moving and unpacking....stay tuned....
in the process of moving........ We can be reached via
phone, 086 2695787
tuned for more info, coming soon.
of foals: Distant Glen is sold (via the internet picture!)
man who already owns a Glennridge in the UK.
is going to the VDL Stud.
date is coming ever nearer and having not had time to find a new
home we have had a very kind offer to take a house at the Castle
estate in Longford. So our new address is "Gamekeepers cottage",
Forbes, Newtownforbes, Co. Longford. Still available at the mobile
of 086 2695787.
Rebel sired the top selling RID mare, Suma's Blueprint,
at the National Registered Irish Draught Sale in Cavan Equestrian
a difference a bath makes! Fetching 18,000 euro at Cavan Irish
year. Good luck to her new owner, Sarah Lait with this super star
Rebel and The
Ashfield in 2003
Rebel also sired the Champion at the Native Challenge,
winning the Farmlay Eggs Purebred Irish Draught
Championship, was Patricia Hanna’s MILLHOLLOW COOL MAN gr g 9yr
s by Huntingfield Rebel, who was 2nd in the ridden class for pure
bred Irish Draughts 6 yrs or over, 2nd Dressage class for pure
breds, 2nd in showjumping, and 3rd in Cross Country.
sadly we are without a stallion in the yard for the first time
years. We decided that we would not be in a position to stand
REBEL at stud
next year so our friends, (and one-time pupil) Olive and Ivor
Stud, Loughrea are taking him for the
season. He is so adaptable that he settled in straight away and
treating him just like we do, time in a paddock, hacking out,
and plenty of
attention and company. We have many clients in Galway who will
to have Rob much nearer even though he will still be AI only.
We are sure they will do any excellent job and all future enquiries
be directed to them at 09097 45599.
Texeira, the Brazilian who has been riding our two ex resident
stallions for the VDL Stud has done really well at Lanaken.
TALOUBET, the 5 y.o. with a clear the first day had 4 faults on
the 2nd day but finished on a great note with a clear in the Consolation.
Meanwhile PESSOA jumped clear in the Sires of the World Warm up,
beating his older half brother Montreal, then in only his 2nd
1.50 outing had 4 faults a bit too slowly to go into the 2nd round. Still
an excellent effort for this inexperienced 8 yr old.
Watch out for TALOUBET'S final Irish crop of foals, not only our
for sale privately but in Cavan next week.
ARKANSAS's first crop continue to impress. Last night in
the 4 yr old final that he himself won in 2001, two of his daughters
were in the money.
Also Don Hadden received €11.000 for his filly at Goresbridge
last week to that excellent judge Michael Quirke.
few more snaps of the June and July born foals, Glen and Tabitha.
(left) Tabitha's rear and Distant Glen (sold)
Suma (Nellie) mum of Tabitha (by Taloubet VDL)
looking for genuine buyers for these two and Cloudburst (Chellano
heard the exciting news that Taloubet is competing at the World
Young Horse Breeding Chs. in Lanaken ridden by the Brazilian
Vitor Texeira. He is having a good time with Pessoa too.
had tremendous reaction to our news looking for new homes and
I'm delighted to say that Disco, Colourpaint, Odette, Tommy the
teaser, & Cosmo have all found new homes. For some
the queue was quite long!
available are the foals, all to be sold privately
this year, no sales. They are chipped and marked and ready
to go. Please tell your friends. Details
of the foals can be read and seen in the August News
Our Stud figured in
lots of results at last weeks RDS Dublin Show. Firstly, our
homebred 4 y.o.Suma’s Sound of Music jumped like a seasoned
pro to finish 4th in the 2nd qualifier. Her rider NiamhHannon
may be inexperienced as a jump jockey but is NOT an amateur
as previously stated! She gave her a most beautiful ride and
the future looks bright for “Maria”
In the Irish Draughts
we had to be content with the backbreedingof the winners. Congrats.
