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 Foothills Hopefilly
13.3 1/2 h, bay mare, born 6/8/99
(C.R. Roaringwater Bay x Blue Hills Morning Star)

Inspected and Approved by the
American Connemara Pony Society.
Hope's Sire and Dam have also been Inspected and Approved by the American Connemara Pony Society.

Bred and owned by FFC. Leased to Diana Cooley (CA)
Full sister to Foothills River Pearl

Trail class tester:


Halloween fun with Foothills Connemara ponies:-)

Hopefilly is dressed with the Cooleys and a Flower and Honeybees.

Congratulations to Diana Cooley on her 2nd place finish in the Summer Festival CDE at Clay Station Horse Park, Wilton, CA, Training Single Pony. (June 2018)

Below: preparing for the upcoming CDE

2014 Bronze Medallion in Driving
2006 Bronze Medallion in Hunters
2003 Bronze Medallion In-Hand

Hopefilly is a true "do-it-all" Connemara pony!!

Currently on lease (2016-2017) to Diana Cooley in California. Here are some of their most recent fun time:

Hope's produce:

2008 Foothills Bobby Socks by *Gun Smoke

2003 Foothills Faithfilly  by Balmullo's Beacon

C.R. Roaringwater Bay X Blue Hills Morning Star


River Plains Driving Derby - First time doing obstacles with the pair: Foothills Hopefilly and Foothills River Queen - (August 2015)

Whip - Vanessa Morgan
Gator - Charlie Morgan
Groom -
Brionna Harper

What fun Charlie and I had at the inaugural River Plains Driving Derby with Foothills Hopefilly! (6/28/15)

Carole Moss and I took Foothills Hopefilly and Foothills River Queen to Florida for the final week of "The Caravan; a trans-continental horse-drawn journey"

6th place Preliminary Single Pony at the 2014 Indiana CDE 8/30-31/14
Finished 8th o/o 12 after dressage and cones (no balls down but had 6 time penalties); was 3rd in marathon (awesome run with no time penalties), finished in 6th place. Charlie was fantastic gator!

2014 Indiana Combined Driving Event, Hoosier Horse Park
Foothills Hopefilly: whip, Vanessa Morgan - navigator, Charlie Morgan

Finished in 6th in a highly contested field with only a few time faults in cones; this was our 1st recognized start in the Preliminary Single Pony divison.

July 2014: I am very please to report that Foothills Hopefilly performed very well at the Middle TN Carriage Club HDT last weekend. This was our first go at Preliminary and we ended up in 2nd place!
You can read the full details of our outing at the 2014 MTCC.

Foothills Hopefilly (C.R. Roaringwater Bay x Blue Hills Morning Star) finished 2nd at her first Horse Driving Trials (HDT) in the Preliminary Single Pony division at the Middle Tennessee Carriage Club HDT schooling show at Percy Warner Park in Nashville. Vanessa was driving, with husband Charlie navigating. What a blast! I was so proud of Hope. She attacked the hazards like a pony 1/2 her age (the same can be said of the whip and gator:-) BTW, this was only Charlie's second time navigating, he remembered all the gates and did a great job! This was also the first go at Prelim for all 3 of us. We have decided that we are not moving back to Training; Prelim is much more exciting, though MUCH more competitive at the recognized ADS CDEs. We are going for the fun, not the ribbons, but placing always makes it a bit more fun.

Foothills Hopefilly at the 2014 MTCC HDT: Hope's first start at Prelim Single Pony and Charlie's first go as navigator!

Below: Hope in May 2014

Below: Hope was put to a pair for the first time by Sue Hrizuk in 2013 with her pony (far side) Ulysseus

4th place - Training Single Pony at the Indiana CDE, Hoosier Horse Park, September 2011:

Vanessa Morgan finished in 4th place with Foothills Hopefilly in the Training Single Pony division of the Indiana CDE on Labor Day weekend. The event was at the Hoosier Horse Park. Son, Dillon Morgan, was the navigator. This was Dillon's first-ever equine competition and he was fantastic, keeping his mom on course and on time through all 3 marathon phases. Hope again proved what a fantastic, reliable pony she is with double-clear rounds in cones and marathon.

More 2011 Indiana CDE photos

4th place - Training Single Pony at the Gayla CDE, Georgetown, KY, May 2011

Gayla 2011 Cones Pics
Gayla 2011 Marathon Pics

Below: Me (VM) driving Foothills Hopefilly at Katydid (Nov 2010).
I wish I was smiling to show how much fun I was having:-) When I concentrate (i.e. staying on course in dressage), I look way too serious!

Additional photos from 2010 Katydid HDT

May 2010, Hopefilly went to training with Ashley Jenkins to learn to drive. Ashley writes, "Yes, we have pulled the drag and all it merited was one ear-flick back and then we went on like we've always been pulling noisy, rattling singletrees. We are going to keep doing it some more this week, but we are going to do our first basic intro to the cart tomorrow (I'll have someone walking it around the ring while we are in there-in front of her, beside her, behind her, rub her sides with the shafts, put the shafts in the tugs and take them out a few times, etc). That will determine how soon we actually hitch her. So far she has taken everything in stride beautifully."

Hope was in the pre-beginner division and did well winning 1 blue and 2 reds. Jenny Chandler on Hope (7/06):

Hope's First Show under saddle (4/06)

Foothills Hopefilly did VERY well at our show today.
Lake Oconee Equine Center, Eatonton, GA, April 15, 2006:
Beg. w/t - 1st
Beg. w/t/c- 2nd
Beg. champion

Short stirrup w/t/c- 5th
Short stirrup crossrails- 2nd
Short stirrup w/t/c equitation- 3rd

Connemara relocations (1/06)

Recently, Carole Moss and I took a 10 hour road trip (down and back) to Eatonton, GA. Hope is now at the Lake Oconee Equestrian Center with Rai and Peggy Allen; these photos of her were taken the week after her arrival.

Above at PNH Clinic, May 2002, with Parker Morgan

ACPS Region 4 Show in Conyers, GA: August 3-4, 2001

Foothills Hopefilly, 1st place - Purebred 2 year olds
Foothills River Queen and Foothills Hopefilly, 1st place - Get of Sire

ACPS Region 4 Show in Nashville, TN: July 1-2, 2000
Foothills Hopefilly, 1st place - Purebred Yearlings
Foothills River Queen and Foothills Hopefilly, 1st place - Get of Sire

   Hope is full sister to Foothills River Pearl: