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We are pleased to announce that
Corner Oak Celtic Star
is in foal to Tullymor's Mountain Steeldue 10/11/22!

January 1, 2022 Update: Queen, Keavey and Lucy are on winter break at the Blount County property, while Paisley learns to drive with Jose Hernandez at Riverplains Farm. Sparky will be joining us in Athens (thank you Carole), so I can get my feel back in the box seat and Sky, Kris and Megahn can have a try at handling the reins. Meanwhile, I am focusing on dressage with Desi, Sky is also learning to improve her dressage with CoStar, and we are both planning to try our hand at hunting with the Tennessee Valley Hunt. Anya will be entering 1st grade soon, while Reba and Steel learn some clicker training "tricks". I am also planning to groom/gator for Carole and her new pair at a couple CDEs in FL this winter. We have a plan and our work cut out for us this winter here at FF/PC, if the Good Lord is willing. Blessings to you all in 2022!

Sky and Costar practicing dressage (below L) and practicing for hunting (below R)

Congratulations to Jennifer Mortensen on her new addition of Foothills Honeysuckle Rose to her Allaura Farms breeding program in Nevada!

Congratulations to Annie Balotti-Paleen on her new addition of Foothills Blissfilly to her Duet Farms Connemara breeding program in Missouri!

I am so pleased to announce the arrival of my two newest Connemaras! Meet Duet Farms First Love (Anya), and DF I Love Lucy; they are full sisters by Duet Farms One Love (Marley), out of Duet Farms Cailin Dobh. Many thanks to their breeder, Annie Balotti-Paleen, for letting them join my herd as future breeders of Foothills Connemara ponies, and to Amy S. Burkemper for delivering them yesterday. They are pictured here in a cool December rain, their first day on our farm (Anya, 2020 model, on the left and Lucy, 2021 model, on the right). I am totally blessed to be their new owner and am so excited to see what our futures hold together.

below: Lucy on L - Anya on R (12/5/21)

We were sad to say "So Long" to the sweetest pony, Iriel, when she returned to Florida. She was an awesome festival ride for Sky and we will cherish the time that she spent with us in Tennessee and are forever grateful to Ginger and Marie. (11/30/21)

pictured here at the 2021 ACPS Region IV Show

Congratulations to Brooke Speed for finish on her dressage score and earning the 4th place ribbon at the November 2021 River Glen Horse Trials, riding Seaborne's Maritime!

11/6 - 11/7/21 TVPC and CPC joint clinic at Penrose Farm, Knoxville, TN, with Alita (Bunny) Hendricks
Below left: Both mornings were very cold, especially given the early start needed to drive to Penrose from Athens each morning.
Below right: This was Sky's first pony club activity riding Corner Oak Celtic Star.

I rode Ledgewood's Greystone Desiree in our second pony club clinic together. Desi is below left; CoStar is on the right

Both Saturday and Sunday afternoons proved to be very pleasant, sunny and warm enough to shed at least two layers!

ACPS Inspections were held at the farm in Athens on 10/30 and 10/31/21.
Charlie and I were pleased to host 11 ponies, 8 guests, plus 3 Inspectors and extra help from Sky and Megahn.

Tullymor's Mountain Steel was Inspected and Approved at the ACPS Inspections on 10/31/21

North Atlanta Equestrian Dressage and CT - 10/23/21

Great pony fun showing with my granddaughter on a beautiful sunny October Saturday.
We both rode 2 little jumper classes and 2 dressage tests.
Sky rode
Elderglen's Iriel and I rode Ledgewood's Greystone Desiree.
Sky and Iriel were
1st in Intro B, 2nd in Intro C, 3rd in 12" Show Jumping and 6th in 18" Show Jumping

Desi and I were
1st in Intro C, 2nd in Training 1, 2nd in 12" Show Jumping and 5th in 18" Show Jumping

Sky's D2 rating (traditional); she passed! Thanks, Iriel:-)

Party left for his new home in Kentucky with Marion Caldwell, Arbor Lane Connemaras


ACPS Awards Zoom Meeting (September 2021)

I was honored to accept the *Tooreen Laddie Hall of Farm award for our chief breeding stallion, Balmullo's Beacon. You can read all about his in the American Connemara issue illustrated below. You can also read about Beacon and his get through his webpage and all the green links to his offspring (Bubba Babies), as well as Next Generation

