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Ardbear Spirit






Sire: Coosheen Thyme

Dam: Ardbear Belle

Damsire: Village Boy

Height: 147.5 cm
Born: 2002
Graded: SPSS; Licensed Connemara
Stud Fee:

Stud Fee: £400 NFFR Concession to pure bred Connemaras. Limited Visiting Mares. Will also be available at Stallion AI Services at Twemlows, Whitchurch

Semen: AI fresh, chilled & frozen
Breeder: Mr M Conneely
Owner: Mr & Mrs B Bagshaw
Location: Hyde, Cheshire

Ardbear Spirit, a registered Grade 1 pure bred Connemara stallion has real pony characteristics with good bone and movement, combined with a super temperament. He has shown great ability & versatility in all disciplines. Stunning true to type conformation has enabled him to have great success in the show ring as well as in performance based competitions. He has the full package; ability, beauty & temperament. All of these traits he is now passing on to his pure and part bred progeny


For more information please see below or contact Mr & Mrs B Bagshaw Tel: +44 (0) 161 368 8903; Mobile: +44 (0)7759 448484 or +44 (0) 7767 363933 Email:   or Facebook: Jane Hanger (Landslow Connemaras)


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Coosheen Thyme



Coosheen Finn


Carna Bobby


Carna Dolly


Finola of Leam


Lavalley Rebel
Waterfield Grey


Coosheen Tansy


Bridge Boy


Toreen Ross


Corrib Bay




Ardbear Belle


Village Boy


Mervyn Kingsmill


Atlantic Cliff
Mervyn Blue Charm


Village Grey


Abbeyleix Owen
Village Belle


Grey Rock Daisy


Mervyn Pookhaun


The Admiral
Mervyn Nasim


Doon Fairy


Kildunn Mayflower

Ardbear Spirit has excellent breeding which includes prolific and famous bloodlines that have produced many top class national and international ponies.



His sire Coosheen Thyme is a son of the famous stallion Coosheen Finn, who in turn was a son of the legendary Carna Bobby.  A full sister of Coosheen Thyme (Coosheen Dill) was 1989 "Show Jumper of the Year" in Sweden and another full sister (Coosheen Coriander) was a "Gold Medal Mare" also in Sweden.  He is also the sire of numerous HOYS, RIHS, Show Jumping & Eventing ponies.


Coosheen Thyme’s sire Coosheen Finn (two times Reserve Champion in Clifden 1973 and 1974 and winner of his class at Clifden in 1978) is a legend in Ireland - he is the only Connemara stallion whose picture you can find on a stamp. His daughters Coosheen Nutmeg and Abbeyleix Delphinium were 1980 and 1983 Supreme Champions in Clifden and he sired a lot more Class and Show winners, for example the stallion Abbeyleix Dolphin and 1994 Pony European Eventing Team Bronze medal winner, Coosheen Carraway. 


Coosheen Thyme has at least two more licensed stallion sons, Clifden Silver and Gentle Dancer (in France).  Interestingly all three stallion have also Mervyn Kingsmill in their pedigree on their damside.


Coosheen Thyme's maternal grandfather, Bridge Boy was three times Supreme Champion of the Clifden National Show and has sired a lot of performance ponies, he is also grandsire of Munkholm Colooney (6th place in the Team Test at the 1999 Pony European Dressage Championship) and Caraway (pony jumping).



Ardbear Belle was a prolific winner in-hand including the mare class at Clifden.



Village Boy, has been one of the most influential and prolific stallions over recent years producing multiple Horse of the Year Show and Olympia ponies with Bunowen Castle Ri and Lecarrow King being two of the most famous. Village Boy won the stallion class and was Reserve Supreme Champion at the Clifden Show. His mother is one of the greatest mares of the Connemara - Village Grey by Abbeyleix Owen out of Village Belle. Village Belle  founded one of the most important female progeny lines of the Connemara.  Village Boy's sire, Mervyn Kingsmill, also sired a lot of Clifden Winners as well as being many times first of the stallions at Clifden and his pedigree goes back to the performers Hillswood Héléna (France) and Abbeyleix Cypress.



Ardbear Spirit, registered Grade 1 pure bred Connemara stallion imported from Ireland late 2006 after having a successful in-hand career, most notably achieving 2nd as 3yr old in the stallion class at the National Clifden Connemara Pony Show in Ireland. He also qualified for the National Irish loose jumping finals, with a top 10 placing as a 3yr old.

Spirit has had a successful 2015. Winning the working hunter pony at Horse of the Year Show, NEC and Supreme Graded Stallion, SPSS, gaining permanent head book status with a score over 80%, with a 19/20 for temperament & 9/10 for general impression. He impressed the judges through all stages of the grading and was described by them as a “super sport pony, proven in competition and as a sire”. His filly, Landslow Melody Maker a Grade 1 pure bred Connemara mare was also graded SPSS Champion Mare for the North West & Wales area, gaining head book status with a score over 80%, with a 9/10 for loose jumping & general impression.

Spirit competed in a few BE Events 2013, with top 10 placing & double clear in all affiliated events. 1st 90cm ODE in only the event he entered in 2015, finishing on his dressage score of 21.5.


Many wins at county & national level in ridden, workers & in-hand. Some of Spirit’s Results: 1st HOYS & Supreme Graded Stallion SPSS 2015. Finalist for WHP at HOYS. WHP & Ridden Finalist RIHS. 7th Ridden Finals at RIHS 1st Novice Final WHP BSPS Winter Champs, 1st Intermediate WHP & 2nd Novice Final at NPS Summer Champs, Champion Snuggy Hoods Ridden Final & 2nd Res Supreme NPS Spring Champs, Res Supreme & Champion Ridden M&M Cheshire 2A, 1st Ridden Three Counties Show, Champ Connemara In-Hand at NPS Summer Champs & PUK Summer Champs


Spirit successfully combines competition and stud duties.


Offspring/Breeding Advice

Spirit is stamping conformation, ability and above all temperament on his stock.


In addition to pure bred Connemaras, Spirit is an ideal cross for any other type or breed of mare to produce excellent and exciting competition ponies as well as eventers when used on the large horses.


Spirit is HWSD tested N/N


In 2015, his Connemara daughter, Landslow Melody Maker was graded SPSS Champion Mare for the NW & Wales area, gaining Head Studbook status with a score over 80%, with a 9/10 for loose jumping & general impression.


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