Bay 1997 (Abbeyleix Owen x Castle Dame by Mervyn Kingsmill)
Asham Connemaras and Sporthorses are heartbroken to announce the sudden passing of Castle Baron.
Castle Baron was a true gentleman and one year with him was way too short. His legacy will live on through all his amazing progeny right around the world and the only comfort that we can take is that he is now grazing greener pastures alongside Sue where he belongs.
Castle Baron (Henry) was bred by Henry O'Toole of Castle Connemaras in Clifden, Ireland and imported to Australia by Mrs Sue Clarke to stand at stud at Glenormiston Connemaras in Queensland. Due to the sad and sudden passing of Sue we were fortunate enough to have been allowed the opportunity to stand this amazing stallion in NSW.
He was a stunning pony with a blue blooded pedigree carrying the famous Village lines on his dam's side and littered with Clifden winners. His two full sisters Castle Countess and Castle Urchin were both awarded Supreme Champion at Clifden, Ireland. Castle Urchin has since gone on to produce a Clifden winner herself in Castle Jewel.
His full brother Castle Comet is hugely successful in England and was Supreme Champion and Ridden Champion at the English Breed Show as well as becoming the first Connemara pony to win Champion of Champions (against all comers) at the Horse of the Year Show in Britain. He also won the double awards at the Horse of the Year Show and Olympia - a first for any Connemara Pony as well as being Champion at the RDS in Dublin. Both parents of these 4 famous siblings, Abbeyleix Owen and Castle Dame were Clifden winners. This is truly a remarkable family.
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Castle Baron was twice the Supreme All Breeds Champion Pony of the Show at the biggest pony show in Queensland - the Stud Pony Show. He won Supreme All Breeds Stallion of the same show for 4 years in a row. He has been awarded many Supreme Championships in both Connemara classes and against all pony breeds in Australia since his arrival in Australia as a 2 year old . Unfortunately Castle Baron did not continue his career under saddle due to a lack of suitable riders at the time
Castle Baron was a pony that exuded quality and was extremely typical of the breed with wonderful bone and a magnificent temperament. His foals have proven to be just as attractive and typey as their sire and inherit his wonderful laid back temperament. The very first Connemara pony that we purchased is the brilliant gelding Glenormiston Killian, by Castle Baron. Due to the amazing temperament and jumping ability displayed by Glenormiston Killian we then purchased his full sister Glenormiston Ballymalloe and also another full sister Glenormiston Ballybelle. Glenormiston Slieveroe is another Castle Baron gelding that is just starting on his competitive riding career. Our faith in the progeny of Castle Baron is self evident in the ponies that I trust to keep my children safe. The opportunity to purchase and stand Castle Baron and to continue to breed amazing ponies like these was a huge step in the future of Asham Connemaras and Sporthorses and he was a true asset to our breeding programme.
Castle Baron currently has progeny in every state of Australia as well as New Zealand, Germany and the USA and has progeny winning Championships in all four countries.
In 2005 the filly Glenormiston Annashee (Castle Baron - Glenormiston Abbeylara) travelled to Germany being the first Connemara pony ever to travel back to Europe from Australia.
Annashee was judged Champion filly at the Southern German Connemara show in 2007 and in 2008 she was judged Champion of all Pony Breeds at the 2-weeks-performance contest in Baden-Württemberg. She won against all breeds including the German Riding ponies in loose-jumping, dressage and rideability under several riders and scored by different judges.
Fortunately we do have his magnificent stallion son Glenormiston Bartley standing at stud and we have retained another superb colt by Castle Baron called Asham Duntroon for future stallion duties.
Some photos and information used with the kind permission of Glenormiston Connemaras and Castle Connemaras, Ireland.