Connemara Pony Breed

 

Connemara Pony Jumping

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

Another type of pony breed is the Connemara, which is known for its ability as a jumper. This breed originated in the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland. In the 16th century, crosses among Spanish-Barbs, Jennets, and Andalusians were mated with native ponies. Later, the offspring of these crosses were crossed with Arabians.

In 1923, the Connemara Pony Breeders Society was formed to protect the integrity of the breed by preventing …

Shetland Pony Breed

Ashley Griffin, University of Kentucky

One of the most popular pony breeds is the Shetland. The Shetland is a smaller pony with a maximum height of 46 inches (11.6 hands); however, most Shetlands stand approximately 40 inches tall at the withers. This hardy breed was developed in the highland country 100 miles north of Scotland near the Arctic Circle (Scotland Island).

The Shetland’s strength and size made it ideal to work in the mines in England and Scotland. …