you a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a successful and healthy 2005.
own reindeer, one of Archies first crop, Suma's Wisconsin, known
as Wizz. Riding nicely with a fabulous temperament that really
learn and help. He has a super jump, qualified for the Cavan Finals
got a virus so she kept him on and broke him.
is back into Irish Draughts with the purchase of 3 filly foals
in recent weeks. One, Island Supreme, has already found
a new home with Caroline Giles Lee who is thrilled with this lovely
quality filly by Grange Bouncer. Her comrade, Island Dream,
is younger, smaller and most self possessed. She is also
grey, by Golden Trump going back to our old Glenside via the good
Gold Coin mare, Coppery Coin. The third is a total outcross
from the lines that Dr. Karen Hinckley is trying to preserve.
She is a dun filly by Cork Arthur (dun but turned grey) out of
a dun Coleman mare out of a dun Ginger Dick mare. A fabulous
mover of the stronger type we will hope to breed her in the future
to another outcross line but that's a long way off!.
Also bought at the sales are 3 colt foals for the VDL stud in
Holland, two by the super Ard VDL Douglas and one by Touchdown
from a Carrolls Flight mare whose g.dam was by Pride of Shaunlara.
So we were not lonesome for our stock for very long!
foal by VDL Ard Douglas
We have also been taking in stock for sales preparation and a
bit of basic education. One of these is a charming T.B.
who goes to Goffs Sales in 2 weeks. A long time since we
had one there!
News on the stallion front: excellent reports from Holland
regarding TALOUBET VDL who is being aimed at
the 5 y.o class in the International Stallion Show at Zwolle next
Febuary. The rider, Patrick van der Schans finds him very
careful with scope for ever so we will hope this will be his year.
It is still planned for him to return to Ireland next spring as
his foals have met such a good reception and he was of course
selected for Stallion Performance Testing in 2003.
VDL ARKANSAS had another good International show
at Zuidlaren, placing twice in 1.40 classes. He has also
had two winners here from his first crop in the Loose Jumping.
One bred by Ruth Loney won at the prestigious Ballinasloe Fair,
and another owned by Malachy Fox won the 2nd qualifier at Cavan.
Our homebred Sumas Wisconsin (Wizz) owned by Catriona
is proving fabulously easy to break and she has fallen in love
with him totally. He is now well over the virus that prevented
him competing and selling at the Cavan Select sales after he had
qualified for that. We have also heard that Sumas Dakota
who sold at the Sale here has been broken with great ease at his
new home in Northumberland. And here is Denise Kearney on her
new book with a 'Foreword' by SUMA Stud
friends Mary McGrath and Joan Griffith
The Irish Draught
Horse: A History (forth coming
Mary McGrath and Joan
Griffith have teamed-up and are publishing a beautifully designed
and illustrated book on the Irish Draught horse. Mary is an Art
Conservator, a member of the Irish Draught Horse Society, Kildare
branch, and was formerly Secretary of the Society; Joan is a Librarian,
an honorary life member of the Society and updates the websites
of the IDHS and SUMA. They have created a rich text of 256 pages,
woven together with over 160 photographs in collaboration with
a number of scholars and experts.
by Marily Power and Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe of Suma Stud
by Joan C. Griffith
Horses in Early Ireland by Finbar McCormick, (Prof. Archaeology,
Queens Univ. Belfast )
The Horse in Early Irish Society by Fergus Kelly, (Prof. Dublin
Inst. Advanced Studies)
The Horse in Irish Myth and Folklore by Dáithí Ó'hÓgáin, (Prof.
Images in Irish Art by Mary McGrath
on the Land by John Feehan, (Prof. Agriculture UCD)
everything there is a Season by Mary McGrath
Role of the Work Horse in Nineteenth Century Ireland by Stuart
Lane , (PhD NUI Maynooth)
Fairs by Marjorie Quarton, (Horse dealer and author)
and Development by Colin A. Lewis, (Prof. Geography Rhodes Univ.
