Connemara mare the first to be a Breyer model

Banks Vanilla.
Banks Vanilla. © Manor Connemara Ponies

US model horse company Breyer is creating a model of a connemara pony in Ireland in a new design. 

The design is based on the mare Banks Vanilla, owned by Noel Noonan in Ballyconneely. It is the first such honour for the connemara breed.

The model of the Danish-bred mare, who has won many competitions in Britain and Europe, is to be unveiled at Olympia, the London International Horse Show, later this month.

In just a season, Banks Vanilla started out as a novice under saddle and won at the Horse of the Year Show and win Olympia’s “Best of Breed” in 2012.

Plaque to commemorate Aussie war horses

A memorial plaque to commemorate the 136,000 Australian horses who served overseas in World War One has been unveiled in Balingup, West Australia.

The plaque has been placed on the recently installed hitching rail on the Avenue of Honour in Birdwood Park, as part of an Anzac commemorative event.

Balingup Avenue of Honour is a picturesque avenue of mature oak trees that commemorates the local soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. It is associated with several local families and with Field Marshall Sir William Birdwood, Commander in Chief of the A.I.F. in World War 1, who opened the Avenue, and in his whose honour the park was named.

The mighty Bonecrusher died this week at the age of 32.
The mighty Bonecrusher.

Bonecrusher’s colours hit the winning post again

The colours made famous by legendary Kiwi racehorse Bonecrusher have been carried to victory on a Sandown winner.

Spreadeagled (by Mastercraftsman) sported the silks of cream, brown sash, striped sleeves and cap to a narrow win in the second race on Wednesday.

A champion galloper during the 1980s, Bonecrusher (by Pag Asa) won 18 of his 44 starts including the 1986 Cox Plate after staging a two-horse war with fellow New Zealander Our Waverley Star. He died in June this year, at the age of 32.

Spreadeagled was having his first start for Robert Smerdon after doing his early racing in New Zealand for Shaun Ritchie, the son of Bonecrusher’s trainer Frank Ritchie.

Windsor Park Stud bred Spreadeagled and sold the son of Mastercraftsman to Peter Mitchell, the owner of Bonecrusher.

“It was great to see those colours win again in Melbourne,” Windsor Park’s Mike Moran said.

Smerdon has had previous success with Bonecrusher’s colours, winning an Adelaide race with Saturn Rock in 2013. _ NZ Thoroughbred Marketing


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