddle at Bruckless. To establish a stud, Ashfield Alex (711) was sent to Bruckless by the CPBS where he remained for some four years, siring some good stock including the mare Bruckless Enya (9406) and improving local stock both Connemara and others.

When Ashfield Alex was sold to England, James Jones loaned his Granard Storm (737) to Clive Evans where he stayed at home, continuing the improvement of pony-breeding in Donegal. After three years, Storm moved to Cleggan, the home of Ivan Stewart, near Dunfanaghy, serving ponies, both Connemara and others in the north of the county, right up to the present time.

In the meantime, in 1986 Clive Evans bought a colt foal from George Luke that became Drumclounish Davog (879). When two years old, Davog was passed as a stallion and spent the following two years with Ivan Stewart before returning to Bruckless for his attendance at the CPBS' first Performance Testing in 1989/90. Davog continued to perform well at dressage and qualified for the northern dressage championship in 2000. Sadly he became cast in his box in February 2000 and died - he rests under the turf at Bruckless House, mourned and missed by his friends and the whole family.




Clive and Joan Evans, Bruckless House, Bruckless, Co. Donegal, Ireland

phone: +353 74 9737 071 / fax: +353 74 9737 070

email: bruc@bruckless.com