Aspects of the Irish Draught Horse by Dr. John Flynn, (Irish Equine
Day Competition Horse by Norman Storey, (Equine Specialist, Teagasc)
Irish Draught Horse in the Twenty-first Century by Joan C. Griffith
and Mary McGrath
Annotated Bibliography on the Irish Draught Horse by Joan C. Griffith
The book is being published
by Collins Press, Cork , Ireland and designed by Anu Design, Tara,
Co. Meath, Ireland.
Expected publication date, MAY 2005 ---
To place a pre-publication
order please contact,
Joan Griffith, email@example.com
Send your name, address
information, number of copies wanted, and we will update you with
complete purchase information when the book is published
Arkansas continues to impress on the international stage.
Last weekend in Helsinki he and Wout Jan came third in the Masters.
Here Archie is jumping in inimitable style, does anyone know a
horse with better front leg technique?? This was taken in
the Sires of the World at Lanaken.
shown is a 3 y.o. daughter of his owned by Denise Kearney who
is showing explosive action behind!
Let's give it a bit of room!
is a picture of Suma's Legacy, one of Whippy's last daughters.
She was bid to 9,500 by our friend Evan Jobling Purser and will
be kept here with her filly foal, Surprise by VDL ARkansas.
of the sale can be found listed next to the individual entry in
the online Sale Catalogue.
Sale ran beautifully and we were extremely proud of the animals
that came forward. We would like to thank our Head Girl,
Catriona Shanley and all the other helpers, many of whom had been
here in the past for work experience in some form or other,
particularly Juli Thompson from Hawaii, and Nia O'Malley from
Galway. Also Fintan and Stephen Branigan, Eleanor Troy,
locals Laura and Geoff, Nia's cousin, Catherine, Bridget
Pender, a vet student who came hot from her oral exams. Our
neighbours Simon and Natasha Elliott, and Susie's family, Lesley,
Randal and Tara did a brilliant job with the barbecue. And finally
our dear friends, Richard and Heather Wright who are setting
out on the path we took so many years ago. Finally our
webmaster, Joan Griffith, whose work on the website ensured
that people worldwide were kept interested and informed.
you one and all.
thanks are also due to George Mernagh of Tattersalls who persuaded
this world famous auctioneers to run with this new concept,
and to their team on the day.
you from George Mernagh
Over, the sale went
fantastically well, Thank You all for coming! Sold about 1/2 to
UK, at least 3 to USA, more details later...after we catch our
August 26 th Commencing at 4:00 pm
Stud, Ashfield, Beauparc,
046 9024161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Catalogue now available.
starts promptly at 4:00 pm.
join us for the Sale
NEWS from the RDS,
VDL Arkansas jumped for Holland in the main arena in
4 classes, having been left in the UK after Hickstead where he
placed twice. After the first speed class when he was a bit rusty,
he was super the next day, finishing 11th in a strong class.
Archie in the 6 Bars
The final fence which
as you can see he only just touched behind, maybe because Wout
Jan sat back and he dropped the hind legs. Compare his
position to the one below.
This is the second last
round, this fence was at 1.98. Not bad for an 8 year old! Only
5 cleared this.
However on Friday he
was only fantastic in a 6 bar competition, when he was one of
only 5 left in at the final round when the last fence was 2.05
cm! Only the experienced Belgian horse cleared this, with John
Whitaker 2nd and Archie tied with his "nephew" Glenn (by his deceased
half brother, Glennridge) to take third when they each had the
last two down. Archie only touched them but it was an exceptionally
brave and skillful effort from him, at 8 yrs and extremely inexperienced
at this level. He had cleared 1.98m. We were thrilled and it
just reinforces what we are selling when his youngstock come up
on the 26th August.
By the way, Glenn won
a class on the final day, when sadly it rained and made the going
very slippery. Wout Jan was suffering for the last two days with
a fever and was not on his own top form.
Also, for the third
year in a row, the winning foal for non purebred IDs was by VDL
Arkansas! This time it was bred by Charlotte and Nigel Moore
from their 3 y.o by Crosstown Dancer.
Other August News:
Countess Marcowiecz was 5th in the Mare of the
Future class at the National Irish Draught Horse show at Thurles
on the weekend and is NOT sold as she is not on the market
until the Sale!
