From his Breeder: Donna Duchworth
Aladdin was always one of my favorite
Connemaras so I was overjoyed when Catherine Mack decided it would
be okay to let him come to Florida for a winter's vacation--I
had been begging her for years! While here, he was bred to two
purebred mares and two thoroughbred mares and produced four outstanding
Balmullo's Beacon was, of course, one of the purebreds. His dam
was Tullymor's April Fool, who I had always thought would
be the perfect mate for Aladdin. She was by Montully's Son out
of a very "old fashioned" mare, Aillte Mhuire, owned
by May Medley. May had pickedAillte to breed to her Tully because
Aillte was related to Mountain Lad through Jiminey Cricket and
Tully was also related to Mountain Lad. It was May's idea to save
the bloodline by doing a little line breeding which, in the case
of April, turned out to be a great idea. April was the first of
many foals produced by Aillte and Tully. Her conformation was,
according to Eileen Simpson, ideal for a Connemara. She was very
round and "pouffy" (one had the feeling that she would
make a great pillow!) which I thought would go very well with
Aladdin's more angular build. She moved very correctly, but definitely
like a pony, and I thought Aladdin's long flowing stride would
complement that. Their bloodlines were a great match, too, Aladdin
being an outcross for the linebred April. Also I thought Aladdin's
very sensitive nature and,. high people IQ would go very well
with April's personality, for April was what you might call the
dumb blonde of equines. She was very beautiful and had lovely
soft doe eyes, but she didn't always quite "get it."
This was exhibited when her second child was born, a filly by
Roary. I saw April standing one morning over a shiny sac on the
ground just staring off into space. If I hadn't seen it and rushed
to tear open the sac the foal would have suffocated.
But Bubba, as we called him, appeared on April 7, 1992 with no
apparent problems, although he did arrive two weeks before his
due date so he had to deal with his postnatal care by himself!
And I will have to admit, I was somewhat aghast at my first viewing,
for it appeared as if Bubba might have gotten April's personality
and Aladdin's angularity. He was very gangly with legs all over
the place and also not terribly friendly. He grew up playing with
Finny, St. Maybe, Emma, and Celeste, though, and did get very
friendly, but he stayed gangly for a very long time. Regarding
his education, we don't "push" the babies for contact,
but with feeding, feet trimmings, and veterinary care, they gradually
warm up as did Bubba. But he was still looking somewhat less than
optimal when we had the first inspection clinic at Balmullo Farm,
where Eileen Simpson was the clinician, and many Connemara breeders
came. While opinions were divided as to how Bubba might turn out,
Kathy Lucas was certain that he would be the best of the bunch,
and I always believed that it would be impossible for him to be
anything but beautiful and talented, considering his parents.
Vanessa also had faith that his breeding would overcome all and
bought him when he was a yearling. The rest, as they say, is history!
From his Owner: Vanessa Morgan
Balmullo's Beacon made the trip
from Florida to North Carolina as a yearling. He arrived at three
in the morning and lived in a large paddock, somewhat hidden from
view, for the next year and a half. He was weedy with a not-so-pretty
head but had the hip and shoulder angles that mark a great athlete
and the presence and conformation of a great sire. Bubba was the
classic ugly duckling, turned swan! At age three he bloomed into
a magnificent young stallion and that's when his breeding career
was really launched.
I started him very lightly under saddle that same year, at age
three, but his serious training was turned over to Jill Mooney
when he was around four. Since then, he has come home periodically
for breeding but has been mostly with Jill for the past couple
of years. I have learned so much more than I could have ever imagined
by talking to, working with and watching Jill and Bubba in competition
and training and have had the greatest fun watching Bubba develop
After finishing the 1999 season, Bubba has come home again, this
time to be my Novice packer (my limitation, certainly not his).
I am really excited about getting back in the starting box after
five or six years and am even more thrilled that it will be with
Bubba. I wasn't able to attend either of his award presentations
this year because of medical reasons but will be literally back
in the saddle about the time this article is published, just in
time for the spring event season.
In recognition of his performance accomplishments these last few
years, I wish to express my deepest appreciation to Jill Mooney,
who rode him to many, many victories and top placings at USCTA
events in 1999. I am deeply grateful to Donna Duckworth for keeping
him whole and letting me have him! And mostly, I thank God for
the opportunities and blessings that have given me the privilege
of owning Balmullo's Beacon, who I have had for almost seven years.
Now I am looking forward to many, many more years with him, exploring
new horizons, and watching his foals grow up.
From his Trainer: Jill Mooney
I met Vanessa in Winston-Salem
where she worked with my husband, Mike, at Planters-Lifesavers.
She had a young Connemara stallion that she wanted campaigned.
Balmullo's Beacon a.k.a. Bubba, Bubs, Bubbles, Bubbalicious soon
came to live with us! He was not entirely agreeable in the beginning;
however, soon he realized that life wasn't going to be just about
making pretty babies!
The two and a half years that he was with us were truly delightful;
he learned quickly and willingly. Novice level with Bubba was
not spectacular, but at the Training level he was stellar. His
performance record shows what he is made of. He was also a true
companion to me and now that he has gone home, I will miss him
terribly, but Vanessa will enjoy all that he is! Have a wonderful
time with this fantastic little horse, Vanessa!