The Connemara was originally a native of Ireland, the
Connemara Pony is now bred in in England as well, and has
been exported to many parts of the world. It descended from
the Celtic pony, but over the years has had infusions of
Andalucian and surprisingly, Clydesdale blood. More
recently, Arab stock has been introduced to add quality and
refinement, and when bred to a thoroughbred or other large
breed, make a very good all-around riding horse, suitable
for almost any purpose.
Standing 13 to 14.2hh, the Connemara is a sturdy, useful,
general-purpose riding pony, with good free action, a
quality pony head, good length of neck, depth through
the girth, and a good sloping riding shoulder.
The back is straight, the quarters well developed, and the
tail well set on, with good hard feet, and legs with
plenty of bone.
Connemara is a sure footed and very agile pony, with a
kindly, tractable nature, and it may be grey, bay,
black, dun or brown.
Pictured at above left is Christine Wittman of Rochester, New York
and her 13-year-old mare, "IMAGINE THIS" clearing a 3"6"
Affectionately known as "Emma", this mare is owned and shown
by Christine and under the professional instruction of
John Vanderzell of Blue Fox Farm in Leroy, New York.