connemara pony

Some believe that the Connemara is from the Scandinavian ponies that the Vikings first brought to Ireland. Legend, however, says that galleons from the Spanish Armada ran aground in 1588, and the Andalusians on board were set loose. The Spanish horses breed with the native stock, refining the local ponies. The harsh lands made these horses into hardy, strong individuals. For strength and stamina, Arabian blood was added in the 1700s. They were also crossed with Hackneys and Thoroughbreds. Too much cross-breeding began to dilute the pony bloodlines, so the Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society, founded in 1923, worked to preserve the type. The stud book was established in 1926. Today the ponies live all across the globe. They are ridden by both children and adults, and excel in all sport horse competition, including dressage, show jumping, eventing, and driving. The Connemara region in County Galway Western Ireland is a very harsh landscape.The Connemara ponies originate here,but todaythey are also bred on the European Continent,in the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa.Vivaicous, long-lived, intellegent, trainable, reliable, eager - these are characteristics that not onlythe Irish ascribe to the Connemara pony. They are held to be the mostversatileof all pony breeds, succeeding in jumping, dressage and most of all in eventing competitions covering difficult grond. They have enough stamina for endurence riding and show the performance sought after for good modern harness horses.

The Connemara pony is a pony breed from Ireland. The breed makes excellent show ponies.


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