Arbor Lane's Conor

Connemara-TB gelding

Foaled 4/24/04

Bred and owned by Marion Caldwell (KY)

By *Gun Smoke, out of Hattie Belew, 15.3h dk br/bay TB JC# 8736226

 

 

Congratulations to Marion Calwell and Arbor Lane Conor (*Gun Smoke x Hattie Belew, TB) who won at the 2012 Sporting Days Horse Trials

Robbie loves Conor. He takes good care of Robbie. 10-Jan


above L-R: Rob Caldwell on Arbor Lane Conor & Marion Caldwell on Foothills Juniper

All smiles before the hunt in Camden, SC. 10-Jan

above L-R: Laura Burns on Foothills Juniper & Marion Caldwell on Arbor Lane Conor

Marion on Conor, (TB cross, by *Gun Smoke) with the Woodford hounds 10/13/09

Conor won 2nd place at BN Horse Trials, KY Horse Park on 6/20/09

I’m pressing on with Conor and am planning some shows for him. He did the clinic as well and was very good at the BN level. He was a bit strong x-c so made some changes in the bridle and am working on keeping him up. He is the first horse I have ridden where the instructor says he is already connected and doesn’t need to be round. He is getting braver as he matures but is no bubba baby in that sense. I took him to a hunter show Saturday and he won every class I entered him in. They really like his movement and the classes were 20+ horses and ponies. I was surprised but it is good to know. We just did poles and crossrails to give him the exposure without him having to worry about keeping his balance.

We have a new filly named Lily born on Easter. She is a flashy dun with 3 white legs and a funny blaze. Celeste is 2 years old and can’t wait to get in the pasture with that new little playmate. Hattie wants nothing to do with that just yet. She doesn’t mind Conor but doesn’t like the mares around her baby yet. I have only heard that Bailey arrived safe and sound. I need to contact them and see if they are breeding her this year.

Hope you are able to ride more this year. Even if it is at home and around the farm, it sure is fun on these nice ponies very good at the BN level. He was a bit strong x-c so made some changes in the bridle and am working on keeping him up. He is the first horse I have ridden where the instructor says he is already connected and doesn’t need to be round. He is getting braver as he matures but is no bubba baby in that sense. I took him to a hunter show Saturday and he won every class I entered him in. They really like his movement and the classes were 20+ horses and ponies. I was surprised but it is good to know. We just did poles and crossrails to give him the exposure without him having to worry about keeping his balance.(April 09)

 

Conor is the perfect hunt horse – never pulls and stays with the field.  Marion '08

Conor at the blessing of Woodford Hounds at Shaker Village, KY.  Conor aka "little man" hunts 1st field with Woodford clearing the rock fences with no hesitation. Connemaras can jump!  (Nov 07)

Conor just home from foxhunting.  I think he is a little tired! (Nov  07)

I have been busy foxhunting and last time out, Conor and I led the 2nd field.  He did pretty well as he was familiar with the fixture.  I had to encourage him a little but overall he did his best to be brave.  Not too shabby for a 4 year old.  The best thing about him is I can ride him for 3 hours and not hurt anywhere.  He is my “baby bear” horse – fits me just right. (Oct 07)

Conor went cubbing Saturday.  We were out three hours and he was great.  A little nervous but he is happy to follow along which is a blessing in the field. My elbow ligaments appreciated the gentle treatmentJ.  He followed an experienced horse over a smallish coop without a problem.  I will be hilltopping him mostly with a little coop thrown in now and again for training.  Hunting was great with coyotes playing tag team with the hounds and giving us all a good run for our money without anything getting killed (my favorite kind of hunting).

  Conor did a starter CT today...He was so good considering he had never jumped a flower box before...His dressage was as good as he could do given his training/rider and the grass arena.  He has PACKER written all over him – quiet as a mouse at the show – nothing bothered him.  I’m looking forward to hill topping with him this fall and winter.  That activity will help muscle him up.  He is changing into a mature horse and is quiet the handsome dude.  I’m so proud of him, can you tell?? (7/07)

 

 

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