Prepared from information supplied by the Connemara Pony Breeders' Society of Australia
The Connemara pony is native to the part of Ireland, west of Galway, known as Connemara. The Connemara Pony Breeders' Society of Australia was established in 1971 and these ponies are now bred and ridden across the country.
The pony is a compact, well-balanced riding type with good depth and substance and good heart room, standing on short legs and covering a lot of ground. The pony should measure between 128 and 148 centimetres. Acceptable colours are grey, black, bay, brown, buckskin, roan, chestnut, palomino and dark and blue-eyed cream.
The first Connemara pony imported to Australia was the stallion Island King in 1963. Dr Fred Wiltshire hoped to add movement, bone and scope to the Australian pony breed, and Island King was originally registered as an Australian pony stallion.
The Connemara Pony Breeders' Society maintains the studbook, foal register and partbred register in Australia. Ponies are also eligible for dual registration with the Australian Pony Stud Book.
The Connemara pony is an athletic and versatile larger pony suitable for adults and children, competitive across a variety of disciplines and well suited as a family and pleasure mount. The Connemara partbred, most commonly the Thoroughbred cross, has proved a popular mount as a competitive showjumper and eventer.