VSH Devine Tullaigh

VSH Devine Tullaigh


Breed: Connemara
Gender: Gelding
Color: Dun
Expected Mature Height: 14.2
Age: 2015

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Purebred Connemara colt by Tullymor's Ned Devine out of New Heart Dancing Winds. Athletic and friendly colt. Registerable as a purebred Connemara with the ACPS.

1/9/18 update: Tully has been undersaddle now approximately 90 days. He goes w,t,c in the arena, hacks out alone or incompany. He is good with dogs, traffic, machinery, self loading in a trailer, good for the farrier, etc.

7/24/17 update: Tully was shown this month at the Warrenton Pony Show (the oldest pony show in the US) and won the Connemara Division. He is now registered with the ACPS, USEF, and USHJA. He has saddled, bitted , ground driven, crawled all over bareback and is ready to be started under saddle.

8/15/17 update: Tully has visited trail class obstacle courses and just takes tarps, tires, etc all in stride.


Pedigree Report

Here is a text only excerpt from an article written in the Connemara Pony Society Newsletter by Margaret Long, Connemara Pony Historian about Tully's breeding and family history. For the full article with pictures please contact Liz Booth

More Family Ties - The Lineage and Family History of VSH Devine Tullaigh

By Margaret Long

   I borrowed VSH Devine Tullaigh (“Tully”) from Liz Booth this past spring and summer for the sheer fun and love of it. A 2015 dun gelding, Tully is part of a family of ponies I know well, largely because I used to live in Ohio/Region V, and because Liz Booth bought her first purebred Connemara from me 15 years prior. Those two seasons of my life overlapped and voila:  Tully!    Liz Booth purchased Tullymors Ned Devine from Kim Gates a decade or more ago, and Liz stands him at Virginia Sport Horses in Montpelier, VA. Most of his offspring are halfbreds. As a purebred Connemara, though, Ned has a tremendous pedigree. His dam, Bar

Bar A’s Rebel Doll, is actually an import!  Bred at the Letterdyfe Stud in the U.K., she came to the US before the rule was enacted requiring that name changes for ponies not remove the original breeders prefix. She was a magnificent mare who also produced some stunning purebreds by Hayselden Perseus.  Rebel Doll had model conformation, was beautifully balanced, and was sired herself by Clifden Winner Mervyn  Kingsmill.     

 Tullymor’s Ned Devine – Reg ACPS, AWR, AWS


*Bar Bar A’s Rebel Doll






 To produce Ned, she was bred to Tullymors Mountain Shadow. That means that “my” Tully has a very strong stamp of Tullymor blood; May Medley’s Tullymor Connemaras breeding program had a goal of re-concentrating the Mountain Lad bloodline.  To accomplish this, May bred his descendants back to each other.  To get Mountain Shadow, that meant breeding great grandson Montully Man to great granddaughter Alta Mhuire.  Generally speaking, Anything Tullymor has a double dose of Mountain Lad.  You can see from the many Tully ponies in our community today what a very strong stamp of native pony type they have, with tremendous bone and marvelous athleticism without resembling the thick heavy ponies that look very Connemara but perhaps are a touch less athletic.  The Tully ponies I have known are kind, smart, and connected.


  Back to the present. Tully’s dam, New Heart Dancing Winds, is a very American mare. Bred by Dori Zaidel of Ann Arbor Michigan, “Whinney” has a pedigree with a really nice blend of Greystone and Oak Hill bloodlines.


New Heart Dancing Winds


 Just as with Tullymor, the Greystone breeding program targeted opportunities to re-concentrate the blood of descendants of Little Heaven, one of the thoroughbreds added to the CPBS studbooks in Ireland to further sculpt the traits and abilities of the breed as a whole. Whinney’s sire, Cornerstone Indelible, was a glossy and dappled jet black stallion who stood at Dori’s New Heart Connemaras.




Cornerstone Indelible


Both his parents feature Greystone breeding, and Greystone ponies were often over-height bays with sensitive, intelligent dispositions, top shelf athletic abilities, and stunningly beautiful faces.

In addition, Cornerstone Indelible or “Indy” also benefitted from the imported English bloodlines of *Rosenharley Laurens, imported by Marianne Alexander/Greystone Connemaras to diversify her breeding programs bloodlines. Laurens was a stunning dappled grey who produced four stallion sons:  Greystone Adirondack A’Herne (Cindy Fletchers driving champion “Harry”), Greystone An Lauren, Greystone An Llewelyn, and Greystone Tiger

O’Toole, who retired here in our region with

Sandy McShea. An Llewelyn is the sire of Cornerstone Indelible, and the great grandsire of my Tully through his dam Whinney.  So Whinney brings together Little Heaven and

Rosenharley Laurens’ blood in my Tully.      Tully has one more amazing line of ponies in his pedigree:  Oak Hill!  

