ELPHIN MOUNTAIN CONNEMARAS
Finty is the last of Elphin Clara's (a 12.3hh Fjord/POA mare) by Mick. Born in 2000, he is now a large pony and has matured to a lovely shade of dun.
Fintan ended up in the southern US and has spent several years eventing at Beginner and Novice levels with a variety of riders, including competing at the 2012 American Eventing Championships at Beginner Novice level.
Above: Ridden by Cheryl Benefiel, Beginner Novice level at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia, August 2014
Above & below: Ridden by Allyn Tice, Novice level at Chattahoochee Hills Horse Trials in Fairburn, Georgia, April 2013
Above: Ridden by Allyn Tice, Beginner Novice level at the Nutrena USEA American Eventing Champtionships, Georgia, August 2012
Fintan popped up on our radar again in 2010, this time as "Phintan" and eventing in the US. He was 3rd in the Eventing USA Area III Jr. Beginner Novice Rider Championships at the Chattahoochee Hills May Horse Trials, GA, May 17th 2010.
Fintan eventing in 2010 in GA with rider Nancy Katheryne Webb.
In the summer of 2005 Fin continued to compete in dressage and added some Trillium level hunter to his repertoire.
Fintan at the Ashland Trillium Show, June 2005.
On May 8th 2005, Finty attended a trillium dressage show at Spiritwood farm and Alli reports: "Fin was super, winning all his classes and coming home Training Division Champ! Not bad for his first show!"
Above and below: Fin at his first dressage show.
In 2004 Fintan was sold to Sue Ziereisen, proprietor of Huntleigh Equestrian Centre. He was broken and started soon after arriving. In the spring of 2005, Sue reports he is doing well and plans to compete him in FEI Pony Dressage next year.
Finty with his rider Alli Rasquinha and in Huntleigh stables.
As a baby Finty was a shy guy but he grew into himself as he got older and soon became a popular character around the farm.
Finty with his dam and age 4 months.