“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
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. The Irish Hobby was
“…listen close to me-
Anything can happen, child, anything can be.”
Where the Sidewalk Ends
A few good girls…
*Murvey Inver Lor
*Murvey Inver Lor
Wildwych Lantana aka Bella and Gabrielle
*Rudgeway Silver Filigree
*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.
Sly on set Sly on set Sly on set Groot at a clinic Fintan on cross country Porker with his year end Championship goodies Lee with Syd Fintan and Gabrielle Blue Rock Fintan Porker and Gabrielle Sly Fintan and Avery Sly at a dressage clinic with Leif Sorensen Sly at a dressage clinic with Leif Sorensen Sly at the Region 4 Connemara Show Sly at the Region 4 Connemara Show Pony play Porker “helping” Porker, Winter 2018 Halloween Costume 2018 Porker and Fintan Porker and Fintan Porker and Fintan Morning chat with the munchkin dog Sly and his two sons, Porker and Fintan Fintan, Summer 2018 Sly at the Leif Sorensen clinic in October 2018 Sly, Playing with Avery Sly and Avery #nofilter Sly, Playing with Avery Sly at the Leif Sorensen clinic in August 2018 Bareback rides at the Louisiana Spring Classics Fintan, December 2018 with Gabrielle Fintan, December 2018 with Gabrielle Fintan in the Hopeful jumpers with Avery Wegmann Fintan, Hopeful jumpers with Avery Wegmann Fintan Playing games with Porker Ponying his brother, Porker Fintan at the Leif Sorensen Clinic, Oct 2018 Fintan at the Leif Sorensen Clinic, Oct 2018 Fintan and Gabrielle Fintan attempting to eat his father’s bridle Sly and Dave Milliken at home after a day on the NCIS New Orleans set Sly waiting to be brushed on the set of NCIS New Orleans On the set of NCIS New Orleans On the set of NCIS New Orleans Sly and Sydney in his first derby Sly, Being ridden in his first hunter derby by Sydney Talbot Sly and Sydney in his first derby Sly and Porker, All braided for the derby Dressage clinic with Leif Sorensen Giving pony rides Sly and Avery, Dior and Gabrielle Sly Sly Sly Sly Sly Fintan (left) and Sly (right) Fintan asking if he could please eat his father’s bridle Sly at the Laureen McKenzie clinic Sly at the Laureen McKenzie clinic Letting Lauren Crowell jump “big” for her 13th birthday. Sly at the Louisiana Spring Classics Sly at the Louisiana Spring Classics Sly at a Bernie Traurig clinic Blue Ridge Odette (halfbred by Moxley Duncan) schooling at home. Blue Ridge Odette (halfbred by Moxley Duncan) in the child/adult jumpers. Skatholm Rose in the short stirrup hunters. Skatholm Rose in the short stirrup hunters. Wildwych Porker Blue and Wildwych Lantana on the beach at Amelia Island Sly and Meredith Fintan at Tavia, January 2017 (3.5 years) Sly as office helper Fintan found something knew and interesting. Fintan, At the snowball stand with the girls Fintan, waiting for his snoball Fintan, At the snowball stand with the girls. Fintan, At the snowball stand. Porker and Gabrielle Porker, showing off his tricks… Sly and Avery- early morning at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show Sly and his Valentine visitors- Lee and Addie Sly and his Valentine visitors- Lee and Addie Sly and his Valentine visitors- Lee and Addie Sly and his Valentine visitors- Lee and Addie Avery explaining to Sly why he really doesn’t want to taste her pickle. Avery and Sly up the bank on their cross country adventure during the Atlanta In the Fall show at Chatt Hills in Fairburn, GA. Avery on Fintan and Gabrielle on Sly- stallion bareback fun day. Sly Meeting Declan (*TBS Declan Pondi) at Chatt Hills. Pony rides- Sly and Porker give sisters Wren and Rowan pony rides on a rainy day. Sly and his favorite son, Porker, with their ribbons from the Louisiana Spring classics. Sly and Avery with the ribbons from the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis Sly and Avery schooling cross country Sly and Avery schooling cross country Sly and Avery enjoying some cross country play during the Atlanta in the Fall hunter/jumper show. Louisiana Fall Classics Sly and Avery enjoying some cross country play during the Atlanta in the Fall hunter/jumper show. Sly hacking on the cross country course at Chatt Hills Sly and Avery enjoying some cross country play during the Atlanta in the Fall hunter/jumper show. Halloween Horse Show 2017 Halloween Horse Show 2017 Halloween Horse Show fun- Costume Class Part 2 of Sly’s Halloween Costume- he was a Chick Magnet and Avery was