12th Jul 2013
For the first time visitors to the Irish National Stud & Gardens will be able to view a purebred connemara mare and foal.
The 7 year old grey mare Tullanna Lady is by Currachmore Cashel (French National Champion and European Champion 2012). Her filly foal now named Tullanna Donna Belle was born 23rd April and is by Banks Timber. They are owned and bred by Seamus Hynds.
The history of ponies in Connemara (the region west of Galway) goes back to the arrival of the Celts in the 4th Century BC. The Celts came with their herds of horses across northern Europe, extending through England, Scotland, Wales and finally to Ireland. It is believed that the old dun ponies of Connemara, especially prized for their hardiness and endurance, were most typical of their Celtic ancestors.
The Connemara pony has developed into the ideal all round family pony, capable of excelling in any equestrian sphere. Clifden is the home of the Connemara Pony Sales and of the Connemara Pony Breeders Society, founded in 1923 to preserve the breed. Since then the popularity of the pony has spread worldwide with Connemara Pony Societies throughout Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Every year on the third Thursday of August the Connemara Pony Breeders hold their annual show in the Showgrounds in Clifden, attracting thousands from all over Ireland, Europe and beyond.
For more information see www.cpbs.ie