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Elphin April Showers



Elphin April Showers is a 1996 grey (born dark bay) mare, out of Aluinn de Haoine. April was born in a particularly wet spring, hence the name. As a baby, she was the sweetest little thing, always curious and interested in her human friends. She was also a bit of a tomboy, growing up with three colt foals as playmates.


April as a 5 month old foal with her dam Dee

April was sold to Mary Yeager of Loughin Farm in Ohio, where she was started under saddle and has since pursued a career as a good broodmare.

Below: April in Ohio


April's Foals:
Loughin's Island Mist: 2000 filly by *Kilfenora Windy Isles
Loughin's Knight Wind: 2001 colt by *Kilfenora Windy Isles

Loughin's Journey: 2004 colt by *Rosemont's Irish Abbey
Loughin's Prima Donna: 2006 filly by Kerrymore Madison

In May 2006, April had a bay filly by Kerrymore Maddison named Loughin's Prima Dona.


Here she is jumping in 2013:

April's 2004 gelding, Loughin's Journey, earned an ACPS certificate in eventing in 2008. He has hunted for two seasons in the first field, done hunter paces, hunter/jumper shows and schooled novice/training level eventing along with first level dressage.
Above: Journey aged 3 months and with his dam April
Below: Jouney under saddle

Here he is winning the novice division of the Camargo Hunt Combined Test, 2009:

Loughin's Knight Wind is pictured below

Nello aged 2 in TX

"Nello" was sold to Texas in the fall of 2001 and kept entire until 2008. In November 2009, he placed 2nd in the advanced green division of the Green Cedars Horse Trials, Staunton, VA, with 14 year old rider Casey Lowe. Nello is intended as a pony for a granddaughter of Marynell Eyles, owner of his sire Windy Isles.

In 2014, Ridgetop Connemaras posted the following update on their Facebook page:
Margo on Two Bits by Denver, Sally on Shamus by Denver, Nora on Tucker (Landgate Bluegrass) by Landgate Bluebeard, little halfbred is Smokey, not bred by us but cute as a bug, and Maya on Nello (Loughin's Knight Wind) by *Kilfenora Windy Isles - all three stallions represented here!

Loughin's Island Mist, Mick and Dee's first grandfoal, is pictured below.

Misty is now owned by Pat Ashworth, Cobblestone Farm CA, where she is used as a broodmare and riding pony.
Misty at Cobblestone Farm in California

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