ELPHIN MOUNTAIN CONNEMARAS
Elphin Dublin Ball, or Dubbie, is the fifth of Mick's Conn/TB foals out of After The Party. Dubbie is a 1999, dark bay turning grey gelding and will finish around 15.2 hh. Dubbie was named after the famous parties, or balls, in Ireland's capital, Dublin. He is a sweet natured, overgrown pony, complete with fuzzy mane!
Dubbie & Besty after winning the Novice division of the GMHA three day event
In 2010 Dubbie and owner Betsy Holdsworth competed in and won the Novice B division of the long format three day event at the GMHA August Horse Trials in Wooodstock VA. This is essentially a "quarter star" three day event. Congrats to Besty & Dubbie for finishing with a score of 29.8. Read about their adventures in the USEA Blog here.
Dubbie and Betsy at the 2010 Groton House Horse Trials, Hamilton MA, 4th in the open senior novice division C.
The 2008 Dubbie update:
"I have been meaning to be in touch for some time. I am the currently owner of Elphin Dublin Ball, still aka Dubbie. I purchased him from Emily Therrien in June of 2005. She was busy with school and decided to use the money for college. I received a call from a trainer in Vermont, Jane Hamlin, who said, " I have the perfect horse for you" , and so she did. I am an older adult rider who learned to ride with my daughter. We had evented together through her high school and pony club days. I had many a mismatch with various mounts and became discouraged and afraid. Dublin has brought back my love of riding and with the help of some great instructors. Last year I took him to Florida and trained with my daughter's trainer Darren Chiacchia and did three novice horse trials there ending up with 2 2nds in a field of 25 and a 1st (that I lost missing a fence). We continued to do some 6 more events during the summer in Mass. with never a Xcountry penalty and in the top 5 after dressage... We have never competed with out a ribbon until the AEC when we would have ended up 3rd out 75 if not again for the rail. Beyond the ribbons he is just the best friend. He hacks anywhere, loves to compete, tries his best in every lesson, has the best sense of humor. The dressage people love him, and anyone who sees his darling face and experiences his sweet disposition. I can't say enough about this gem. Thank you for this guy. I now would love to breed to his sire and would like to talk to you about the possibility this spring... I could sing Dublin's praises all day..."
Dubbie, early 2003, with his owner/rider Emily.
Dubbie was sold to Bruce Brink and Patty Sullivan in Vermont, as an eventing prospect for Patty's daughter Emily. Dubbie made the journey southward in mid-February 2001, and loaded well, even though it was very icy. Dubbie has been joined in Vermont by his full brother, Elphin Celtic Cross.
In the summer of 2001 Dubbie was broken to harness, and took to it with his usual aplomb! Dubbie is so popular at the barn where he lives that his young owner made a sign for his stall door that reads "This Horse is NOT For Sale!".
Bruce Brink driving Dubbie, at home in Vermont.
In early September 2001, Patty emailed the following:
"Thrilling news! Emily rode Dubbie today around the yard. He was perfect. We don't plan to do much with him because he is so young. But he has got an excellent start. What a sweet perfect guy. We will send you a photo soon."
More news from Patty, March 2003:
"Emily hopes for Dubbie to start his eventing career the end of May. She has done fabulous with him they really are connected."
Dubbie as a weanling and as a yearling.
We are pleased to report that Emily and Dubbie spent 2004 eventing together at novice level and gained some good placings in divisions of 15 to 20 competitors.