Pam Clingan © 2015 Lanburn Stud is a registered Business name - Established 1971
We became involved with Connemaras because of a Caravan Holiday in Ireland in 1971 when we stayed on a Farm owned by Peter Lydon on the edge of Lough Corrib. One morning we woke up to the noise of 10 or 15 Connemaras in the field opposite. Peter was very eager to take us to the owner, Jim Lee, the owner of a bar in Moycullen. He and his wife made us very welcome and took us in his car to see some yearlings in a field miles away from anywhere. After taking part of a wall down to let my belated wife, Margaret, into the field, he picked out two yearling fillies for us to see.
Jim Lee’s price was £200 delivered to Dublin and he gave us four weeks to think about it. We were shocked when we found out the cost of transport. Jim he said he would give us luck money towards half the cost of the transport and so we purchased our first Connemara, Nettina (Marble x Fort Nancy), who died on the 22nd August 2001, ending an era of thirty years.
When she was 4 we put Tina in foal and at the same time registered our Prefix LANBURN. The Foal born was a colt
We visited Jimmy Jones and his ponies one year. I remember walking down the side of some portacabin-type buildings. One second Mum, Dad and I were walking along and the next, Dad had disappeared down a hole under the side of the cabin with only his head and shoulders still showing. Fortunately Dad wasn’t hurt because Mum and I were besides ourselves laughing it was truly one of the funniest moments.
Dad always loved his visits to see Joe Gorham and his family, particularly the Brack that Annie always bought for him and also the days when Joe took him out in the car showing him his childhood haunts. But most of all, chatting in ‘the room’ in the barn.
Our good friend Fiona McMahon came to stay and groom for us for a couple of weeks. We were travelling home from the Breed Show, Dad and Fiona were in the Lorry, I was driving Dad’s car. We pulled into a petrol station and Fiona was absolutely dying laughing, so hard she was crying because Dad’s flat cap had blown off his head, out of the window driving down the motorway but when they stopped they found it had blown back in the ‘Live-in’ window!!
Lanburn Leemoy named after the LEE family at MOYcullen. Leemoy was a very rich Bay who went on to win over twenty championships including:- Champion Mountain and Moorland Stallion at the NPS in 1981, Best opposite sex at the English Connemara Pony Show in 1978, 1979 and 1981. Lanburn Leemoy passed away in March 2006 aged 31 years. He leaves Lanburn Lieutenant to continue his line.
Tina participated in three of John Lassetter's Dressage pantomime's. John, I think, had a special fondness for her cheeky character. Margaret died in 1998 (seen above in 1989 with myself, the late Graham Tullock and Loobeen Larry). The stud is now managed by myself and my daughter Pam Clingan.
As a Connemara Judge I was honoured to be invited twice to judge at the Connemara Pony Breeders Society Millennium Show in Clifden.
The site has an Archive of Clifden Show, an Archive of CPBS Stallions and Clifden Results. I hope you enjoy your visit to our site.
Bob Blackburn OBE, QFSM (1926-2014)
The last photo I took of Dad fishing Beat 1 at Ballynahinch, Nr Clifden, Ireland - 20th August 2014.