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The History of the Connemara Pony

By December 12, 2018 No Comments

The ancestors of today’s Connemara ponies lived in the rough but beautiful region of the west of Ireland  know as Connemara. In Loughrea Co. Galway archaeological excavations were carried out where bones and artefacts were found. This proving that small horses excised and the information suggests that connemara ponies were untouched by other outside breeding influences up to the 16th century.

By the Middle of the 17th century other blood was introduced  to improve the breed giving it height and speed.  Such influences were the:

  • Thoroughbred : Thistlelton was a Thoroughbred who was used to covered native mares.
  • Arab stallions were known to have been imported by Irish land owners.
  • Welsh pony Breed. The Chestnut welsh stallion Prince Llewellyn was the sire of Dynamite, who went on to produce the famous Cannon Ball (foaled in 1904) , who is the first stallion registered in the Connemara stud book.

In the 18th century, Connemara ponies were used to work on the land. They needed strength and stamina to plough the land, and pull carts with seaweed, turf and rock.

In the 19th – 20th  century the pony was used mainly for transport and leisure. However with the hardship of difficult times like food shortage and famine, the Connemara ponies are said to have been let off into the wilds of Connemara. This was the near cause of extinction of the Connemara pony breed.

Thankfully in 1923 the Connemara Breeders Society was founded in Galway. Their mission was to improve the breed by picking out the best mare and stallions to be used as foundation stock. The results of their forward thinking is  clearly seen in today’s outstanding Connemara ponies. Where they possess:

  • Versatility, obedience, with great temperaments.
  • Quality and substance.
  • Spirited, brave, and sensible

Today  Connemara ponies excels in all disciplines, from show-jumping,  3 day eventing, dressage and driving,  the Connemara pony can do it all!!!

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