Elk Creek O'Connor

Connor is the fourth foal of my mare Tower Hill's Carmody, bred while she was leased out to the Peteren family in MI. He is by their then-stallion Elphin Song Sparrow (now a performance gelding in CA). He made the move back to NH in 2009 and was then sold on to the Plyler family, SC.

  

Connor's owner Boots Plyler has become a grandmother, with all the distractions that entails. In December 2014 she wrote: Connor is happy and fat and fuzzy and that is about all. We have only been hacking around the yard due to the fact of a three year old in our lives and my ever-increasing work load. The woods behind our pasture have been turned into houses and the two guys and the little mini mare are the pets of the neighborhood. I do not have any pictures because no one is groomed. Connor looks like a true Irish pony right now - fuzzy with his forelock in his eyes. I will be grooming after Christmas!

Elk Creek O'Connor had a great time at the 2012 Region 4 ACPS show in September. He was second in the Purebred Geldings and Stallions in hand class. He also was both Dressage Champion and Combined Test Champion, both with Boots Plyler in the saddle. Now he is recuperating from an injury but they are looking forward to next season.

 


Elk Creek O'Connor and Boots Plyler finished in the ribbons in the 2011 Hunter Pace Series. Here they finish with a big smile.

In the spring of 2011, Connor successfully finished another winter season of hunter paces with his owners/riders Boots and Sarah Plyler.
Sarah and Connor at Fairview Hunter Pace. Photo © Lou Smith


Elk Creek O'Connor is seen here with his owner Boots Plyler participating in an all-adult drill team in SC, Nov 2010.

Elk Creek O'Connor made a successful transition to Connemara show pony - he and Boots attended the 2010 Region 4 ACPS Show and he pinned in every class. This winter he will be back on the trails doing hunter paces with Boots and her daughter up.

 
Connor and "his" people at the 2010 ACPS Region 4 Show.

Connor, moved to Greenville SC in the spring of 2009 to join his new owner Susan "Boots" Plyler. She has been looking for a Connemara for her 'lifetime' horse. She and her two daughters are avid riders, and hunter pace alternate weekends all winter long. So Connor will have lots of big adventures there.

 
Photos by Lou Smith, autumn 2009.
L: Connor & one of Boots' daughters. R:Connor and Boots finishing their first Hunter Pace together after lots of practice crossing streams.

Connor trailered well to Lancaster PA where Boots picked him up and the next day he was south of the Mason Dixon line where he may not need that warm winter coat. She promises regular updates.



Connor in May 2009

Connor in April 2009

 

Elk Creek O'Connor (Elphin Song Sparrow x Tower Hill's Carmody) has arrived in NH. He made the 1000 mile road trip from Kewadin Michigan without batting an eyelash (first time off the farm) despite hour long traffic jams and blinding/deafening hail and rain storms!



Connor will be at Sunrise Bay Farm for the month of July getting started on round pen work, bitting him up and long lining, etc.

He is a beautiful golden buckskin with a nice topline, broad chest, short cannon bones and sloping shoulder, floating trot, and great feet.

Connor comes wth a reputation for jumping over stall doors, so there will be more orthodox jumping in his future as well.


Connor as a foal.

Connor's sire, Elphin Song Sparrow, is a gorgeous bay stallion, now gelded, by Maplehurst Michael Macdaire, out of *Scottsway Lullaby.


Connor's sire Elphin Song Sparrow.

Song Sparrow had one purebred foal before he left Elphin Mountain Connemaras, and Connor is his only other. He also has a number of halfbred offspring.

Below: Connor's paternal grandsire, Maplehurst Michael MacDaire and granddam *Scottsway Lullaby.