Farm is located on the east side of Richmond, Va., where we have
16 acres divided into four pastures and a system of woodsy jumping
trails. We have been here for almost five years, having previously
raised Connemaras in Florida since 1982. There we stood the stallion
Concord River Roaringwater Bay (Whitewood Galway Bay X Lynnfields
Proud Hope), a greatly beloved sire with more than 75 offspring,
recently deceased at the age of 32.
Charles City Road, Richmond, VA 23231 Phone: 804-507-0269 e-mail: email@example.com
above: Foothills Field
Marshall (a.k.a. "Bruiser")
Here, we are raising a new generation of event ponies and teaching
little kids to ride them. Our current stallion, Foothill's
Field Marshall aka Bruiser (*Gunsmoke X Foothills Maybee),
actually still lives in Florida where he is trained and ridden
by Elliott Blackmon. He is super talented, both in dressage and
jumping, with cross country his absolute favorite. He was originally
trained by Luke McLaughlin, now assistant trainer at Lyndon Rife
Dressage in Dallas, who showed him to great success. At his first
Connemara show at Pine Top Farm in Georgia he won the high-point
dressage award with a score in the 70's. At last year's Region
IV show in Florida, he was the Grand Champion In Hand as well
as dressage star. At his next two shows, USDF recognized Dressage
shows, he won every class he entered and qualified for the Regional
Championships in Georgia where he was 12th out of 27.
Foothills Field Marshalla.k.a.
When Luke left Florida for Texas, his training was taken over
by Elliott, an event rider, who also rides and trains another
Connemara stallion by *Gunsmoke, WH Top Gun, as well as
her own Irish Sport Horse. At Bruiser's first horse trial, he
beat all others in his division by some 20 points and had clean
stadium and cross country rounds. He has qualified for the last
three years for the American Eventing Championships, although
he did not attend in 2015. In 2013 he was the reserve champion
in the Beginner Novice division and in 2014 he was 10th in the
Novice division. So we are very excited about his offspring. His
semen ships very well and he has gotten all mares in foal with
the first shipment. He is negative for the HWSD gene. He has three
foals on the ground all out of purebred Connemara mares, and is
expecting three for next year, two out of purebred mares and one
out of an Irish Draft/TB cross. Our go-to broodmare is Hillside
Emily by Aladdin, who is a Premium mare of the ACPS.
give lessons year round, mostly to 6-12 year olds, and in the
summer have two weeks of Camp Horseshoe, where 10-20 "future
Olympians" spend their days riding, swimming and doing horsey
crafts. Another fun activity is a visit to the VMFA to do a 'treasure
hunt' of sorts, where they look for answers to questions about
the museum's extensive collection of horse paintings. (When did
George Stubbs live and what did he mostly paint?) During the show
season we go to local Hunter shows one or two times a month where
the girls show mostly in Pre Short Stirrup and Short Stirrup and
often are division champions. The favorite show ponies are Balmullo's
Katydid, Balmullo's Liffey Lad, Tre Awain Tinker's Moon, Balmullo's
Uproar, *Belle Dawn, and *Valencia Dralium. Valencia is a
loaner whose owners are off to Egypt for three years. She has
turned out to be a great addition.
Again, we attended all the Hidden Haven Hunter shows, usually
with four ponies and four-six riders. Lulu Malinowski did very
well on Balmullo's Uproar as did Summer Fraughnaugh on Balmullo's
Liffey Lad. Both earned year-end championships. Another great
little rider was Ande McCloud who leases and rides Balmullo's
Katydid with great success.
Fraughnaugh and Balmullo's Liffey Lad:
Lulu Malinoski and Balmullo's Uproar:
We had our 4th
year of Camp Horseshoe this year where we had a total of
some 20 budding young riders learning to ride and care for horses.