To Pat Hennessy with the Champion foal out of Suma’s Opposition
(Glenagyle Rebel/The Thatcherite) Inthe Young Mare class,
Michael Neville’s daughter of Suma’s Little Red
(Glenagyle Rebel/Carlisheen Molly) was 2nd in a very strong
line-up. As always, offspring of Crosstown Dancer featured
in all classes including part of the combination mare and foal
which came 2nd in the Breeders Cup. The winner though
was another Suma granddaughter, Jim Tempany’sLeader Star
who is out of our Pride of Shaunlara homebred Oh Carol, long
since owned by Luke Morley. Oh Carol also had a fabulous
time at the National Breed Show with her Huntingfield Rebel
daughter winning the 3 y.o filly class followed by the
Young Stock Championship.
was presented with an IDHS Breeders Award at the RDS 3rd August
2005. George Draper, Chairman of the Breeders Committee
read aloud the achievements of Suma Stud and their influence
over the years on the Irish Draught Horse.
Marily accepted the
award on behalf of herself and Susie.
we finally move we are looking for good homes for some of our
Tommy the teaser. 7 y.o. vasectomised, 13.2hh, as decent a pony
as you could find, quite the best teaser we ever had as he will
walk through a field or tease at a bar and is still mannerly.
Lives out, comes running to be caught, a real gem. Available
now. Found new home!
Colourpaint (Brush Strokes) 1990 skewbald. 16.1 h.h. By Hillview
Warpaint ex Uncle Walter mare, g.d. by Primal. In foal to CAPTAIN
CLOVER, I.S.H. by Clover Hill
gentle quality tri-coloured who has thrown 5 coloureds. Lovely
quiet ride, we have had her since a foal. Her progeny are dearly
loved by those who own them, all have extravagant movement and
size. We would love to keep an interest in the prospective foal
as Capt. Clover is getting stacks of jumpers. Home must be approved
by us. Found new home!
Suma’s Disco. 1989 Gr. RID by Pride of Shaunlara ex Softee.
Champion ID yearling and RDS winner. Super ride as youngster,
now in foal to WELCOME FLAGMOUNT R.I.D. and Grade A jumper.
Very rarely is a mare of this quality offered. Home must be
Approved by us. Found new home!
Disco with Susie
This years foals are as
good as we have ever bred and include two outstanding European/Irish
colts by CHELLANO Z (Contender, sire of new European Champion
Montender) and VDL Glennridge. (One time Olympic prospect, sire
of Glenn etc.)
are both by Horos U.S.A., one jumped to Grade A, the other untried
but her first foal by VDL INDOCTRO, has qualified for the RDS
Four year olds.
a super looking black colt by TALOUBET VDL, very athletic and
quality and a show-worthy liver chestnut filly out of RDS Show
hunter winner. These foals are eating hard food and will be
weaned at the end of September.
CHELLANO Z colt foal,
Cloudburst SS Z out of Suma's Sky's Ablaze
VDL GLENNRIDGE colt
foal (sold) out of Distant Music
Boys playing men,
Hutch between Basil (left) and Taliban
Nadia, Gigi and her
adopted foal, Cloudburst in rear
Taliban, by Taloubet
Ginnetts Nadia is
the dam of below Odette,
and seen here with
her TALOUBET VDL foal, Giselda.
Ginnetts Odette 2002 Ch.f. by VDL ARKANSAS ex Ginnetts
Nadia, dam of above. Approx. 165cm. In foal to the Thoroughbred
showjumper MAXIMUM CLEARANCE. We broke this girl lightly in
the early spring for her owner who sadly died last week. Super
mover, very friendly, easy mare, slight hoof problem at present
but must find new home. A lovely mare to start a breeding operation
Cosmo. 2004 Dun Irish Draught with unique bloodlines by Cork
Arthur out of a Colman/Ginger Dick mare. Strong boned filly
with excellent light movement, will make a smashing outcross
VDL was second in a Grand Prix in Leipzig ...Translated
from the German, "Volkmar Shadocks dreamtime hasn't run out.
