Breed: Shire
Secondary Breed: Thoroughbred
Gender: Gelding
Color: Chestnut
Expected Mature Height: 16.2
Age: 2014
Primary Discipline: Fox Hunting
Secondary Discipline: Eventing
3rd Discipline: Hunter/Jumper
4th Discipline: Trail Riding
Training Level: Leads, Ties, Loads, & Bathes

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1/16/16 update: Connel has been in almost daily training since his start a month ago. His daily weekday rides have mainly consisted of 20 or so minutes w,t,c in the arena, followed by solo trail rides. both on our wooded trails and out on the road. He traverses mud, crosses creeks does not react to dogs and walks calmly past both oncoming and overtaking traffic.  Weekend rides are more of the same, in groups of 2 - 5 horses.  He is headed back out to pasture today for a well deserved break and will come back in in about 2 weeks. I should note that we had some very frigid days during this period - one of which the temps dropped to 3 degrees and there was snow on the ground and ice on the road and Connel handled it better than some of our VETERAN horses.

12/24/16 update: As 2016 draws to a close and Connel enters what will be his 3rd year, his light begins to shine from under the basket of his gangly 2nd year.  This young gelding is a winner. He has an incredibly calm and nonreactive demeanor. He is sweet, kind, uncomplicated and brave.  This also marks the end of his first week under saddle and this is basically how it went. Started on Tuesday - w,t,c in the round pen, arena and then OUT ON THE ROAD - ALONE !!! Yes... on his first ride.  More of the same Wed, Thurs and then on Friday, face clipped and mane pulled with no sedation (or trouble) and on to the trailer.  We take the horses to a local shopping center where the highway widens to 4 lanes and they can be exposed to real traffic and a busy intersection, along with shopping carts and other distractions. Connel was a ROCK STAR!! He was better behaved, braver and less reactionary than at least 2 of the adult horses who were supposed to lead and set an example. (and I have to say...our adult horses are by far better at this than 95% of the hard core trail riding or foxhunting population). He wont last... I am proud to have bred this horse and he is the type of horse that we are proud to sell and the type that draw customers from all over the US to Virginia Sport Horses.

10/6/16 update: Today we put 4 adult Hanoverian/TBx and all of our 2 yr olds through the jump chute. CONNEL was handsdown the best jumper, followed by VSH Simply Devine. Might not know it to look at him now, but this gangly fellow is going to be something one day!


3/23/16 update: A sweet natured gelding destined to be a steady eddie hunter type. Move with a flat knee and just has the conformation. Conell and his one year younger 1/2 sister, Chloe are a perfectly matched pair.

Farriers favorite!

5/1/2015 update: Connel is a tall leggy gelding. Easygoing and super easy to handle, leads, loads bathes, ties. Comfortable living out or in a stall. Going to be very tall.

6/30/15 update: you really shouldnt take or judge a horse by a yearling pic, but here is what he looks like now, one thing is evident - he is going to be TALL.

Born 5/14/14 at appr. 5am, Connel is a sweet, friendly colt who is light on his feet at likes to cavort around the pasture. He is Sired by Charlie Chimes, our 17H Reg AWS and ASHA Shire Sport Horse, his dam is Donatella a 16.3H 3/4TB 1/4 Shire mare.