And we attended
our annual Connemara show in Lexington, VA. This turned out to
be one of the best ever, with six of our riders doing a musical
quadrille to great acclaim, and 5 of the girls and ponies entering
an inspired costume class. This year we went as an Art Museum,
the Balmullo Museum of Fine Arts, which could only have happened
because all the parents were artists of one sort or another. Each
of the girls was dressed as an artist with each pony painted as
one of the artists' works. We had Picasso, Mondrian, Frieda Khalo,
Andy Warhol, and Georgia O'Keefe. It was a huge success!
We had one foal
this year, born in April. Balmullo's Irish Moss was sired
by Foothills Field Marshall (aka Bruiser) and out of the premium
mare, Hillside Emily. Bruiser had another foal as well, this one
in California, a dun filly, Rosewood's Little Gem. His 2013 filly,
Balmullo's Summer Solstice, is doing well in New England.
He is expecting three in 2016, two purebreds and one out of an
ID/TB cross. Besides his duty as a sire, Bruiser had a great year
of eventing, qualifying for the AEC Championships for the third
year in a row, this year at Training Level.
for Rivendell's Summer Moon (Luna), our ID/TB cross, who
is in foal to Bruiser. Trainer Connie Warner says Luna is the
easiest horse she has ever started. We have great expectations
for her foal!! And our rescue mare, Tullymor's Clementine Rose,
continued her training and is now safely doing WTC and jumping.
Please see our sales list for more information about Clementine
and others for sale.
AT BALMULLO FARM
Summer Solstice, Bruiser's first foal:
in 2009, doing what he loved to do best:
Fraughnaugh on Jimbo:
on Miss Emma doing their dressage test:
on Liffey Lad and Donna on his mother, Miss Emma, took second
in the family class:
TOUREEN LADDIE AWARD:
Before packing up
to leave we attended the ACPS annual meeting in Alpharetta, GA,
where Concord River Roaringwater
Bay, Balmullo Farm's long-time resident stallion was awarded
the prestigious Toureen Laddie Award for a stallion that has contributed
to the breed through his offspring. Roary has been a superb sire
of performance ponies and also broodmares. He has produced over
75 foals, and from Balmullo Bay, born in 1985, to Roar's Last
Fancy, not yet a year old, there has not been a bad one. These
75 have produced some 67 sons and daughters, who have, in turn,
produced at least ten in the third generation. These are working
on the fourth generation with two, a colt by Windy Isles out of
Foothills Faithfilly and a filly by WH Top Gun out of Balmullo's
Matilda having already arrived. As Deb Norman's daughter, Allen
Clare, has said, "if you want one to ride, get one by Roary."
All have superb temperaments and are extremely tractable. Plus,
ahem, winsomely beautiful
and talented. We were very pleased
to have Roary so honored before we left his long time home.
Farm was established in 1978 for the purpose of breeding high
quality Connemaras and Connemara crosses for competition in combined
training events, dressage, and the hunter ring. Our motto is "handsome
is as handsome does" so that temperament is of the utmost
importance in creating animals that are personable and tractable.
The first purebred Connemara to come to Balmullo Farm was Rosehill's
Glenconi, aka Speckles, daughter of the famous imported stallion
Marconi. She joined two Thoroughbred mares living at the farm.
The second Connemara was Oakhill's Sweet Ashley. They were both
ridden and competed by young children for years, doing double
duty as brood mares in their spare time. In 1982, a weanling colt from Concord
River Farm in New England, Concord River's Roaringwater Bay (a.k.a.
"Roary"), came to join these mares. Roary's dam was
the American Connemara Pony Society's Broodmare of the Year awardee,
Lynfield's Proud Hope; his sire, also a society awardee, Whitewood
Galway Bay. Approved by the ACPS at his first presentation to
a group of Irish and American inspectors, Roary has turned out
to be the epitome of a kind and gentlemanly Connemara. In 2001,
Roary won the Stallion class at the ACPS Region 4 show in Atlanta.
He has sired over 50 foals out of Balmullo Farm mares, as well
as a number of ponies at Vanessa Morgan's Foothills Farm and Deb
Norman's Glendale Farm. In addition, he both rides and drives
and has competed in a number of local horse trials. He has has
spent many hours on the trail with both beginning and experienced
riders wanting a day in the lovely North Florida countryside.
is the perfect example of "handsome is as handsome does."
