What’s a Connemara Pony?

Connemara Ponies in Zoo World

Yesterday marked the beginning of Saint Patrick’s Day in Zoo World, and with that brought the first of many new animals. You’ll find that many of them have exotic-sounding names reflecting their rich Irish history. The first of these is the Connemara Pony (A.K.A. the Connemara ag Leim) – read on to learn more about this showy show pony!

A Brief Look at the Connemara

Two Connemara Ponies in a field in IrelandImage credit: Boocal

The Connemara Pony is famous around the world for being hardy and sure-footed, stemming from its origins on the rocky shores of the Connemara region in Western Ireland. The harsh weather of the region gave rise to the pony’s resilience, which is reflected today in their jack-of-all-trades abilities. They’re Ireland’s only native horse breed, and their hardiness and kind temperament makes them both wonderful pets and talented show breeds.

Legend has it

Although the Connemara Pony didn’t become an official breed until 1923, its history dates back to the Renaissance. Tales go that after Sir Francis Drake defeated the Spanish Armada in 1582, the defeated ships beached in Ireland – releasing hundreds of Spanish Andalusian horses. They then bred with the native Irish stock, giving the already-sturdy ponies even more versatile qualities.

Connemaras in the Show World

Connemara Pony jumping in a showImage credit: Just chaos

As a show horse, Connemara Ponies compete in jumping, dressage, eventing and even endurance riding, and they are considered great mounts for both children and adults.

Every year, the Connemara Pony Breeders Society holds the Connemara Pony Festival and Show, a multi-day affair in Clifden, Galway that draws horse fans from around the world.

Quick Connemara Facts

Adding these Irish horses to your zoo? Here are the Zoo Facts you’ll learn for the Daily Quiz:

Connemara Pony in a St. Patrick's Hat

Connemara Pony

  • The Connemara Pony is known to form very strong bonds with their owners.
  • The Connemara Pony can recognize the voice or face of a person for years even if they have been separated from that person.
  • The Connemara Pony was first used by local farmers and laborers to haul large baskets of rocks from the fields, and seaweed from the shore.

Connemara ag Leim rearing backConnemara ag Leim

  • The Connemara ag Leim is named after the area in Ireland from which it originated.
  • The Connemara ag Leim does not fully mature until they are at least 5 years old.
  • The Connemara ag Leim can be found in Canada, the U.S. and in most of Europe.

>> More Connemara Pony Facts

Join us in welcoming the Connemara Pony to Zoo World. A new Irish animal unlocks on March 11th at Noon PST, so be sure to log in and help one!

5 responses to “What’s a Connemara Pony?

  1. I LOVE THIS ANIMAL. THE STREGNTH AND BEING ABLE TO RECOGNIZE ITS OWNER EVEN IF THEY HAVENT SEEN YOU IN A WHILE. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL

  2. I would just like to commend you on the teachings and fun facts you leave on all the many animals in Zoo World. It’s one of the things I enjoy about playing. At age 54, I try to learn something new every single day ~ that’s where you folks help. I get to share this learning with my four grandchildren. Thank you for a game that’s not only non-violent but also fun AND educational. Kudos!

    • Deb, These are my sentiments exactly; I, too, play the game because it’s educational and non-violent! Have even organized my islands as continents and have placed the animals as close as possible to their native habitat. The White Lions of Southern Africa and the Tibetan Fox of the Himalayan Plateau are two of my favorites.
      I echo: thank you for a game that is educational, fun and non-violent.

  3. Thanks for writing about these great animals. My sister has some and they are just as good as you say they are!

  4. I love the fact that Zoo World has taken the time and effort to find animals that are originaly from Ireland. 2 thumbs up!

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