Smokey Duncan (C871)
14.3h dun, born 1987
Westside Frank (C817) Out of Smokey Jane Grey (C7477)
IHR Performance Tested and Approved

Winner of the Waterford Crystal Bowl and Clonkeehan Cup for Best Bred in Connemara and
the Perpetual Cup for Best in Show at Clifden 1990

CPBS Stallion list from 1992 - 1996 with Josie Conroy and 1997 with Paddy Folan at Turlough, Rosmuck

Performance testing for Connemara pony stallions was introduced for the first time in January 1992 when a group of 8 stallions were selected by the inspection team to undergo twelve weeks training at a center where they would be assessed on their conformation, temperament, soundness, ease of riding and athletic ability.

 Shown by J. Conroy:

  • Clifden 1989 3rd place 2-3 yr old colts
  • Clifden 1990 SUPREME CHAMPION and Confined Champion, 1st place Registered Stallions and 1st place 2-3 yr old colts
  • Clifden 1994 1st place Stallion, 4 & over
  • Clifden 1995 2nd place Stallion

The list of Approved Stallions standing in Connemara in 1990 was reduced to six, with one new three year old Smokey Duncan (871), leased to the Society by his owner Graham Tulloch, and standing with Josie Conroy at Bunowen. He was bred by Murty McGrath, Cregmore, and was by Westside Frank (817) dam Smokey Jane Grey (7477). His sire, who went to Germany, was by Bobby Brown (731), who was sold to USA, and this line traces back through seven generations to Clonkeehan Auratum (104), while his dam was daughter of the famous mare Smokey (1198) by Gil (43) who was the foundation mare of Murty McGrath's great line of ponies. (1) p. 236

 67th Annual Pony Show, Clifden - Aug. 16, 1990
     The Judges were Mr Pat Daly MRCVS, Miss Eugenia Murray and Mr J. Jones. The winner of the 3 year old colt class was Smokey Duncan (871), beautifully produced by Josie Conroy, and he went on to win the Open Stallion Class with the 19 year old
Abbeyleix Owen (496) standing in 2nd place. This was a great achievement for the Society stallions as the Confined Stallion Class had been dropped and the strong Open Class included several former winners. (1) p. 238

Finally we come to SMOKEY DUNCAN (C.P.S.871) on whose broad shoulders much of the future must hang. Duncan's pedigree extends beyond the confines of a split pedigree chart and is full of good things, Carna Bobby, Carna Dun, Clonkeehan Auratum, Mac Dara, May Boy, they are all there, albeit a way back in some instances. On the female side there is Atlantic Mist, Lissoughter Dolly (granddaughter of Retreat), Callowfeenish Dolly II and Kingstown Grey. All familiar names to most of us. The 'Smokey' family of the McGraths is, on the other hand, one I am not familiar with, maybe because the McGraths live out at Claregalway which I have not visited. Graham believed in this female line and that has to be good enough for me. It was Graham who found and bought Duncan. He was shown at Clifden as a two year old and was placed 3rd. In 1990, in Josie Conroy's experienced hands, not only did he win the open Stallion class but he was awarded the over all Supreme Award at the end of the day. This was a very fitting tribute to Graham Tulloch who has done so much for the Society, the Breed and its Breeders over the years. Duncan is well built and closer to the ground than the other sires reviewed. He maintains the look of a pony in spite of his strong frame and looks to be exactly what Connemara requires at this time. (2) p. 278

(1) Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society 1923-1998,
by Elizabeth Petch, 1998

(2) Out of the Mist - The Connemara Pony,
by Pat Lyne, 1990


A few of Smokey Duncan's Get and Their Accomplishments
(there are many others, too numberous to mention!!):

Star II
Out of Miss Logan
Starting her show jumping career at age 10,
after breeding four foals!

Holy Smoke /M11763
Out of Bunowen Castle Queen (9548)
Bred by Festy King, Ballyconnelly
Owner Jane Bruce, Northern Ireland


I own a lovely dun pony out of Smokey Duncan called - 'Holy Smoke' . I see that you have a whole page devoted to smokey duncan and thought you might like some info on her and a photo to add her to your list of 'duncan's' offspring.


She was placed
1st in the yearling class at the RDS in 1997 and was 6th in the 4/5 year old and over at the RDS in 2002. She really excels under saddle and especially at jumping and has won various accolades in the north of Ireland. We are now currently competing in the new discipline of 'le trec' with great success. She possesses that typical 'Smokey Duncan' workmanlike attitude to her work !!!! Attached is a photo of holy smoke winning mountain and moorland reserve champion at the balmoral championships , northern ireland.
Keep up the good work , I look forward to visiting your site in the near future !! Best Regards, Jane Bruce (N.Ireland) (July 2003) P.S. Gunsmoke is a really lovely stallion !!

Duncan Donut
Out of Windy Glimmer

Carna Girl M12684
Out of Carna Grey
Breeder Mrs Maura Reaney, Kinvara, Camus, Co. Galway.
Owner Ms Michelle & Kate Acton, 14 Harbour Heights, Seaview, Clifden, Co. Galway
Clifden 2004 6th place Registered Connemara Pony to be ridden by a child 16 years and under.