Click here for more photos and
link to Roary's pedigree.
stallion, Aladdin, well-known Connemara stallion from Virginia,
also resided for one winter at Balmullo Farm (winter vacation
in Florida!) and produced the beautiful Balmullo's Miss Emma (out
of OakHills Miss Independence) as well as the well known stallion,
(out of Tullymor's April Fool).
and Emma have proved to be a great 'nick' producing two fillies
and two colts so far.
Balmullo's Gallagher is standing at Erin Terra Farm in Missouri
and Balmullo's Miss Lucy just produced her first foal by Bluebeard
in Virginia. In November 2004 Miss Lucy was crowned Champion of
the first-ever Mountain and Moorland Class at the Devon Horse
Show in Pa., winning out over 35 Welsh, Dartmoor, Shetland and
other Connemaras, and in 2005 became the ACPS's Connemara of the
Hills Grey Ghost (Fieldstream Nicholas X Tullymor's Heather Lass)
has also produced a number of foals for Balmullo Farm. He is now
owned by Mike Edwards of Ft. White, Fl, although he comes to visit
Speckles, Ashley and Emma, Balmullo Farm has had a rotating band
of broodmares. Some memorable ones include Tullymor's April Fool,
Grand Champion at the Region 4 Show in 199X, Balmullo's Veronica
(Roary X Tullymor's April Fool), Courtney's April Frolic (Custusha's
Cashel Rock X Aillte Mhuire), Ballywhim Candace (by Dallen McMor),
Twinkle Too, and her daughters by Roary and Fieldstream Riley,
Balmullo's Little Star and Tullymor's Shandora, respectively.
Both Twinkle and Shandora have rather unusual bloodlines very
closely related to bothTully Lad and Toureen Laddie. Shandora
is expecting a Grey Ghost foal, from an oops-a-daisy breeding,
started a slightly new trend at Balmullo Farm, the international
trend. Our first imported pony came to Florida from Clifden, Ireland
in 2002. This is *Belle Dawn (Cascade Dawn X Lisabelle). "Minnie"
(pictured above and below) has proven to be a real joy,
winning classes and championships at the Reg III and Region IV
shows in 2003 and 2004. Minnie is in foal to Seven Hills Grey
Ghost for an August 2006 foal. Because we have only produced colts
for the last three years, in 2006 two fillies with international
ties were purchased, a filly by Hohnhorst Branni, Ballencrief
Sea Breeze, out of Aladdin's Winter Promise (whose lineage traces
to Strongbow!) and Erin Terra Morning Star, out of the imported
Hohnhorst Madeline by Balmullo's Gallagher. Also two brood mares,
one bred in Canada and one bred in Australia will be coming to
stay for awhile and hopefully reverse the trend on only colts.
And as Roary is now 24, we will be scouring the world for a stallion
to take his place.
(below R photo, courtesy of Megan Harris)
to Balmullo's Miss Lucy, winner of the 2005 A.C.P.S. Connemara of the
! This award is presented to a pony that has done something special
to bring positive attention to the breed. Lucy was the all-breed
champion of the Mountain and Mooreland class at Devon in 2004.
Lucy is by C.R. Roaringwater Bay and out of Balmullo's Miss Emma
by Aladdin and is owned by Cindy O'Flaherty of Middleburg, VA.
And 2008, Balmullos Azalea,
aka Ooh La La, went to the Pony Finals in Lexington,
Ky. Azalea qualified for the Green Pony Hunter Finals, The
Pony Finals, as well as the Medal Finals with very young rider,
Katherine Woodruff. At the competition she was tenth out
of 73 in the Green Ponies!
Farm is located just east of Richmond, Virginia, in Enrico County,
about 10 miles from Richmond's airport.
It is easily accessible from I-64 or I-295 and, of course, the
Richmond airport. Visitors are always welcome!
and visit, we will find something for you to do!