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Bruiser (Foothill's Field Marshall by *Gunsmoke, out of Foothill’s Maybee) made his show debut and he was WONDERFUL. Only off the farm once before and the first thing he had to deal with was a couple of bicycles and a golf cart headed right for him! He seems to have taken it all in stride, however. He earning a first place for Intro Test B with a 66% and a second for Intro Test A with 60%, ridden by Luke McLaughlin. (10/31/10)

Ocala, FL: Luke McLaughlin rode the stallion, W H Top Gun (*Gun Smoke X Ballywhim Candace), to a first place showing in Training Level Test 4 at a recent Ocala Horse Park Schooling Show. He received an excellent 70+% score. The pair will make their First Level debut in two weeks, also at the Ocala Horse Park. Luke started out riding warmbloods for Valhalla Farm but now rides Connemaras almost exclusively. He consistently scores in the 60-70+%’s and won two Show High Score awards riding Balmullo’s Liffey Lad. Luke loves the Connemaras for their good nature and trainability and thinks they can be every bit as competitive in dressage as the warmbloods.

Three (3) daughters of Blue Hills Morning Star have started driving this year:

Corner Oak Celtic Star (CoStar) was started this summer by Rachel Nicely, then later spent time with Ashley Jenkins. Carole Moss (below) was awarded the 2010 ACPS Senior Scholarship, which she plans to use for driving coaching with CoStar.

(below) Carole taking CoStar over her first bridge at the 2010 National Drive in Indiana.

Marion Caldwell is now driving Foothills Juniper (below) and says that she has transitioned very easily from pony clubber / foxhunter to a CDE prospect.

The 3rd sister to take up driving this year is Foothills Hopefilly (below), who just finished her first CDE at Katydid in Windsor, SC. More to come on this girl!! (Nov - 10)

On a sad note, we lost our dear Connemara gelding, Beacon's TeaGo, to a lightening strike during a summer storm.

Balmullo's Beacon is the new pony club mount for 9 yr old Avery Lewis in Georgia.

After each nightly ride at our farm, Avery takes him for a ½ hour cool down walk along the trails where we live. Inevitably deer pop out of the woods in a frenzy to get away. Every other pony that she has ridden freaks each time it happens. Bubba/Beacon just looks calmly. He is the greatest!!! Jeff 9/10

On Sept 25, Beacon and Avery competed in their first 2 dressage classes together and earned two blue ribbons with scores in the high 60's; they moved up to Training Test 1 at a GDCTA recognized show and earned at 67.0 and won Champion of the 2-show series in her walk/trot classes.

Dreamcatcher's Fyrestorme (by *Gun Smoke) has been leased to Jennifer Hood in Georgia

Jennifer is calling her "Remy" ...A couple of updates:

Just wanted to let you know that the pony girl is great. We didn't do much with her this week and just gave her the chance to settle in, but last night Sarah Beth did some ring work with her and she had some nice moments where she came round and got on the bit and listened to SB's aids. I took her on a trail ride this morning with two girlfriends of mine and she was perfect, even when a deer ran our in font of us and when some bikes passed. I was very proud of her! She had her feet done on Thursday and was a good girl for our farrier, too. I love her personality, too - she's very sweet. Thank you again for sharing her. (7/10)

R.E. her first cross-country school: "She was so good ....SB's instructor had her walk each obstacle a couple of times to start out and then she trotted them. She was very brave and did everything that was asked of her the first time. She schooled the tadpole up-bank, a beginner novice ditch and a couple of logs and was absolutely perfect!
She is GREAT! We've been to our local equestrian park twice now and ridden a lot of trails at home too - she has been well behaved every time. She's exactly as you said she'd be ... (8/10)

Shortly after the Mid-West Connemara show, I ventured to Virginia to the ACPS Region III show. I got to watch two of my homebreds compete this year. Elaine Meihlan was riding her leased Connemara, Foothills MayBee (Balmullo's Beacon x Blue Hills Erin)







Elaine Meilhan and Bee placed 2nd in the BN Combined Test division and were 1st in the Green Connemara Division













At the Region III show, I also got to visit with Dana Norquist and watch her ride on her beloved Connemara gelding, Foothills Waterman a.k.a. Bucky (Concord River's Roaringwater Bay x Misty Meadow Miss Bonnie).

They did very well in their dressage classes (I think they won) and also won
1st place in the Novice Combined Test

After the Region IV show, which is hard to beat, Carole Moss and I made the trek to the Peotone, Illinois, where a little bit of Ireland came in the form of the second annual Midwest Connemara Breeders Show. People from as far away as California and Florida, as well as Ireland, came to see the show and have some good old Irish fun!! Three rings ran for most of the day, while in the background children were bouncing in the bounce house, going for hay rides, or practicing their Irish dancing..

Also at the show I saw two of Pat Cunningham's young geldings. Mike Mulligan (below, with Tim Cunningham), is a 3 yr old handsome gray by Kilfenora Windy Isles out of Foothills Faithfilly.