Lady of the Erne   /M11640
Out of Murvey Misty (M9035)
Bred by Seamus Keane Ardnagree Vagh
Owner Sinead Lusby, 27, Beechgrove, Oranmore

Letterdyfe Dolly   /M11504
Out of Errisbeg Dolly (M6940)
Bred by Michael Connelly Letterdyte
Onwer Caillin Coneely Letterdyte

Beech Girl   /M10629

Dam of Tall Tales Paddy by Monaghanstown Fionn (1003), 1999 gelding, 148 cms; bred by Paddy McCormick Price; seller P McLaren Address Spurview, 30 Crossowen, Augher Co. Tyrone Telephone No 0288 554 9939 Email

 Blue Smokie   /S994
Out of Miss Logan (M7395)
148cm, 1991, Grey
Bred by Marty Keaney Murvey
Owned by the Society (c/o Joe McNamara, Goulane West, Clifden, Galway); standing with Tom Mac Lochlainn, 2005 CPBS President

4th Place Connemara pony stallion ridden by person 16 years or over (Class E) - CLIFDEN 2003
2nd Place Connemara Pony Stallion ridden by person 16 years or over (Class E) - CLIFDEN 2002

Western Princess /M0012718
1998, out of Western Lady (M9077)
Clifden 2000, Winner of Class 4:2 YEAR OLD FILLY
Bred by Michael Mitchell, Ballagh, Bushypark, Co. Galway
Owner Mary Mitchell-Egan, Ballagh, Bushypark, Co. Galway

Clifden 2005: Registered Mare six or seven years old with or without foal at foot - Placing 8th

Internet Connemara Pony Gallery

Tooreen Lady /M10368
out of Mourneen Daisy (M6033) by Kimble (S227)

Mayday Cuckoo /M
1994, out of Heather Cuckoo (M8509)
Owned by John Joyce
Clifden 1995 3rd place Yearling Filly
Clifden 1994 Filly Foal and Champion Foal

I am a French breeder of Connemara ponies.
I am the webmaster of a Connemara pony portal:
And the fortunate owner of Mayday Cuckoo by Smokey Duncan and Heather Cuckoo.
She was Supreme Champion in Clifden 1998.
I join photos ! So you could update your page.
Your website is fantastic, particulary "la creme de la creme"
Best wishes, Benoît Lecuyer, Elevage Connemara Dundee

Patsy 94/M
Out of Eileen's Pride by Slyne Head
148 cm gray German Mare
Owned by Marvellous Connemaras, Germany

Josy Lady 94/M
Out of MD Harvest Lady by Abbeyleix Owen
144 cm gray German Mare
Owned by Marvellous Connemaras, Germany

Irish Connemara Mare 93/M
Out of Heather Cuckoo (M8509)
Owned by John Joyce
Clifden 1993 2nd place Filly Foal

*Gun Smoke 92/S986
Out of Brown Lady (M7157)
14.3 hand dun
Bred by Malachy Sweeny, Bunowen, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Imported to the U.S.A.; owned by Foothills Farms Connemaras, Charlie & Vanessa Morgan, Athens, TN
Clifden 1995 2nd place 3yr old colts
Clifden 1994 1st place 2yr old colts
Shown by Hugh Gordon, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Irish Connemara Colt - 92/
Out of Milford Wren (M8067)
Owned by John Joyce
Clifden 1992 Colt Foal and Champion Foal

At Clifden in 1992, Smokey Duncan's foals took all 3 top ribbons in the colt foal class:
 1st place, shown by S. McCoughlin (o/o C8067)
2nd place, shown by M. Keaney (o/o C7385
    3rd place, shown by E Neee (o/o C6387)

Irish Connemara Filly - 92/M9857
Out of April Star (M7894)
Clifden 1995 2nd place 3 Year Old Mare Filly Foal, shown by Dorman
Clifden 1992 Filly Foal, owned by Mary Rabbit

Rath Moy Smokey Colm - G0003083
Out of Bright Star
Owner Mr Padraic Cahill, Rathmoy House, Quay Road, Ballina Co. Mayo
Breeder Mr Paul Conneely, Snabo, Rosmuc, Connemara. Co. Galway.

Clifden 2005 - Registered Connemara Pony to be ridden by a child 16 years and under on 1st January 2004 - 8th place

A small sampling of Smokey Duncan's foals and their accomplishments:

Clifden 1992, his foals took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the colt foal class:
   1st place, shown by S. McCoughlin (o/o C8067)
    2nd place, shown by M. Keaney (o/o C7385)
    3rd place, shown by E Neee (o/o C6387)

Clifden 1992 1st place filly foal, shown by M. Rabbit (o/o C7894)
Clifden 1993 2nd place filly foal, shown by J. Joyce (o/o C8509)
Clifden 1994 1st place filly foal, shown by J. Joyce (o/o C8509)

C986, Gun Smoke out of Brown Lady (C7157), shown by H Gordon
     Clifden 1994 1st place 2yr old colt
     Clifden 1995 1st place 3yr old colt

Clifden 1995 3rd place yearling filly, shown by J. Joyce (o/o C8509)
Clifden 1995 2nd place 3 yr old mare (C9857), shown by Dorman (o/o C7894)