Hynes, however, is best noted for his success with the mare Village Laura, who some 28 years ago kick-started the famous “Village” bloodline at Hynes’ Canal Stage Stud. Village Laura won three consecutive supreme championships at the Dublin Horse Show, and one of her sons, Canal Laurinston, is one of the most successful Connemara stallions to have stood on the West Coast of the United States. He was exported as a yearling, having won several championships prior to his relocation.
Owned by Joanie Webster of Stonybrook Connemaras in the Napa Valley in California, Canal Laurinston has now retired from competition at the age of 20, but his legacy lives on through his progeny as he continues to stand at stud.
A Dream Come True
The May 2010 sale at Clifden produced yet another champion for a newcomer to the world of the Connemara breed, Cian Geoghegan. A businessman who runs the Galway Woollen Market, he only recently set up his own Blakehill Stud with the help of his good friend Gearoíd Curran, another regular at Clifden, who persuaded him to pay $6,500 for a young mare called Cosheen Lisa.
By Coosheen Storm Boy, another successful sire in the west of Ireland, she was then prepared to show at the Dublin Horse Show in August 2010, and to everyone’s amazement won the supreme Connemara pony championship. “It was a very special day,” the proud owner said. “My wife had just had a new baby and they had to go from Galway to Dublin urgently. I just made it to the show from the hospital in time to see the mare winning.”
It was indeed a dream come true for this young man who currently has 40 ponies at his stud, and has plans to expand further in the coming months.