The newly approved qualified showjumping master teacher from Berlin-Brandenburg
secured it further with VDL Pessoa by producing a faultless clear
in the final jump-off to get 2nd
place in the 2 star Grand Prix of Leipzig-Taucha", and now
today he was fifth in the International show in Holland with a
Brazilian rider that the VDL is mounting. They kept telling
me he was jumping well which amazed us (Susie especially) as
when he was here in 2001 none of our riders had a good word to
say about him! I, as the amateur, always thought he was
scopy but backward but they said no he was useless! Anyway
that was the year we had foot and mouth so no stallion inspections
were done so he went back in June having only got 4 mares in
foal. He was a smashing looking horse, black with 4 white
socks and a super mover. Photo of him with a Swedish student when
he was here as a 4.y.o.
VDL at 4 y.o.
daughter, "Suma's Coffee, She is seen qualifying for
the Cavan Loose Jumping Champs. in August having already won
and placed in 2 other competitions under the charge of Andrew
Gardner. She is out of Suma's Horlicks (Horos xx ex Carlisheen
Molly RID by Solohead) so is a niece of the two internationals
Sea and Suma's
Oscar. Coffee is already in foal to Ard VDL Douglas
so may not do too much more jumping but she has proved herself
very able to carry on the line."
Coffee at Cavan
Final foal just born, a whopping filly (will be grey)
by Taloubet. Hasn't stood up yet but Nellie timed it nicely for
us, waxing this a.m. and then foaling within half an hour in the
field! So no late night watches. Last ever born at Ashfield
for us, must think of a good name.
But we had to say goodbye
yesterday to our darling Rosie (Sky's Ablaze), weaning her colt
early as she was fading and so weak. We will never know what
she was actually suffering from for the past 12 months but she
did a hell of a job with the foal and was still eating well herself.
She was put down here and never knew what happened it was so peaceful.
Karen, our Vet, who loved her as her own was in tears but insisted
she was there at the end. Strange to think that one of our favourites
was actually not bred by us but by Fintan Branigan out of the
mare Tara Sky he bought from us as a yearling. She, Rosie, was
only 6 days old when we agreed to buy her from him, a decision
he later much regretted! We are hoping that Cloudburst Z can
stay entire until he is old enough to see if he will make a stallion
as her genes deserve to go on.
Our homebred Indoctro
4 y.o owned by John Connolly' s TJM
Stud, Suma's Sound of Music has qualified for the RDS against
opposition (87) in the Northern region. She is the first foal
Music who recently had her fifth foal by Glennridge. Well done
has written the Foreword to the new book...
...by our friends Mary
McGrath and Joan Griffith, The Irish Draught Horse: A History.
The book is published by Collins Press, Cork , Ireland and designed
by Anu Design, Tara, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Mary McGrath and Joan
C. Griffith have teamed-up and have published a beautifully designed
and illustrated book on the Irish Draught horse. Mary is an Art
Conservator, a member of the Kildare branch, and was formerly
Secretary of the Society; Joan is a Librarian, an honorary life
member of the Society and updates the website for the IDHS. They
have created a rich text of 256 pages, woven together with over
160 photographs in collaboration with a number of scholars and
The book is available
in Bookshops across Ireland and from online bookshops.
To learn more about the
book and for ordering details, see the companion website:
1-903464-82-X • Irish
HB • 256 pp
250 x 250mm
Black & white line drawings and photos
was SOLD at AUCTION.
New owner Michael Bayley, who paid 6.4 million Euros.
Estate, web page information and photos, sale date
21st June 2005.
Ashfield Estate, home of Suma Stud for twenty eight years and
family home of the Power's will be auctioned on the 21st June
Sales Auctioneers are Collier Jackson Stops of Dublin, Tel 01
6333700, John Hamilton handling it.
photos of Suma
returns to Ireland...
Archie has arrived in
Ireland at the Wright's Ard Cherrymount Stud. All those
who keep phoning to ask about semen.......book in now! He
is only here for a couple of months while on a rest from International
duties. Richard's number is +(00353) (0)87 2489970.
