The Connemara pony originates in Ireland and is considered the country's only native breed of horse. The Connemara pony gets its name from the Connemara region of Western Ireland, noted for its rocky and mountainous terrain, moors, and bogs. Originally developed as a utilitarian working horse by the local farmers, the Connemara dutifully pulled a plow through the barren land, hauled rocks and other heavy loads over rough roadways and through heavy bogs, and carted the family to church on Sunday.

The Connemara is recognized as the largest of the world’s pony breeds, ranging from 13 to 15 hands in height. Because of their deep, substantive, and sturdy body type, the Connemara make suitable mounts for children and adults alike. Grey and dun are the most common colors for Connemaras, but they can also be black, bay, brown, chestnut, palomino, or even roan. The hardiness and agility of this breed, as well as their temperament, intelligence, and sensible nature, makes the Connemara breed a versatile and popular candidate for competition in combined driving, show jumping, working hunters, dressage, endurance riding, and eventing. 


Recognized National Affiliate Association

Learn more about the Connemara pony by visiting the American Connemara Pony Society at The objectives of the American Connemara Pony Society are to assist and promote the breeding, registration, training, exhibition, and general use of the Connemara; to preserve the unique qualities of the breed; to assist and promote equestrian competition; and to keep members informed of all matters concerning Connemaras. 

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Competition Information

Information about competing your Connemara with US Equestrian