2017 is coming to an end, and although winter has just arrived in some countries, we are already preparing to launch into a new season. In little over a months time, the 2018 Summer Collection will be in stores near you. But before that, we take you back to the photoshoot of our recent Winter Collection.

The Connemara – The pony that “Does it all”

This year the dressage Autumn/Winter Collection photo shoot took us to the moors of Galway. Galway has been known many years beforehand from breeding one of the most versatile and popular ponies in the world. The Connemara.

History:

Considered to be Irelands only native breed, the history of the Connemara dates back about 2500 years. It is said that when the Spanish Armada sank in the 16th century, their horses swam to the shore and bred with the wild ponies that lived there in the mountains. This new breed had to survive the harsh land and rough climate, eating from the frugal vegetation. Also learning how to be quick and sturdy on their feet, as needed in this difficult and rough landscape.

In 1923, the Connemara Breeding Society was formed.  And today Connemara Pony Societies can be found all over the world, such as England, America, Sweden, Norway, France, Finland, Holland and many more. Today these ponies are wonderful partners, and compete in all sorts of equestrian sports such as hunter, jumping, eventing, dressage and driving to name a few.

Type and conformation:

The modern type, American bred Connemara can reach up to 152 cm (15 hands). They can be found in all different colours, form bay to black and palomino. The body is rugged, sturdy and compact. They have kind eyes and a well shaped head that stands in proportion to the body.  They have a kind temperament and are easy to handle. When it comes to action, they are sure footed, athletic and intelligent.

Everywhere you look for information about the Connemara, there seems to be a common denominator. Versatility. They are kind and gentle enough for a small child, but also strong and tough enough for an adult.

And with the vey fitting slogan “The Pony That Does It All”, seems quite the dream for any equestrian and horse lover.

Fun Facts:

  • In 1968, a 147 cm (14,4 hh) part bred Connemara named Stroller, won an Olympic silver medal with Marion Mould.
  • I 2015, a woman called Emma Massingale, lived alone on an island with her six Connemara ponies. The project was about working and starting two ponies completely at liberty, aiming to show you don´t need to use force to train horses.
  • The Connemara Pony has been imported and bred in the United States for over 50 years
  • The largest Connemara show in the world takes place yearly in Clifden, Connemara, Ireland on the third Thursday in August.

Sources: Wikipedia, www.acps.org, www.irishtimes.com, www.equineworld.co.uk, www.connemaras.com, www.horseandhound.co.uk