VDL Arkansas jumped superbly & was placed
twice at the CSIO 4* at Hickstead and is selected on the Dutch
team for the RDS! Quite an honour for an eight year old.
However, as he is still only young, if van der Schans thinks he
is tired after Hickstead he may not compete with him. We will
VDL Arkansas is really flying high. He won the
Grand Prix at Wierden for Juniors with 16 yr old Partick van der
Schans as father, Wout Jan, was injured and could not compete
that weekend. Patrick rode him for the first time in the Saturday
class to finish 3rd and qualify for the Grand Prix. He then astounded
everyone with the super fast round that he jumped to win by 2
seconds! However, this weekend, father Wout Jan is back in the
saddle at Miese in Belgium and finished 5th in a good speed class
the first day. Yesterday he went in his first adult Grand Prix
and only had one down. Wout Jan aso won a class with VDL Hold
Up Premier, the sire of one of the foals in our Sale on the 26th
of our homebreds, by Ard Allez Cat out of Lucy in the Sky by Pride
of Shaunlara won a good class for Neal Fearon in Neuendorf, Switzerland
yesterday. Wildcat Clover King was reared at Suma and we sold
her as a 3 year old to Brain Sugrue who still owns her. She is
rocketing up the international rankings and like all Irish horses
is still improving as she gets older.
winning at her first ever show was our 4 year old RID Countess
Marciewicz by Huntingfield Rebel. At
Bailieboro show she qualified for the Mare of the Future finals
at the ID National Show, and was 2nd in the Open class for good
measure. Although there are many enquiries (for her) we have made
it clear that all the horses will now be kept for the sale and
will not be sold beforehand.
notice: ALL Suma horses to be sold at the upcoming Auction 26th
August, everyone will have a fair chance to purchase, so please
no more enquiries about pre-sale bargains!
from Marily and Susie
sale on 26 th August 2004
Power and Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe of Suma Stud announced this week
that, due to family circumstances, they are planning a complete
dispersal sale of all their foals and youngstock and their younger
is a very sad decision as we have built up a lovely herd of broodmares
over the past 27 years as anyone who has visited Suma Stud will
agree. We started with the best of Irish Draught bloodlines
and cross bred to both the
and, recently, to top international warmbloods.
We have at all times endeavoured to work within the I.S.H. system
with both stallions and mares being presented for Approval and
Quality premia. Thus they are fully tested for soundness and
ability. Our record in the showring is also well known with many
Champions over the years.
have some fabulous foals and youngsters by VDL Arkansas just as
his international career is taking off in Holland. His most
recent win was the Grand Prix at the Youngster Show at Wierden
with the 16 yr old Patrick van der Schans.
are also some beautiful three to eight year old mares by such
as Quick Star, Ahorn, Lux Z and some R.I.Ds too. And foals by
the exciting Baloubet du Rouet horse, Taloubet VDL and the champion
Darco horse, Ard VDL Douglas.
sale will be held at Suma Stud, conducted by Tattersalls on the
evening of Thursday August 26 th . We hope to have a barbecue
and warmly invite everyone to come.
Power and Susan Lanigan-O’Keeffe
sale will be run by Tattersalls (Ire.) Auctioneers
August 26 th Commencing at 4:00 pm
Stud, Ashfield, Beauparc,
046 9024161 or email email@example.com
provisional catalogue will include approx. 50 lots viz.
in foal and/or with foal at foot. Including a Quick Star/Voltaire,
and Ahorn/Grannus/Argentinus, two R.I.Ds by Huntingfield Rebel,
Horos U.S.A.xx etc.
sires incl. Indoctro, Last News, Chellano Z, Taloubet VDL, Ard
by VDL Arkansas, Ard VDL Douglas, Hold Up Premier, Taloubet
horses aged 1 to 3 year olds by VDL Arkansas, Pessoa (by Animo),
VDL Ricochet, Huntingfield Rebel, Corland
may be some harness and saddlery.
conditions of sale include
foal may be left with the mare for one month at purchasers risk
at no cost of keep by arrangement with Suma Stud.
will be a minimum bid of €1,000 on all foals and €2,000 on all
other stock and then most lots will be sold without reserve.
horses will have V.S. certs. where appropriate and pregnancy Certs.
of all horses can be done the previous weekend between 2 and 6
pm. The young horses may be loose jumped at 3. on Saturday and
Sunday. They may also be loose jumped prior to being auctioned.
