The Connemara pony comes from Ireland. The Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society set the typical standards for what qualifies a horse as a Connemara.
It is best known as a sporting horse, well-known for jumping, dressage, and eventing. The Connemara is also known for having the stamina to compete in longer races.
Famous Connemara ponies
There are three well known famous Connemara ponies; Erin Go Bragh, Stroller and Nugget.
Erin Go Bragh
This horse was above average in size for the Connemara breed, but still done very well in his career. Along with being extremely successful in his sporting life Erin Go Bragh also fathered over 200 foals.
He also had an acting career and appeared in the movie The Little Horse That Could. Erin Go Bragh sadly passed away four years ago.
Although not the largest of his breed Stroller managed to compete against larger horses and performed really well while doing so.
He won a silver medal at the Olympics held in Mexico City in 1968 while being ridden by Marion Coakes. He passed away at age 36 after retiring at age 21.
Nugget was very well-known for his amazing jumping skills. He was still performing years after most horses retire and at age 22 he managed to jump over 7 foot making the record at the time. He became a legend in the Connemara world and went on to win another 300 medals after his famous jump at age 22.
As you can see the Connemara are an athletic breed who were born to win. They are tall and strong with muscular builds and are made to jump to impressive heights, whilst also being confident at running long distance.