2002 Grey Mare (Castle Baron x Glenormiston Ballycara by Domo Cavallo Praize)
HWSD Status: N/N
Height: 14.3 1/2hh
After quickly realising what an amazing pony we had in our first Connemara, Glenormiston Killian, we purchased his full sister Glenormiston Ballymalloe and broke her in here at home. A truly amazing mare who bonded with Ashley right from the very beginning and they formed a formidable team. Initially we thought that she would be way too much ‘horse’ for a little girl as at almost 15hh she is a very powerful mare but again the Connemara temperament shone through and even as a young horse she came right back to her then 9 year old rider.
Just like her full brother, ‘Bally’ excelled at both Showjumping and Eventing as well as the Working Hunter classes.
Ashley and Bally walked into their first competition arena together in 2012 at the Hawkesbury Agricultural Show and took out the blue ribbon in the Novice Working Hunter Trial, they also competed at the 2012 State Pony Club Jumping Equitation Championships followed by a very successful trip to the Connemara Pony Showcase in Victoria and finished the year taking out the Hi Point Purebred Connemara award at the Scone Showjumping Club’s Working Hunter Trials!
2013 was an amazing year for the combination, they graded up to B Grade Showjumping and Preliminary EA Eventing with many successes along the way. They jumped 1.20m at the Cudgegong Jump Club competition, a huge feat considering Ashley was all of 12 years old at the time, and threw in the odd sporting day just to mix things up! The pinnacle of their year was winning the NSW State Title Under Saddle in the CPBSA Performance Awards!
Glenormiston Ballymalloe has produced a magnificent Holsteiner X filly for us and is now teaching numerous young children to ride, ably coached by Ashley. An amazing team and testament to the Connemara temperament!