Concord River's Roaringwater Bay
14.3 h dark bay Connemara Stallion

1987? - 2015

(Whitewood Galway Bay x Lynfield's Proud Hope)

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Bred by Concord River Farm, Carlisle, MA; Owned by Donna Duckworth, Balmullo Connemara Pony Farm, Alachua, FL

Congratulations to owner, Donna Duckworth, on winning the ACPS Hall of Fame 2010 Tooreen Laddie Trophy for Concord River Roaringwater Bay! Roary was bred by Liz Platiais, and spent the majority of his 20+ years breeding wonderful Connemara ponies and halfbreds at Donna's Balmullo Connemara Pony Farm in Alachua, FL.

Pictured here with passenger, breeder, Liz Platais

Read the tribute to Roary in the Jan/Feb Issue (Ed II, Vol 12 No1) of American Connemara

Roary won the award for his offspring -- he has had over 75 foals with 67 grandkids, at least that is what I can count, great performance ponies...some of the most well-known...Balmullo's Miss Lucy, won the Connemara division at Devon the first time there was a class for Connemaras at Devon; Balmullo's Azalea aka Ooh La La, 10th/75 in the Large Ponies at the USEF Pony finals in 07; Balmullo's Gallagher, stallion owned by Michelle Haas; Balmullo's Liffey Lad, evented some by Donna Miller, now by a 14 yo girl, has been high scoring dressage pony at two shows, one score was 79%!; Foothill's Waterman, event pony; Balmullo's Little Star, Balmullo's Rhiannon, Balmullo's Veronica....brood mares. Lots of nice half breds too! His last foal was a LOUD paint filly! What I love him for is his temperament, the kindest animal you could imagine and passed it on to ALL! Can't find any really good photos of him, they are all too old to be in the computer but here are a couple...the last two are when he was 27 with my grandaughter....that is what he likes to do now. Donna

Concord River Roaringwater Bay, ACPS S456 XXIII, was born at River Road Farm in Massachusetts, but has lived at Balmullo Farm in Florida for the past 21 years, ever since he was six months old. He has had an extremely successful career as a sire of outstanding performance and conformation ponies, both pure bred and TB crosses. He was inspected and approved during the first inspection tour held by the ACPS with two Irish inspectors present. In 2004, one of his daughters, Balmullo’s Miss Lucy (out of Balmullo’s Miss Emma by Aladdin), had the very high honor of being named grand champion of the first ever Mountain and Moorland class at the prestigious Dressage at Devon show in Pennsylvania. A half-bred son, Chesapeake Bay, was the champion half-bred gelding at the ACPS Region 4 show, and a daughter, Balmullo’s Luna, was champion Sport Horse of the Deep South Dressage and Combined Training Association, also in 2004. Several of his offspring have competed at very high levels in both eventing and dressage, most notably Balmullo’s Savannah and Balmullo’s Charleston. Now 22, Roary is still going strong.

Roary’s sire was Whitewood Galway Bay and his dam, Lynnfields Proud Hope (by Texas Hope). Both were year-end awardees of the ACPS, Galway Bay as an outstanding stallion (1992 Tooreen Laddie Trophy) and Proud Hope as a broodmare (1987 Hall of Fame) . He is half-brother to two other outstanding stallions that have played a big role in the pedigrees of American Connemaras, Bantry Bay on his sire’s side, and Hideaway’s Greystone Alex on his dam’s. In 2001 Roary was the champion stallion at the Region 4 show in Atlanta. He has been trained to both ride and drive and does either with the same willingness. When he was younger, he competed in a number of horse trials and was never known to stop at a fence. His most outstanding characteristic, however, is one in which there are no competitions. It is his fabulous temperament which he readily passes on to his offspring, making them, as he is, kind, friendly, tractable, and trainable. Thus, he is not only a wonderful sire, but a delightful companion.”