    Whinney, Tully’s dam, is of course by Indy, but she is out of a darling and exquisitely kind bay mare named Corner Oaks Moonlight Dancer. Corner Oaks is the breeding prefix of Ann Bush, who stood Balius Turlough. Dancer was sold by Ann Bush to Kim Gates, who then sold her to Dori Zaidel in Region V. Ann reports that Dancer was one of her very first offspring. Balius Turlough evented Prelim and they did everything with him:  driving, hunter/jumpers, trail, and even parades. Dancer’s dam, Corner Oaks Moonlight Sonata, was her very favorite.

She pony clubbed and evented with all 3 of Ann’s daughters and is featured in their senior portraits.   She took care of every single rider, and her exquisitely kind disposition was inherited by her daughter, Dancer. Dancer’s sire Turlough is by Gilknocky Drumcliffe, who if I’m not mistaken was highlighted as one of the most genetically well diversified Connemara stallions in the US. He is also a great grandson of the Thoroughbred, Little Heaven.   Turlough’s dam is one of my all-time favorite mares, Tyan Travelers Joy. Joy is round and curvaceous and baroque and black with lots of feathers.  What’s not to love?  Last I knew, she was part of Mary Prewitts former Wildwych Connemaras breeding program. But the most amazing story of all in Tully’s pedigree is in the Oak Hill line. This is purely an  anecdotal version of it, and better facts are surely available from others, but here goes:    There was an elderly man who had purchased and imported some purebred Connemara mares, who were turned loose with two Connemara stallions and left to breed freely: Oak Hills was born! One of these stallions was Blue Hills Red Fury and the other Blue Hills Boy. Amazingly, I have about 20 photos of Blue Hills Boy as he was retired, still feral, to a farm near me in Virginia and I visited him there probably 14 or 15 years ago.


Blue Hills Boy


 When Ann Bush joined the story, she read an ad in her local paper, posted by a woman who had more or less rescued about 30 of the Oak Hills ponies. The herd had sadly ended up in rough shape at a sale, after the breeder’s wife was placed in a nursing home and the breeder himself subsequently died.  This “Peggy” made a deal for all of the ponies and saved them from the sale!   She had put the mares in her stalls, turned the rest of the herd loose in her indoor, and ran the ad looking for homes. Ultimately, Peggy trailered 24 ponies over to Ann Bush, who had the very young Turlough as well as some acreage,  and was seeking suitable mares. Ann housed all those ponies! “ Temporarily” of course 😉. She worked Peggy’s contacts backwards and was, amazingly, able to meet the elderly widow in her nursing home!  This woman told her the imported ponies were Rebel bloodlines, and that the Stallion was Blue Hills Red Fury or “Red Boy”.   Ann worked with her, and through photographs and recollections they identified 5 of them with certainty, 3 of whom were purebreds. 18 months went by while Ann Bush continued to feed 24 wild ponies and could not reach the “Peggy” who had dropped them there temporarily. Ultimately it was determined that Ann’s compensation for saving the 24 would be the 5 registerable ponies. Moonlight Sonata was one of those ponies, just coming 2. Ann thinks Vanessa Morgan knows what happened to the other ponies in the herd but that is a story to be saved for later. 

  What is significant to know about Blue Hills/Oak Hills/Arthur’s ponies, is that we again have a breeding program with concentrated bloodlines. And I mean concentrated:  something by Camus John bred back to Camus John!   The Oak Hill was parent inbreeding, but they must have lucked out with the gene pool as these ponies are marvelous. Many fine US breeding programs featured an Oak Hill mare who could be counted on to truly stamp Connemara type and substance on her offspring.     I am grateful to all these magnificent pony ancestors and their more current descendants and owners, who I count as friends, for their contributions to this story:  Dori Zaidel, Liz Booth, Ann Bush, and the books by Pat Lynne which I have enjoyed over and over. Most of all, though, I am grateful to Tully for one of the most fun and rewarding Connemara summers of my life. It is with no small sadness that I returned him to Virginia  Sport Horses to grow up over the winter and find his forever home in the spring