And by the way Congratulations
to Richard who has topped the poll and is now elected to the Irish
winning at Zelhern 3 weeks ago
Two of Archie's
first crop have now qualified for the RDS Four year old jumping,
one winner and one placed 4th both bred by Vere Cooper and now
owned by Malachy Fox.
Dark Warrior at 2 days old in 2001, recent winner of the RDS 4
Bequest, dressed for the showring. By VDL Ricochet out of
Suma Legacy (Horos xx) aged 2 yrs. (SOLD)
This filly has an outstanding
gentle nature, is a super mover like her dad and is now 167cm
already. She missed the August sale due to hurting her leg but
is now available. To make a smashing allrounder, eventer
type and will win in the showring too.
start to June, super duper bay colt by VDL Glennridge (Keur) out
Distant Music. Glennridge was Archie's half brother who was being
for the Sydney Olympics when he colicked and died aged only 11.
Aziemieka's best progeny of all her internationals (until Arkansas!)
was by 4 year old frozen semen. Music's first foal,Sound of Music,
now 4 by
Indoctro has started SJAI competitions and although backward is
" Glennridge colt out of Distant Music (Horos xx)
foal news is that already Torite's colt by Puissance has been
by Pam Stevenson in Scotland who spotted him on the website and
specially to buy him. They will stay here until weaning time but
Torite will go to Pam too and be broken. We wish her the very
best of luck.
one left to foal, not till July, and that is Evan's Suma who only
back to us last year. And only 3 weeks to the auction so masses
to look at the house and stud.
Arkansas has resumed his winning ways with a 1.40
win at Zelhern in Holland. Meanwhile, one of his first
crop which we sold at our August Sale came back here to foal.
Sumas California (Arkansas/Softee) had a grand colt foal at
midnight last night. She was a bit green about what to
do with him but got the hang of things during the day and loves
him to bits. He is by Ard VDL Douglas who continues to
impress in the Grand Prix circuit in spite of his tender age.
Two Irish Draught yearlings....
Cosmo, 2004 dun filly
by Cork Arthur ex Colman/Ginger Dick.
Rear view showing the
Island Dream 2004 by
Golden Trump ex Crannagh Hero/Glenside. Still wearing winter woollies!
Irish Draughts or warmbloods??
Socks and a tulip.
Irish Horse Board is having elections in the Leinster region
shortly and we have nominated our friend and colleague Richard
Wright. Not only is he very knowledgeable but hardworking
and conscienscious and extremely concerned with the future of
breeding in Ireland. He would also like far more
transparency in the workings of the Horse Board. We would urge
all those who can vote to support him.
information about Richard at their website www.irelandhorse.com
have a cracking colt by Puissance out of Torite born 1/5.
Photo will follow when it stops raining ! Here they are...
bay colt by Puissance ex Torite (Marlon)
Torite and Hutch exit left!
sale update. date now 21st June, brochure
due out at the end of the next week and first adverts appearing
next Thursday...more information soon...
from here is, as always with horses, swings and roundabouts!
We had two mares being tidied for the Premier mare inspections
on Monday, and one was foaling in July, the other we had covered
with Glennridge (Archies half brother, dead for 4 years at an
early age) She was scanned empty so as she had had 4 foals running
we didnt really mind but didnt have her in the sale to sell
we had her in riding a bit and lunging to get her fitter but
she wouldnt come in season. I had planned to give her a
loose jump before the inspection but when I took a long look
at her I told Susie I wouldnt jump her till she got checked
again and sure enoughthere is a foal in her!
just as we were celebrating, Vixen, the mare whose stock sold
best at the sale suddenly dropped of her belly and it was like
a second belly under the first. She was extremely unhappy
and kept getting cast so as her time was up and we were exhausted
and unfit to get her up without a third person we sent her to
the Equine Hospital now only 3 miles away. They induced
her (not a nice thing and only done in emergencies) but it was
too big to turn in her so they had to anaesthetize her and hoist
her up to get the foal out. Unsurprisingly it was nearly
dead, full of fluid from lungs to afterbirth, absolutely HUGE,
but very unfleshed. i.e. hardly ready to be born. It was a non
starter to live so we are up one (hopefully) and down one.
