Bred in Ellenburg, Washington, Castlebar Gaelic joined Elodon Connemaras in July 2010. Cassie, as she is called at Elodon, is an exceptionally sweet and gentle mare – even for a Connemara. Cassie greets people at the gate with a nicker. She shares this trait with her foals, who all have her people-loving temperament. Other excellent qualities she passes along to her foals are her correct limbs, clean throatlatch, smooth neck to shoulder connection and well defined withers. Two of her daughters by Century Hills Aedan Zodiac, Elodon Riona and Elodon Dara, were inspected and approved by the CCPS in 2016. Elodon Riona scored particularly high and would have received CCPS premium status if she had met the CCPS requirement of having produced a registered purebred foal.
Cassie’s legacy isn’t limited to her offspring. Castlebar Gaelic was one of many ponies whose genetic and pedigree data was used by UC Davis during the development of the commercial test for HWSD.
A closer look at Cassie’s Pedigree
Cassie is by Skyview’s Triton, an ACPS inspected and approved 14.3 hh palomino stallion. He currently stands at Dayton Ridge Farm in Wisconsin. Skyview’s Triton is by Custusha’s Cashel Rock, one of the west coast’s most famous Connemara stallions. “Rocky,” as he was affectionately known, won both the ACPS Hall of Fame Performance “An Tostal” and “Camlin” trophies as well as receiving ACPS gold medallions in hunter, jumper, dressage and combined training disciplines. Not just an athlete, Rocky was a prepotent sire as well – siring two ACPS premium stallions, Skyview’s Orion (full brother to Skyview’s Triton) and Cashel’s Rock of Ages. He is also the grandsire of ACPS premium stallion, MGRM Brigadoon. As of September 2016, Custusha’s Castle Rock is the first and only stallion to have two sons achieve ACPS premium stallion status. In 1990, Custusha’s Castle Rock was commemorated as a Breyer Model horse, “Rocky, Champion Connemara Stallion.”
Skyview’s Triton’s dam is Skyview’s Lady Rigel. She is sired by Gilnocky Drumcliffe. Two of his offspring, Balius Kerry Blue and Ferdinand’s Roxana, won the ACPS Hall of Fame Performance “Camlin” Award. Interestly Gilnocky Drumcliffe is mentioned in the book, Conservation Genetics of Endangered Horse Breeds, (EAAP Scientific Series, Volume 116, Editors: Imre Bodó, Lawrence Alderson and Bertrand Langlois, 2005) as the Connemara stallion with the lowest relationship to Irish dams (1.09%). Meaning that at the time of publishing, compared to every other registered Connemara stallion in the world, he offered the most genetic diversity to the CPBS. Despite this research, no action was ever taken to capitalise on this and to date no descendants of Gilnocky Drumcliffe have ever entered the CPBS studbook.
RBR Georgia Lady, the dam of Skyview’s Lady Rigel, was sired by the ACPS Hall of Fame *Tooreen Laddie Award winner, *Montully Man. She is also the dam of RBR Patrice, another ACPS Hall of Fame Performance “Camlin” Award winner and dam of ACPS premium stallion, MGRM Brigadoon.
Cassie’s dam is the Alberta bred Starlight’s Desert Rose. She is currently in the United States where she has been a wonderful children’s pony.
Cassie’s dam sire is Bien Mallin’s Rory O’Sullivan. An ACPS Inspected and approved stallion, he proved himself an able competitor, winning many jumper championships throughout Western Canada. As a pony stallion, “Rory” was only eligible to compete in open jumper competitions. However his 13.3 hand height did not prevent his winning against much larger horses. At the Thunderbird Show Park during the 2006 BCHJA Fall Finals, he won the Level 1 jumper class out of 50 entries and before going on to win the 1.10 m $1000 jumper classic, beating the closest time by almost 4 seconds. He then went on to earn the BCHJA year end high point championship for the 3’6” Jumper division. Rory also competed as a Connemara ambassador several times at the Spruce Meadows Masters Battle of the Breeds and was a member of the 2006 Connemara team who won the overall Championship title.
Winner of both the ACPS Hall of Fame Broodmare award and the CCPS Lus na bPog/Sean MacLochlainn Foundation Broodmare Award, *Bar S Heather, (dam of Bien Mallins Rory O’Sullivan) was an exceptional mare. Bred In Ireland by Padraig Curran, she was imported to Alberta by the Chatterway family (Bar S Ranch) and later sold to Diane Bruce (Bien Mallin). Many of her foals proved to be quality breeding stock. Bar S Arrin Grey by Roundstone Oscar, became the dam of many good foals for the Knox family in Idaho and her two stallion sons, Bar S Tex and Bien Mallins Rory O’Sullivan who have sired many successful purebred and part-bred Connemaras competing in Canada and the United States.