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Our two ID colts BRANDON and DAN THE MAN safely sold we bought another filly to accompany SUMAS CAPSICUM (Capitalist-Sumas Katy by Huntingfield Rebel) Then another………….then another!  Two smashing potential high class showjumpers by WOMANIZER and RAMIRO B, and a charming HUNTINGFIELD REBEL/Clover Hill Irish Draught.

See them on YouTube

We are delighted with them all as they represent the best of their type.  The two sport horses are by ISH Approved warmblood stallions and out of top female Irish breeding. i.e. Diamond Serpent/Bahrain/Ozymandias and Cruising/Arctic Que /Rasputin. 

SUMAS FANNY BRICE has gone to get fit with Catriona before going back into work with Steve Smith.  She is delighted to be doing something again though she does love feeding her face all summer in the paddocks. 

SUMAS BLACK FOX won his fifth Event in September and was chosen to represent the Irish Stud Book for 7 year olds at the World Breeding Championships at Lion d’Anger.  Sadly he was a bit sore and the decision to withdraw him was made with a view to more exciting things in the future. (2012 Olympics, maybe??)

His full sister SUMAS MAYBE (VDL Arkansas/Vixen’s Frolic by Horos USA) is going really well for Mike Murphy and now has 138 points. She won 2 good classes against the clock recently and is pictured here jumping

1.30 with ease. Susie says “Royal Penny is still going strong” for those who remember the 13.2 great great great grandma on which she won everything from Show classes to Grade A in the 50s as did her son Foxes Frolic (a gelding by Blue Cliff) in the 60’s.

Our Dutch bred TORITE who is now with Pam Stevenson having had 3 foals for us came over from Scotland to jump very well in Cavan and the same weekend her son ZAK by Hold Up Premier started his career with a win in the 1.10.

And we have one other new addition who is a full time occupation at the moment, Julie the 8 month old German Shepherd.  She is gorgeous!

2 colts entered for

Goresbridge ID sale on Friday 9th October 2009,

Very short video clip on Youtube, please click to view.

Both are weaned, marked and chipped. The mare is not related to either (she is by Huntingfield Rebel and is the dam of the little filly) The big grey colt is by Crosstown Dancer ex Mountain View mare, by Blue Peter. The mother is a fabulous big mare who hunted in the UK for years and is only back to breeding now. She is a half sister to the stallion The Bard, and out of an own sister to Blue Henry.  She is also in the sale (not in video as already weaned)

This is the ONLY Crosstown Dancer entered in the sale.   The chestnut is by Echo King (Flagmount King) out of a Pride of Shaunlara mare, It's an Ology by Pride of Shaunlara.  With his unusual marking he won't make the breed standard but he is all quality with great bone and should make a fantastic big horse in the hunting field or should jump like his dam and at least four other siblings.


As of this moment, Snai SELDANA is the top horse in Europe!  Tomorrow she goes into the Finals as the only horse to have jumped a double clear in the European Championships.

We wish her and her jockey, Natale Chaudani the best of luck.

Well, sadly, that didn't last as Seldana hit two fences in the first round of the Individual Finals so finished out of the medals.  Natale was gutted but he said to the BBC that, (as we know from her time with us) she is a lady with her own mind!  He did get a silver medal with the Italian team however. 


Well, where do I start our congratulations?  Firstly to HUNTINGFIELD REBEL’S sons, CASTLEGAR REBEL  who was the overall colt champion at the IDHBA show in Mullingar last week following on his successful career last year as a foal. Also to his daughter TIEVENNY REBEL LADY who both took 2nd and 3rd prizes from the very strong brood mare classes and was 2nd in the RDS this week for owner Harry Wilson  And another son, Marie McGroarty's EDNAGOR TED was the ID colt foal winner  and Champion Foal overall in the RDS too.


But the two eventers that have been much mentioned in our news recently have again been top of their game.  Stellor Rebound by VDL RICOCHET won an exciting and hard fought class for the title of the best Five yr.old  Future Event Horse in the RDS.

And SUMAS BLACK FOX  (VDL ARKANSAS/ VIXEN’S FROLIC by HOROS) won his first two star Event at Ballindenisk and what’s more Nicola Ennis has been picked with him as a “Stepping Stone” candidate, similar to what Sharon Quigley and Sumas Sound of Music are doing in the U.K, for future international jumpers.

But the biggest surprise at the RDS was the brilliant win of the Italian team in the Aga Khan cup and helped by two excellent rounds from SNAI SELDANA shown here enjoying her grazing at Suma Stud, back in Co. Meath where we reared her from a foal!

