Grey, black, bay, brown, dun, occasiona/ roans and chestnuts.
exposed western seaboard of Ireland, with its mountainous bogs and
moorland north of Galway Bay, is the home of the Connemara Pony.
It is an environment that has encouraged the characteristic qualities
of hardiness, agility and intelligente attributable to this popular
breed. Subsisting on the rough mountain herbage, the ponies were
once indispensable in the struggle for survival of the local farming
population, carrying out all the duties of the farm horse.
In the days of Spanish commercial trade with Ireland, it is thought
that imported Spanish Barb and Andalusian horses exerted a beneficial
influence on the breed, and as late as the mid-19th century Arab
blood was being judiciously introduced. In 1891, further influence
was exerted by the importation of Welsh Stallions.
Breeders Society was founded in 1923. Since then, many Connemara
Ponies have been exported and breed societies have been formed in
many countries, including England and America. Its jumping ability
is renowned and, when used as a Cross, the breed has produced some
notable Stars, such as the show jumper Dundrum, dressage horse Little
Model and, more recently, the eventer The Done Thing. Despite its
'riding' conformation, the Connemara tan equally well provide a
keen and agile, yet calm, driving Pony, up to FE1 competition level.