Aladdin is the King Arthur of
the Pony World. As he walks, trumpets blare and banners flutter.
He embodies kindness and calm. He is the Champion of the Connemara
Pony World in Virginia, as much so now as when he was younger.
For fourteen years Aladdin has taken me foxhunting, trail riding
and eventing. He has carried me to the ribbons in local hunter
shows, dressage shows and western shows. He has given lessons
and played games. He has gone everywhere and done everything with
such courage and flair that literally hundreds of people have
asked about the breed.
Ten years ago ago rarely saw a stallion out competing in public.
Aladdin was an oddity, first regarded with suspicion, but quickly
welcomed with open arms when people realized this was a special
stallion, one with exemplary manners and unusual talent. It would
be fair to say Aladdin singlehandedly brought the Connemara Pony
in Region III to the popular spot in the sun it now enjoys. Every
place Aladdin has gone, he has impressed and inspired people.
He has been the best of Traveling Salesman. He also inspired me
and showed me what a greatly talented all-round horse the Connemara
Pony is. Everything I know about riding, I learned from this horse.
His generosity knows no limits. Without benefit of professional
training and with the handicap of having as a rider a middle-aged
housewife, Aladdin has placed in every Horse Trial he has entered
(Novice to Training Level). He has finished every Competitive
Trail Ride (15 - 50 miles). He has won over 100 ribbons at shows,
and as a youngster won a Championship Cow Pony title.
The year Aladdin stood in Kentucky and had a knowledgeable rider,
he was Champion or Reserve at every show he entered, and campaigned
the entire summer.
Aladdin has competed in Connemara Shows as well as in the general
horse world. He has been Champion Stallion in Region III as well
as Champions Stallion at Woodstock, Vermont. Now that he is semi-retired,
Aladdin enjoys taking people trailriding and I am hoping to take
him to some dressage shows and local hunt meets.
Aladdin will always come first in my heart. He has proved himself
a star, and I believe the time has come to send his offspring
into battle in his stead. They are proving to be Performance Ponies
Extraordinaire. Aladdin passes the magic. Long may he reign!
Note: Aladdin, S 308 XI, is 15.2
hands, sixteen years old stallion, owned by Catherine Mack, Middleburg,
Bred by Mrs. Howard Kaye, Middleburg,
he was sired by Erin Laddie out of Foxridge Irish Lady.
The 1988 An Tostal Trophy
May Medley,Georgia, Chair. David Jones, Maryland, Elizabeth Lynch,
Texas, Kathryn O'Steen,North Carolina, Barbara Clark, Oregon.