Elphin Alumni

Elphin Song Sparrow
ACPS Inspected & Approved Stallion (gelded 2007)

Winner of WCCS 2010 "Consummate Connemara" Trophy

Katie Petersen with Sparrow at ACPS Region 5 show, 10/05 .

Elphin Song Sparrow is the second of *Scottsway Lullaby's foals by Mick. He is a 14 hh dark bay gelding, who stood at Elk Creek Farm in Kewadin, Michigan as a stallion for several years. He currently lives in California.

Sparrow at The Spring Event at Woodside, CA, 2014.

Sparrow and his young rider Natalie Kupperman were featured in the Sept/Oct 2012 edition of the ACPS magazine and Natalie writes wherever I go in life with Sparrow, wherever he takes me, I will always hope there will be a field where we can work hard and play harder.

Sparrow is now owned by the Kupperman family in California. In 2010 he attended the West Coast Connemara show and was ridden by both Natalie Kupperman and her trainer Sandra Williams. At the WCCS he was awarded the The Consummate Connemara Trophy. This trophy is not not awarded every year and is given to a purebred pony who truly represents our breed in "type, temperament, conformation, athletic ability and movement". Pat Ashworth (Cobblestone Connemaras) of the WCCS committee wrote the following:
Congratulations to you, Heather. Sparrow is a true competitor when ridden by his trainer and yet he takes very good care of little Natalie when she rides him. He is a beautiful pony and a pleasure to watch. Heather, you should be pleased to know that he is loved by his whole family, and is well taken care of.

Sparrow and Natalie Kupperman, 2010.

Sparrow was purchased by the Petersen family in the autumn of 2002 and Katie and her daughter Maggie broke in and rode Sparrow. He proved to be very handy under saddle, competing in horse trials, dressage and intercollegiate competitions.

While at Elk Creek Farm he sired:
~ Center of Gravity 2004 filly ex Cayes Abiliene, Haflinger mare
~ Elk Creek Boysenberry 2004 gelding ex Monetary Fringe, TB mare
Elk Creek Foxfire 2005 gelding ex Monetary Fringe, TB mare
Elk Creek Pistol Pete 2005 gelding ex Welsh mare
Elk Creek Easter Rising 2006 gelding ex Welsh mare
Elk Creek O'Connor 2006 gelding ex Tower Hills Carmody, Conn mare
~ Elk Creek Delilah 2007 filly ex Monetary Fringe, TB mare
~ Elk Creek Sparrow's Swan Song 2007 filly ex Welsh mare

Sparrow and Maggie Petersen

2007 foals pictured below:

L: Elk Creek Delilah (Conn/TB); R: Elk Creek Sparrow's Swan Song (Conn/Welsh).

2006 foals pictured below:

L: Bailey, BEC Welsh mare, with Elk Creek Easter Rising; R: TH Carmody, leased by the Petersen's, with Elk Creek O'Connor.

Elk Creek O'Connor was purchased by his dam's owner, ACPS president Sally Oxnard, NH, started under saddle and then sold on Susan "Boots" Plyler from Greenville SC. Boots and her two daughters are avid riders, and hunter pace alternate weekends all winter long.

Above L-R: Connor in May 2009. With members of the Plyler family on a hunter pace, autumn 2009. ACPS Reg 4 Show Sept 2012. With Boots Plyer in 2010.

2005 halfbred foals pictured below:

L: Elk Creek Foxfire (Conn/TB) and Elk Creek Pistol Pete (Conn/Welsh); R: Foxfire.

Snoozing in the spring sun, April, 2002. Celebrating Christmas in Michigan!

Sparrow's first foal was the 2003 purebred Connemara filly, Elphin Milis Amhrán, meaning sweet song, out of SP Mils Breaban. She's a very quiet, curious and friendly girl with her sire's size and colour. Amhrán lives in NY state and competes in dressage.

Amhran as a 2 year old, August 2005.

Sparrow was a sweetheart from day one, absolutely unflappable, his only fault being an excess love of food inherited from his mother! In his winter coat he resembled a large brown teddy bear, and in the summer he shone like mahogany. Until age 2 he lived out with 2 other 2-year olds and despite the fact they were geldings he treated them very magnanimously.

Sparrow with his dam *Scottsway Lullaby and 2 weeks old.

L: Sparrow as a yearling, Aug. 2001; C: 2 years old, Aug. 2002; R: 5 months August 2000.

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