2021 ACPS Region IV Show at Foxboro Farm - September 11 and 12, 2021
What a wonderfully memorable ACPS Region IV show!
Thank you to our Regional Chair, Kim Gates and Chef Martin, Bay of Plenty's Elli Niezen and Michael, Foxboro Farm venue hosts Epp and Judith Wilson, Connemara judge Maureen Loughman, silent auction coordinator Boots Plyler, treasured trophy maker Alicia Daily, tireless Treasurer Stephanie Swerdloff Fenton Hickey and EVERYONE who participated in any way!!!!! It was such a blessing to be there, reuniting with friends, making new friends and memories with my granddaughter Skylan, student Krista M Hughey, new Connemara enthusiast Megahn Estes, my 28 yr old homebred Foothills River Queen and leased pony, Elderglen's Iriel.

Riding Iriel, Sky placed 5th in her first-ever judged dressage test, scoring a respectable 57%. She was eliminated in stadium because she jumped 13 jumps instead of the course of 12 (one was in the way so they went over it instead of around it:-). She was 2nd in the "pairs over the outside course", Fox division (pictured below), with riding companion Neilly Dosier, and Sky was the Connemara Outside Course Champion and recipient of a fantastic "Hands-On Pottery" mug!

Kris had a nice ride on Queen in her dressage test, but due to a pilot error, dropped to last place in that class. In Kris's good spirits, she said she should have used that test as her free-style, and laughed if off, as she should, because they both did a very nice job for each other.

Sky took the ol'e girl, Queen, in the broodmare class and achieved a yellow ribbon for their efforts.

On Sunday, she showed Iriel in-hand and was 5th in the Sport Pony class and won the Halfbred mare class, earning a lovely Hand-On pottery plate.

It was a super fun weekend and for the "American Connemara" members and subscribers, watch for my article for a full report of the weekend.

When the show was over, some of us were treated to a most delightful tour of the Belle Meade Hunt Kennels, hosted by Judith Wilson.

And before we loaded up to head home, we met our newest FFC her additions, Ruby Red Rocket (a.k.a. Reba), who come home on our extra spot in the trailer:-)

below: Sky and Iriel at the Smoky Mountain Horse Show (Sept - 2021)

Me riding Desi in the 18" class

I rode Desi on the Cross-Country Schooling with Francesca at Dry Ridge Farm

Jose Hernandez led our group of 3 riders (plus a youngester in training that he ponied) on a super fun and exhilirating ride through the Holsten River, beginning and ending at the Niceley's Riverplains Farm in Strawberry Plains, TN. I rode Desi, Sharon Cannon rode Keavey ad Sky rode Iriel. August 2021

Sky had a very educational, motivational and memorable time at the 2021 Pony Club Festival at the KY Horse Park, Lexington, KY, where she participated in "D camp" with Elderglen's Iriel. Click the green link to read all about it and many more photos. (July 2021)

Welcome to the world, Foothills Blissfilly! palomino filly born 6/26/21 (Tullymor's Mountain Steel x Oakfield's Paisley)

We are pleased to announce the purchase of the lovely TB mare, Ruby Red Rocket! She will be staying with Megan Harris until she weans her 2021 foal in September. We are excited to welcome "Reba" to our little herd.

Foothills Field Marshall

4 yr old Foothills Highlander and his girl

Tullymor's Echota giving his girl a winning ride:-)

Sky's "Learn to event" pony club clinic at Flat Rock Ranch, pictured below right with Iriel, and friend Sawyer, mounted left

Bob likes Dressage (Marion C May-21)
Foothills Bobby Socks with Marion Caldwell:

Welcome to the world, Foothills Celtic Party! bay colt born 5/8/21 (Ceili Mosi oa Tunya x Corner Oak Celtic Star)

Sky and Iriel, loving their new partnership:-)

(FB post) Angela Rice is at Fairytale Farm, Douglas, MA
So proud of this girl!! Fiona (Tullymor's Mountain Steel x Donarweiss mare) walking independently and relaxed without ground person today! Thank you Autumn Lombardi for helping me start this wonderful 3 yr old Conemmara/Hanoverian filly. Fiona was sold as a yearling and owned and loved by Casy Calver; bred by Kathy Trum-Searah and Lisa Trum-Searah

Piedmont Sundance on the cover with rider/owner Zoe Schroeder

Lisa and Tullymor's Shady Lady (April 2021)


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