Cathreim Solas a.k.a. Hilites
Connemara-TB mare, 1999, bay-roan
(Moxley Duncan x Pleasure Is Mine)

Hilites was born at FFC after purchacing her dam, Pleasure Is Mine, in foal to Moxley Duncan, from Blue Ridge Farm, Upperville, VA.

Hilites is owned by Rachel Blalock, Knoxville, TN

2015 ACPS Region IV Show:

It was super fun to see Rachel Blalock there with her Connemara-TB, Catherim Solas (aka Hilites, aka Loppy). They don't show often, but when they do, they go all-out (below right). Rachel and Loppy were both well up to form, winning the Overall Connemara Driving Championship.


Rachel Blalock made her combined driving debut at the Indiana CDE on 9/1-9/2/12 with her half-bred pony Cathreim Solas (a.k.a. Hilites). Hilites (a.k.a. Loppy) is a Connemara-TB cross by Moxley Duncan out of a Secretariat grand-daughter, Pleasure Is Mine. Vanessa bought the mare in foal from Katherine Wilkins and the beautiful roan filly became Rachel's first pony of her very own, having grown up riding various ponies at a Knoxville pony hunter barn, and for quite a while leased Foothills River Queen. I, Vanessa Morgan, got to gator for Rachel during marathon and in spite of the pouring rain, had a blast. Like cross-country, the marathon phase is the fun and easy part for Connemara ponies. After a less than stellar dressage test (first one ever!), and a very good cones course (slightly slow and briefly got lost), Loppy put on her game face and booked it around Marathon. We had some time faults due to navational error on phase A (partially due to inability to read our time card), but came in on time for D (the walk phase) and had a perfect phase E (obstacles!) It was a terrific first outing and I think Rachel might be hooked on combined driving:-)


Moxley Duncan x Pleasure Is Mine (TB)


2011 National Drive:

Rachel Blalock, Carole Moss and I recently returned from the National Drive, at the KY Horse Park (October 5 - 9, 2011). It was another splendid weekend.

Rachel got lots to expose her Connemara-TB mare to lots of new things and it proved a confidence builder for both pony and Whip.

April 2011

Being driven by Ashley Jenkins - 2010: