Sue Clarke Memorial Award

Congratulations to Glenormiston Lisdoonvarna

on being awarded the Sue Clarke Memorial Award for 2021

[this Award is sponsored by the Clarke Family]

The Sue Clarke Memorial Award recognizes a standout Connemara, part or purebred who has made a significant contribution to the breed. This can be either through performance or progeny. All achievements competitive or non-competitive will be considered and the candidate can be registered either with the CPBSA or the APSB.


– A stallion or mare whose progeny has excelled in performance or consistently produced ponies of good type or temperament.

– A pony mare, stallion or gelding who has performed to an exemplary level in dressage, harness, show jumping or other discipline.

– The pony must be alive and bred in Australia.


Nominees don’t have to be the owner of the pony. Anyone can nominate a pony they believe meets the above criteria.

Judging: The award will be judged by the CPBSA committee and presented annually at the CPBSA AGM. The pony however can be registered with the CPBSA or the APSB to be a candidate.

Sue Clarke – Glenormiston Stud

Sue and Barton Clarke founded Glenormiston stud in Queensland in 1974. Over 40 years, the stud introduced some of the best bloodlines into Australia, with the progeny providing the foundations for studs in Australia and overseas. Her ponies were exported to the U.S., Germany, New Zealand, Thailand, japan, and Korea, as well as every state and territory in Australia. The ponies have represented their states in dressage, showjumping and eventing as well as hack and in-hand classes.

Sue’s leadership and he ability to produce world-class ponies earned her a spot on the international judging circuit. She was the first Australian to judge in Ireland (Clifden), Germany and in Britain. Her life-long commitment to promoting the breed was recognized by the International Connemara Pony Society in 2012 when she was presented with the “Michael O’Malley International Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Sue was a mentor to countless horse breeders, as well as a mentor to hundreds of children nurturing their riding skills and sharing her passion for the Connemara.