his Mane Chick Halloween Horse Show fun Halloween Horse Show fun Show Prep includes kisses for good pony boys Sydney and Sly in the Equitation Challenge at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis. Avery and Sly in the jumper classes at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis. Sydney and Sly in the Equitation Challenge at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis. Sly at the Louisiana Classics Sydney and Sly in the Equitation Challenge at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis. Avery, Sydney, and Sly accepting their awards at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis. Avery and Sly in the jumper classes at the Midwest Connemara Breeder’s Show in St. Louis. Sly and Avery enjoying some cross country play during the Atlanta in the Fall hunter/jumper show. Fintan, age 4 Fintan, age 4 Fintan, age 4 Horse Shows In The Oaks Porker at Horse Shows In The Oaks Horse Shows In The Oaks Porker at the Louisiana Spring classics Wildwych Porker Blue 2017 Horse Shows in the Oaks 2017, schooling at home 2017 Louisiana Spring Classics 2017, Schooling at home Clemma and Macie Sly as a Tiger and Sydney as the Park Ranger. Sly and his son, Porker, at the Laureen McKenzie clinic. Sly and his lead-line rider, four year old, Lee Kiefer. Ribbons are tasty Sly with his ribbons Sly and Avery at Louisiana Fall Classics I. Avery and Gabrielle hacking on the show grounds at Amen Corner. Sly and his lead line rider, Lee, having a chat about her new hat. Sly and Sydney Belle and Sydney Belle and Sydney Is it our turn yet? If it’s not, do you have food? Sly, August 2016 Fintan, age 3, with Gabrielle Lee and Syd Lee and Syd Sly at Horse Shows In the Oaks Sly at Horse Shows In the Oaks After the bareback fun class Sly getting ready for the bareback fun class. Sly and Syd waiting for their turn Gus and Sly, fall 2015 Kae on Sly, May 2016 Sly and Kae, Amen Corner, April 2016 Gabrielle and Ann Claire on Sly, spring 2016 Sly’s son, Lee Lee and Syd Sly’s son, Lee Lee and Syd Syd riding Bella while Lee follows along Sly’s daughter, Jazz Sydney and Sly, Amen Corner week 1 Dreamtime Dreamtime Dreamtime Wildwych Dreamtime Penny’s first ride undersaddle. Penny’s first ride undersaddle. Sly at his first show, Nov 2015 Skatholm Rose, Wildwych Thundersnow’s dam Holden, getting snuggles Holden and Kae Holden and his dam, Wildwych Dreamtime Wildwych Lantana aka Bella and Gabrielle Trollie on a misty morning Wildwych Lantana (*Glenormiston Flurry Knox X *Skatholm Rose) Sly and Sydney, September 2015 Sly and Sydney, September 2015 Sly and Gabrielle, summer 2015 Porker and Gabrielle Gabrielle and Porker Gabrielle and Porker on Amelia Island Porker and Gabrielle, practicing their movie tricks in the Atlantic Ocean Oceans are fun! Porker and Gabrielle in the pond Wildwych Porker Blue (Wildwych Dreamtime) Wildwych Porker Blue (Wildwych Dreamtime) Elsa and Avery Macie and Queen take the babies out for some exercise Macie and Queen take the babies out for some exercise Avery and Clemma Avery and Clemma Avery and Clemma checking out the blueberry bushes. Avery adjusting Clemma’s forelock. Avery and Clemma Clemma and Sydney Clemma and Sydney Scarlet and Kae hacking in the afternoon Scarlet and Kae Bella, Gabrielle, and Kae Bella and Syd Bella and Syd Syd and Bella Porker and Bella with Gabrielle and Sydney on Amelia Island, FL Sydney swimming with Bella on Amelia Island Bella and Syd Gabrielle on Porker and Syd on Bella “ocean racing” Kae and Syd, Christmas morning pond play Bella and Gabrielle Bella and Gabrielle Bella and Mariah Bella and Avery Bella and Syd Marie on Queen Pond play with Queen Queen and Sydney Queen and Kaelin Kaelin and Gabrielle on Queen in the pond Kae and Queen in the pond More pond play Syd on Dream and Alex on Queen Sydney on Queen Pond play with Dreamtime and Queen Picking blueberries Blueberries for Dream Resting on Dream Easter pony rides Avery on Dream Jessica on Porker Easter pony rides Kae and Queen, Easter 2015 Easter 2015, Queen gives pony rides Syd on Dream Wildwych Dreamtime Dream and Bella Bella Sly-When you live at a barn with lots of girls, you learn to check your cell phone often. Sydney and Sly April 2015- Avery rides Sly for the first time.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
Find your magic. Find the Connemara Pony.
Blackwing Connemara Ponies
24233 Oalmann Road East
Bush LA 70431 985-415-4742 firstname.lastname@example.org