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South Ridge Bliss

(South Ridge Duncan's Honor / Bantry Bay's Wanda)

Connemara Pony

Year of Birth: 2000

Color: Buckskin

Height: 14.2 Hands (147 cm)

South Ridge Bliss is a gorgeous buckskin, remarkably talented, and especially versatile, registered purebred Connemara pony, with successful show and jumper ponies on both sides of her pedigree. 

She has produced not one, but two, fillies that have participated in the USEF National Young Horse Championships!!!  Both placed among the top five year old dressage horses in the country, one in 2010 and the other in 2015, outcompeting imported warmbloods.  To the best of our knowledge these are the only not fully warmblood horses to participate in these prestigious championships.  Check out the article in The Chronicle of the Horse and the excerpt in the American Connemara Pony magazine about "Fancy This" as well as the picture and video of “Fifinella GFC” further below.  Fancy This is currently competing at I-1 and training many of the GP movements, Fifinella is training at 2/3 Level.

Bliss is not only a proven producer but also a very productive one, with 7 foals in 8 breeding years! 

Bliss, herself, has high quality dressage gaits, is an outstanding jumper (with flying lead changes), and loves to go on trail rides. She also has excellent ground manners, loads, clips, bathes, etc.

Bliss is exceptionally smart.  This allowed her to seamlessly transition from being a broodmare for eight years to a riding pony, after we purchased her from Garner Creek Farm in 2011.  At the same time, this also means she will take advantage of riders who do not have sufficient experience or confidence.

Bliss has been 100% healthy over the four years we have owned her. Tested N/N for HWSD.

Bliss is only for sale because our son is outgrowing her, we are selling the filly for whom she has been a super baby sitter, and our farm is too small to add her as a broodmare.  Given her quality and the fact that she is an outstanding producer, we would like to see her return to a breeding career.

Foals to date:
2005, Filly by Fred Astair (see picture further below)
2007, Colt by Lord Albert
2008, Colt by Bonheur
2009, Filly by Fred Astair
2010, Filly by Fred Astair
2011, Filly by Falsterbro
2012, Filly by Romancero H - see Rising Star.

Sold - Congratulations to Catoctin Sporthorses – we can’t wait to see more of Bliss’ offspring!


 South Ridge Duncan's Honor 

  Moxley Duncan

 Blue Ridge Jubal Early

 Foxridge Starlight

 Whitewood Irish Eve

 Gralyn's Dungannon

 Ruta Raitni

 Little Rover

  Megan's Honor

 Gralyin's Tregaron

 Gilnocky Mullingar

 Little Rover

 Hash Brown

 Rose Hill's Judge

 Smoke Mountain Gilly

Bantry Bay's Wanda 

 Spring Ledge Bantry Bay 

 Whitewood Galway Bay

 Clonkeeham Auratum

 Keanes Selection

 Gentian Hill

 Dun Orphan

 Village Trouble

  Concord River Minute Maid 

 Hideaway's Erin Smithereen

 Toureen Laddie


 Lynfield's Proud Hope

 Texas Hope

 Proud Beauty


Summer 2014




Winter 2015



Hunter / Jumper show - May 2013.



Starting training - April 2013.



11 November 2012.


Under saddle / conformation picture of Bliss - courtesy Garner Creek Farm

"Fifinella" - South Ridge Bliss' 2010 filly by Fred Astair (Hanoverian) in 2015 (Owner/rider Bonnie Canter)

"Fancey This" - South Ridge Bliss' first filly by Fred Astair (Hanoverian)

under saddle (Owner/rider Bonnie Canter)

“Rising Star” – South Ridge Bliss’ 2012 filly by Romancero H in 2015 (Owner/Rider Jenna Bender) Owner tells us that she has already declined numerous offers to sell this promising young eventer and that a 4* event rider from Britain informed her she would be “stupid to ever sell her” :-).



Bliss also has a full brother competing at 3 day eventing. See more of Bantry Bay's Winston at www.elizafarren.com.

shown by Eliza Farren