Mike has started work in harness and is proving to be a wonderful driving pony. Pat's other gelding, Foothills Bobby Socks (below), placed very well in the purebred geldings class. Bobby is a 2 yr old bay by *Gun Smoke, out of Foothills Hopefilly.

Another of *Gun Smoke's get at the show was Arbor Lane's Bailey (below).

Her suckling foal won the foal race, which was a real hoot to watch! Bailey is owned by Windy Isles Farm; she is out of Foothills MayBee and is full sister to Donna Duckworth's young stallion, Foothills Field Marshall (a.k.a. Bruiser).

I am pleased to report that Elmshoot's Krispin O'Thule (*Gun Smoke x Ridgetop Thule Mist) was Supreme Champion In-hand.

Krispin was also Inspected and Approved by the ACPS. Krispin was bred by Kathy Sparks, Slippery Elm Shoot Farm, and is owned by Martin Fitzgerald, Kerry Meadows Farm, himself an Irish import!

FFC is proud to announce ACPS approval of our mares: Dreamcatcher's Fyrestorme, Corner Oak Celtic Star and Foothills Caroline.

I want to thank Carla Jimmerson for showing Dreamcatcher’s Fyrestorme (above left), Megan Buchanan-Harris for showing Corner Oak Celtic Star (above right),
and Luke McLaughlin for showing Balmullo's Catfish (below) at the 2010 ACPS Region IV Show.

I could have not brought 4 ponies to the show without the generous help of my friends, including Rachel Blalock and Carole Moss for helping me so much at the show and the inspections! I had a wonderful time and it was so good to see everybody.

Megan and CoStar:

Carla and Dreamy:

Congratulations to Lorna Henard on ACPS approval of her Connemara stallion, Bailey's Irish Dream (Balius Turlough x Beacon's Siobhan)!

above - Balmullo's Catfish at the ACPS Region IV Show (June 2010)

Dana Norquist and Foothills Waterman finished 3rd (out of 16 starters) at the Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (MD) on June 6th and 3rd (out of 18 starters) at the Virginia Three-day Event & H.T. (VA) on May 21, 2010

Miss Cassie (Balmullo's Cassiopia) won her two classes at a little dressage show yesterday in Training Test 3 and First Level Test 1...Her leg yields are beautiful! I'm finally better able to help her balance at the canter so I hope to move on to extended canter and the counter canter so I can compete in First Level Four and try to get qualified for the Regionals this year in First level. Janet Hibel May-2010

Jill Torres on Jolly Mon (*Gun Smoke x Balmullo's Rhiannon) May 2010

Corner Oak Celtic Star in training at Riverplains Farmdriving (U-tube video)

Corner Oak Celtic Star in training at Riverplains Farmundersaddle (U-tube video)

News from Windy Isles: On March 20th Arbor Lane’s Bailey (*Gunsmoke x Foothills Maybee by Balmullo’s Beacon) delivered a dun (to stay dun!) colt sired by *The Quietman. He has been named Windy Isles Cisco Kidd. We’re very pleased with him and he looks like he’s going to be very fancy.

King's Point Goat Farm - new (unauthorized) webpage

Lorna's students attend their first horse show (4H) with Smokey's Design and Foothills River Queen 10-Apr

Lazer Lavendar (by Balmullo's Beacon) and Laura Szeremi (TX) 10-Apr

Lavender is moving up to training level and I thought you'd like to see her latest!!

Black Dog's Fiona (by *Gun Smoke) and Carol Green (TX) at Feather Creek Lazer 10-Apr

Holly Hill Spring H.T. (LA) 2010-04-16 NoviceONAmt (Starters: 8) - 4th place

Beacon's Seraphim Sheamus (by Balmullo's Beacon) has a new owner, Randy Rease, Rivendell Connemaras (G) 10-Apr

I want to recognize these ponies that won ACPS Achievement Awards in 2009:
Balmullo's Cassiopia (Balmullo's Beacon x Blue Hills Morning Star) with Janet Hibel, earned a Silver Medallion in Dressage
Tuckaseegee's Dundee (Foothills Waterman x Kid Sister) with Kathy Nebel, earned a Silver Medallion in Dressage; also received the USDF Training Level Vintage Cup.
Foothills Foggy Morning (*Gun Smoke x Balmullo's Rhiannon) with Darian Hall, earned a Certificate in Dressage
Foothills Waterman (Concord River Roaringwater Bay x Misty Meadows Miss Bonnie) with Dana Norquist, earned a Gold Medallion in Eventing
Black Dog's Fiona (*Gun Smoke x Pestyside) with Carol Green, earned a Gold Medallion in Eventing

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We have lost track of the current owners, locations, and status of the following ponies;
any news or updates on their whereabouts would be greatly appreciated.

Foothills Ashford

(2003 photo)  last known address: Hoaenwald, TN

Gately's Smoking Gun

(2003 photo)  last known address: California

Foothills Holiday

last known address: Louisiana

Foothills Finale

(1993 photo)  last known address: Greenwood, SC








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