Of course it was a filly by Taloubet, just what we had hoped.
The Equine Centre did a p.m. and said they had never seen such
a big foal even from a shire. Poor little Vixen, her belly
is still dropped and the outlook is not good. E.T. is
a possiblitly if we were in a financial and physical way to do
it as she is worth it.
c'e st la vie.
some... March news...a bit late
beloved dog, Kiri, had to be put to sleep at aged 13.5 yrs
due to cancer in the rectum. It was expected but as
always very hard to say goodbye but she was happy right
up to the end. We didnt expect to replace her (nothing
ever will) but Ferbie pined so much that we found a gorgeous
young playmate for her, already christened Socks and she
is thrilled with her.
my designer dog
under her favourite bush.
we never thought we would see alive. Rosie (Suma's Sky's
Ablaze) was sick throughout her pregnancy, legs swelling,
stiff and miserable and as you can see her tail fell out.
But the reward for 11 months nursing was a super colt by
Chellano Z and Rosie now feeling much better.
of Chello (Cloudburst Z) with a friend looking on
Fanny Brice looking raw has now gone with Surprise and her
mother Legacy to be reared in Holland. Both are by Arkansas
and Fanny's full brother Von Trapp already at the VDL and
now 3 is showing a super jump. It was very sad to see them
go but they went with the 3 irish bred colts that the VDL
bought last autumn, 2 by Ard VDL Douglas and one by Touchdown.
Legacy with Susie, due to foal in June when, very sadly
Estate, home of Suma Stud for twenty eight
years and family home of the Power's will be auctioned on
the 21st June 2005. The
Sales Auctioneers are Collier Jackson Stops of Dublin, Tel
01 6333700, John Hamilton handling it.
newest toy, Socks, a Tibetan Spaniel (mostly!) A real
sweetheart, cheeky and very intelligent, now 15 weeks
with Chello aged 6 hours.
made his first ever appearance at an important show in the Future
Stallion category in Zwolle. The VDL Stud and ourselves
were thrilled with how he went and behaved considering he had
no 4 year old career behind him, nor stallion test.
the first qualifier he jumped a super clear then had one down
in the timed jump off, finishing 7th. But
the penalty for going fast showed up in his inexperience the next
day when he had one down in the first round. Sadly this
meant he could not compete in the Final.
had a rare off form show, he did the fastest time the first
day but had the last down and the same the next day. His
first Dutch bred foals are already on the ground and delighting
- - -
happy owner, Star Burton in Zimbabwe with Zeus, a 5 y.o.
stallion son of Glenagyle
Rebel and a T.B. mare.
Just the type he went out there to produce!
is very light on his feet, just like his Dad.
We are delighted that
both VDL ARKANSAS and TALOUBET
are going to compete in the International Stallion Competitions
at Zwolle next month. We hope to be there to see them.
We are also very pleased that our friends at Ard
Cherrymount Stud have
just taken delivery of 2 super horses for the 2005 season.
Now that we aren't standing the VDL stallions we are making sure
they have the best available to Irish breeders. Ard VDL Douglas
has been outstanding so far and we expect the young Indoctro/Cor
de la Bryere 4 year old to follow in his and Archie's footsteps.
NATAL is KWPN approved with a phenomenal pedigree, and is only
available due to not being able to continue jumping.
HUNTINGFIELD REBEL is in the best of form, loving
the attention from all the females, both human and equine, as
the sole stallion on the farm. Good news also of Murphy in the
U.K. Lots of enquiries for him in Essex and still
riding away with Natalie Smith."
fees and Keep charges 2005
who's riding again!
and Disco return from a hack, Disco, now 16, has not been ridden
since she was 6. She is delighted to be in action again.
Arkan Ridge by VDL Arkansas ex Bellevue Toy Story by Hail Station.
Owned by Ruth Loney and to be jumped in 2005 by John McGuinness.
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