Who would have picked her then as the lean, mean machine that she is now!

Finally another offspring of DISTANT MUSIC (dam of Maria and Fanny) made his showing debut, finishing sixth in a strong middleweight 3 yr old class.  SUMAS BONO, by ARD VDL DOUGLAS now rechristened TJM RENEGADE looked fantastic when shown by Margo (M) and prepared by Ted (T) watched by John (J) Connolly and for a future jumper he is an outstanding model.   Hopefully next appearance there will be in the Four Year Old jumpers in 2010.


Bono, now TJM Renegade         Bono as a foal with

                  at RDS                                  with Distant Music    




SUMAS FANNY BRICE has just come home for a summer holiday having made huge strides since starting her career in March with Steve Smith.  She has done everything asked of her, jumped about 18 double clears up to 1.10 and did one 1.20 for experience.

She is still playing “catch-up” having had a foal last year but by 2010 this will level out.

Meanwhile in Holland, SUMAS FUDGE, the 3 yr. old VDL Douglas daughter of SUMA’S COFFEE by VDL Pessoa is being broken by JUDITH RIBBELS who did such a lovely job with both Fanny and Surprise.  She is showing an exceptional jump when loose so if she can translate this ability under saddle we have a winner coming up. She, of course, is for sale to a serious buyer. The Douglas stock are really taking the country by storm now and any number of them are qualified for the RDS.

Our ex inmate VDL RICOCHET  (above) who sadly was gelded after he was turned down for full approval on the ISH, has come up with some excellent results recently.  Sharon Martin’s gelding BALLYCREELY BOY  out of SUMA LITTLE MO by HUNTINGFIELD REBEL was the Champion hunter in Balmoral recently, having previously won the Smalls and was Reserve Supreme.  Also a winner there, THE SPRUCE GOOSE who was by Rico out of a SUMA’S MURPHY’S LAW dam. 




Excelling in the Young event horse classes, the FEHL, Sarah Ennis’ STELLOR REBOUND is an exciting prospect and there are several more on the go. (Pic , the image of his dad)


Some of our older stock have been listed as winning recently, SUMAS FLASHLIGHT (Glenagyle Rebel-Suma’s Light Up by Pride of Shaunlara) won the 1.10 at Balmoral, now aged about 17!  She is an RID but sadly never bred yet.  She is also the “aunt” of Ballycreely Boy!


One other mention must be made (who was not homebred but is the son of Susie’s cousins Stephen and Carolyn L-O’K,) of Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe, aged only 17 but winning the Under 21 British Modern Pentathlon with a score which would have placed 2nd in the Open!  He is a live hope for Ireland in the 2012 Olympics.  He is an excellent rider and that is a great help in this sport.  Well done Arthur!

JUNE 2009

  ...foals, foals, foals...


This is Ology and Danny, (the second born foal) and the other is
Brandon and Duiske (yes, scratch that bit just there please!)

Here are two of our foals, haven't managed to take the middle one yet but Katy had this filly last night.  She is being an excellent mother (Rob ex Crosstown Dancer mare) She is by a lovely Capitol 1 horse, Capitalist who stands nearby at Cullintra Stud, The Rower.

Crosstown Dancer colt (shown with dam,

Kenson's Heaven's Above aka Lottie)

The third one is Duiske, 2008

by Puissance ex Torite by Marlon.

APRIL 2009

SUMA'S FANNY BRICE has just jumped her fourth consecutive double clear and she is gradually getting rid of her matronly belly which she needs to do and to put up jumping muscle. Half sister SUMAS SOUND OF MUSIC is on a well earned rest after performing consistently well on the Sunshine Tour.  She will be back in work soon

We are thrilled to welcome our first foal of the year, BRANDON by CROSSTOWN DANCER out of our newest mare, KENSONS HEAVEN'S ABOVE. Healthy and happy and so is mum.

She was good to us and foaled exactly on 11 months so only 3 nights watching.  Our first ID for six years so we had forgotten how strong they are. He will be grey which is more popular

An update on the last three items. Firstly, the talk in Cookstown went very well with over 200 breeders there.

Daan Horn showed videos of his lovely team of stallions. How beautifully presented they are. Catherine Rudenko from Red Mills gave us a fascinating insight into how easy it is for horses to be overfed and to get ulcers which can cause a lot of pain and of course affect performance. Which is sometimes the only reason riders will try and see what is hurting the horse.

SUMAS BLACK FOX (VDL ARKANSAS) upped his game by coming 2nd in a CNC* at Tyrella and should be winning soon.

