The Connemara

The Connemara is among one of the only native horse-breeds of Ireland. Some consider it the best pony of any as a riding horse for children.


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Age: 1991
Gender: Gelding
Color: Gray
Height: 13-2 inches
Weight: 750
Job: children’s riding pony, eventing pony, dressage

Origin of the Connemara. This is the only native pony breed of Ireland. It's true origins are slightly vague but it is thought to stem from the cross of ancient indigenous horses crossed with Spanish and Barb horses.The Connemara was originally used in Ireland as a general work pony. Useful for jobs such as pulling carts. Latter the Connemara Pony Breeder's Society was established in 1923 in Galway to improve the breed. It took the best Connemara stallions and mares as their foundation stock. This produced a sensible, athletic pony suitable for children as well as adults that excel in many sports including jumping and 3 day eventing.

Description: Short dished head with large dark eyes, broad forehead and long elegant neck. Compact build with short strong cannons and a well sloped shoulder.

Height: Not exceeding 14-2 hands.

Color: Mostly gray but also brown, dun, black and sometimes chestnut and roan.

Interesting Facts: In the 1960 Dressage Olympics, the half cross Connemarra pony Little Model took 11th place and then went on to take 3rd in the European championships.

Uses: Riding, Jumping, driving, children's pony.

Useful links:

American Conemarra Pony Society

Connemara Pony Breeders Society

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