“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
Why Choose The Connemara Pony?
Connemaras are the Irish native pony breed. Though previously, the Connemaras origins were lost in the mists of time, new DNA methods may help to clear those mists. There is no question the Irish Hobby had a huge influence, and was a definite precursor, to the Connemara Pony breed as we now have it. In fact, the Irish Hobby was the precursor to both the Connemara and the Irish Draught. It is also a very important piece of what became the American Running Horse, the precursor to the American Thoroughbred. A fabulously athletic horse with endurance, stamina, strength, and a good temperament, the Irish hobby’s genetics are found in many modern day sport breeds.
“…listen close to me- Anything can happen, child, anything can be.”
Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends
*Murvey Inver Lor
*Rudgeway Silver Filigree
“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.”
Henry David Thoreau
The best part of Connemara ponies is their innate curiosity and willingness to “go and do” with their humans. The same ponies who are shown in the 3’6″ jumpers one day, carry a kid around a 2’6″ halloween derby the next. The same ponies who cover a mare in the morning, give a group lesson to a junior that afternoon- a group lesson that includes two stallions, two mares, and a gelding or two. These ponies who are competitive in open competition turn around and hack bareback with halters and lead ropes around the show grounds each evening. We’ve taken our ponies swimming in the Atlantic Ocean…and in our pond. We’ve galloped through flooded ditches…and jumped over them. At 18 years old, our broodmare, Wildwych Dreamtime, took a six month break from being a broodmare and turned her hand to being a jumper pony- she maxed out at 1.20m, was a rockstar at 1.10m- not bad for a 14hand life long broodmare who, yes, was in foal during those six months. Our ponies have been on TV sets and movie sets, at snoball stands, churches, picnics, large and small hunter jumper shows, Connemara shows, and Horse Trials across the south, clinics- dressage, hunter/jumper, and groundwork clinics, game days, trail rides, are ridden by all levels in group and private lessons, have galloped cross country- both for fun and in competition, been decorated for costume classes or just for fun at home…the list goes on and on. Connemaras LOVE to do new and interesting things with their humans. The more you ask of them, the more they find to give.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Roald Dahl, The Minpins
Find your magic. Find the Connemara Pony.
Blackwing Connemara Ponies
24233 Oalmann Road East Bush LA 70431 985-415-4742 firstname.lastname@example.org