STOP PRESS No sooner had I written that than I heard that today also at Tyrella HE WON! Well done Nicola!

Some interesting latecomers to eventing also chalking up their first wins, HUNTINGFIELD CHARLIE (aged 10) by HUNTINGFIELD REBEL winning and LILY TWOHATS   by HOROS U.S.A. (aged 14!) was 3rd also in a One Star at Tyrella.

In the U.K. SUMA'S PRIDE by SUMA'S MURPHY'S LAW won a section of the trials at Goring.

Finally, although we didn't see it as we are both suffering from heavy colds, SUMAS FANNY BRICE  got her first points today at Barnadown, jumping double clear in the main arena.

MARCH 2009

Sumas Fanny Brice

makes her jumping debut with Steve Smith.  A long way to go before she emulates her half sister

Suma Sound of Music!

Although she is now 5 she is only like a 4 yr old having had the unfortunate foal by Indoctro last year.  She has plenty of talent it would seem.

Surveying the ring & in the pocket

SUMAS Black Fox

A nice article about Nicola Ennis showed this picture of SUMAS BLACK FOX competing in 2008.  By VDL ARKANSAS out of VIXENS FROLIC by HOROS U.S.A. he is destined for 2 Star competitions this year.  Another who sold at our Dispersal Sale, to Jody Madden. His own sister SUMAS MAYBE has kicked off this season jumping 120s clear with Michael Murphy.  VIXEN'S FROLIC was a brilliant brood mare, unconventionally bred with a mixture of everything from pony upwards but she had the rare ability to consistently breed jumpers.  The final filly now 5 is with Joanne Sloane Allen called SUMAS ZORRO by VDL DOUGLAS and she is looking very promising too.

Now that spring is showing a bit of its face we start thinking about Breeding again. I have been invited to give a presentation called "Like Mother, Like Daughter" at the Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone on March 18th. It is due to start at 4 o'clock with various workshops on Nutrition, Worming etc. The main speakers kicking off with me at about half seven, then a talk on nutrition and finishing with Daan Horn from Holland on stallions. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.Should be a good night and we hope to see you there.


This site is getting very depressing as yesterday we had more sad news, this time from Canada. GARRYOWEN OF SUMA the dearly loved RID stallion of Barb Bowen and her family suffered a fatal heart attack in his stall.  In 2007 the family had brought him all the way to the IDHS.NA Show near Chicago when they heard I would be there and it was thrilling to see him and a string of his stock who had all inherited the family jump. 


Winter 2009

“Shaun” of course was a full brother to two International showjumpers in CORAL SEA and SUMA’S OSCAR by PRIDE OF SHAUNLARA out of CARLISHEEN MOLLY by SOLOHEAD.  Shaun won the ID foal Championship at the RDS in 1984 and was sold that day to go to Canada.  However, he disappeared into the mire and was only re-discovered about 6 years ago, living in a field with some TB mares and a whole lot of his own daughters.  The Irish Inspectors passed him for full RID and finally he was in a yard that respected both his breeding, his conformation and his potential as a stallion.They loved him to bits and will really miss him.      R.I.P Shaun


GOOD NEWS however from Spain where SUMA SOUND OF MUSIC has gone with the Quigley entourage for the next five weeks. In her first competition in the Grand Tour B she finished 10th with an easily taken clear. 


Everyone who lives in the country knows that where you have livestock you have  deadstock and we have just had the proof of this yet again.  Our lovely Indoctro yearling who had overcome an early damage to his hind leg had to be put down as it had deteriorated badly after it seemed as if it had repaired perfectly.  A financial loss, yes, but also a sad loss of potential and such a charming character. Meanwhile his mother SUMA’S FANNY BRICE, (half sister by VDL Arkansas to SUMA’S SOUND OF MUSIC) has gone into light work with Catriona and has forgotten nothing since she was broken as a 3 year old in 2007. 


DOC last summer


Tales from the Sale

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For those who attended our 2004 Dispersal sale at Ashfield, this is a follow up to see what has happened to the horses that were sold.  All in all they have done very well!

Meanwhile in Spruce Meadows, Canada, Cameron Hanley competed on SOUTHWIND VDL whose dam, Helena is a half-sister to VDL ARKANSAS!

Suma's El Greco (Taloubet VDL ex Brush Strokes) up. He has done very nicely with Owner Victoria Clarke for his first season as a 4 y.o. and been much admired.   

For those who promised to sponsor Susie on giving up smoking, she has made her six month deadline so she will be sending money to the Simon Community and Shelter very soon. Pay up, please!!  








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