Connemara Ponies


Characteristics of the Breed

Type: Compact, well-balanced riding type with good depth and substance and good heart room, standing on short legs, covering a lot of ground.  Good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, surefootedness, with jumping ability.

Height: 128cms to 148cms inclusive.

Colour: Grey, Black, Bay, Brown, Dun.  May also be known as Buckskin, Palomino, Dark-Eyed Cream, with occasional Roans and Chestnuts.

Head: Well-balanced head of medium length with good width between large kindly eyes.  Pony ears, well-defined cheekbone, jaw relatively deep but not coarse.

Front: Head well set onto neck.  Crest should not be over-developed.  Neck not set on too low.  Good length of rein.  Well-defined withers, good sloping shoulders.

Body: Body should be deep, with strong back, some length permissible, but should be well ribbed up with strong loins.

Limbs: Good length and strength in forearm, well-defined knees and short cannon with flat bone measuring 18cms to 21cms.  Elbows should be free.  Pasterns of medium length, fee well shaped, of medium size, hard and level.

Hind: Strong muscular with some length, well developed second thigh (gaskin) and strong low set hocks.

Movement: Free, easy and true without undue knee action, but active and covering the ground.


The Aran Bobby Trophy


The Aran Bobby Trophy is awarded each year to the Connemara Pony which has attained the most open working hunter points only, in that year. 


Connemara Pony Breeders Society Award

This year the IPS is most grateful to the Connemara Pony Breeders Society for the special awards, both to the winner of the Aran Bobby Trophy and the Ridden Connemara Pony to receive the most points this year.

  1. The winner of the Aran Bobby Trophy will receive €150 plus a rosette;
  2. The Ridden Connemara Pony which has attained the most points this year from either novice ridden, riders under 16yrs, riders over 16yrs or a combination thereof will receive €100 plus rosette;

Again, the Irish Pony Society must thank the Connemara Pony Society and their Performance Committee for these awards.