ELPHIN MOUNTAIN CONNEMARAS
Elphin Cronan is a 14.3 hh, grey stallion out of SP Mils Breaban. He was one of our first crop of foals, born in 1992. Cronan is Gaelic for "little dark one", as Cronan was born dark bay.
We heard from Cronan's owner in September 2012. She says I'm glad Vicki has been able to keep you up todate on some of Cronan's children's exploits. He has been a very, very special horse for me. I don't believe there will ever be another one like him.
I know you will understand when I tell you
that Cronan is probably the kindest, most affectionate horse I have ever met.
He likes to act tough, snorting and prancing, showing off in front of the
mares, but when it comes to me handling him, he has never even offered to
bite or do anything aggressive towards me. He is quite sensitive, maybe more
than some Connemaras, but he understands when I am feeling down and he will
wrap his neck around me.
In the spring of 2013, Cronan will be joined by his little nephew Elphin Malachite. Their owner says As Cronan is in his 20's I have been thinking about whether I should carry on breeding, and then I saw that you have a colt out of his sister for sale and the old enthusiasm returned.
L: Cronan looking like his dam, Aug 2012. R: Looking more like dad this time, Jan 2011.
We sold Cronan as a yearling, and he stood at
stud in Maple Ridge, British Columbia until 2008 when he moved out east for
a while. He's now back in central BC.
Cronan in BC in 2000
To date Cronan has sired several purebred foals and is mostly used on TB mares.
Purebred Connemara mares by Cronan, l: Dain's Selkie. R: Blennerhassett's Magical Moya.
Some of his TB and warmblood cross foals are now making names for themselves as eventers and show jumpers in BC. These include Irish, the 2008 BC preliminary level champion, and 2009 BC intermediate champion; KS Priceless, a purebred out of Avenn's Diamond Dee, the 2009 BC preliminary eventing champion; and Simply Irresistable, a 7/8ths Connemara who was 4th in the 2009 BC jr pre-entry divison championships.
Irish at 2009 Aspen Farm Horse Trials, Yelm, WA, 5th intermediate division
L: Cover Girl, a successful Conn/TB evener. R: Stirling a young Conn/Trak gelding; both by Cronan.
KS Priceless, a purebred gelding by Cronan currently eventing at Prelimary level