Full conditions of sale on application.
have given all our stock the best of our time, love, expertise
and plenty of monetary input. We hope that you, as a buyer, will
do the same and that you will have great success with any purchase
has had his first proper placing in the 120s with Gabriel Slattery,
finishing 4th against the clock...he jumped fantastically and
it was the first time he was tried at speed!
Two more foals have arrived, out of Distant
Music and It's an Ology, read more about them on our 2004
is now with Gabriel Slattery in Claremorris an dgoing extremely
well for him. VDL Arkansas won another class
at Mierlo last weekend! he is really pleasing the VDL and Wout
Jan van der Schans can't believe his jump! More about both
of these stallions soon...
2004 Foals arriving. Last year's colt foals
welcome arrival last night from Vixen's Frolic,
a healthy daughter by the new jumping superstar ArdVDL Douglas.
Her family tracing back to Royal Penny and Foxes Frolic could
go to a clothes horse and would still get jumpers but in combination
with Dougie it should be totally brilliant. At least we can still
dream! Several other mares are due now and our foaling boxes are
fully booked for the next month, we simply don't know which will
come first, comparing dates to the look of them. Two more
are maidens, Silhouette and Quick and Easy, followed by Disco,
another maiden Torite and then the old lady Surreale. As
always, we're listing our Foal pedigrees on our Horses
for Sale page.
have now got a super bay colt by Archie from Quickie and a bay
filly by him from Argentina.We
have also seen Taloubets first foal and I will
attach a photo of him at 3 days with his mother. She
is a top mare, Ginnetts Nadia who won at the RDS under saddle
and in hand many times from a foal onwards. He
is a cracking colt, a real goer, with quality and substance,
and, more importantly to one horse owners like Nadia's, he is
very friendly. PHOTOS
winter has been quiet for us, Ricochet and Rob
having a winter break and Taloubet just being hacked around with
an occasional loose pop. He has now gone to Andrew Lyons,
with Rico and will be seen at the occasional show to get used
to the atmosphere. We are pleased with his physical development
and having had a deeply buried wolf tooth removed he is altogether
happier and easier in his ride.
own brother, VDL Bordeaux has just been approved for the Zangersheide
stud book with a great report. His father, Baloubet duRouet
continues to dominate the World Cup circuit at the age of 14 winning
the last two qualifiers to date. Arkansaswas fantastic at the
International Stallion Show in Zwolle, having won the first class,
he was 2 nd in the second qualifier and only a rub of a pole in
the Final prevented him from winning overall. As always,
he impressed everyone with his brilliant technique. We have had
countless enquiries for him but as we told everyone last year,
that was his final season here.
outing at NecarneStallion Parade as Andrew was abroad and Richard,
our supersub, had three of his own to deal with. But he
(Rico) wowed the crowds
with his movement and temperament at the new Parade at Port LaoiseEquestrian
Centre and gave a super loose jumping exhibition. Sadly
his first foal this year smothered as we werentthere and the mare
was a maiden who seemingly didntget up after delivering. She wasntbagged
up much and was only barely on her time up and it happened at
about 9 in the evening as we were preparing to watch her on camera
that night. An expensive lesson for us all again.
flash...Feb 25th...For all his supporters, VDL Arkansas
won the first qualifier for the Promising Stallion class in Zwolle
International Stallion Show, a speed class against 47 others!
We have been busy updating
our website getting ready for the Stud season to begin as well
as the Foaling season. See our revised Stallion
pages. See also our revised Broodmare
listing and stay tuned for our new arrivals of Foals
We also fixed our `broken´interactive,
page, so please send us your dream horse desires and we'll try
to fill the bill. If this page gives any trouble, please do let
us know by email so that we can keep it working for your requests.
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