Capaillíní Chonamara – TG4 Documentary

A very well produced and shot, and comprehensive documentary about the Connemara Pony was aired on TG4 over the Christmas break. For those of you from foreign shores, the show is in Irish, but very well subtitled. Click here to view: link.

Clinic at Christmas Show

An interesting clinic on coformation will form part of the programme at the Society’s Christmas show at Creagh Equestrian Centre at Ballinasloe, on Saturday, December 14th. Two Judges will cast their eyes over four geldings, one Judge for the In-Hand point of view and another for the Performance. The contrasting opinions and discussions should make […]

Heather Mixture

16 Apr, 2014


This Photo of Heather Mixture is from the collection of Martha Verschueren. Martha and her husband Leon were two of the first importers of Connemara ponies to the Netherlands in the late 60s and were prominent in promoting the breed there.They were regular visitors to Connemara and knew the breeders well. Martha visited a lot during the 70s and has left a valuable photographic archive. Heather Mixture(2709) was Clifden champion in ’66. By Clonkeehan Auratum(104) out of Calla Brown(922) she was a beautiful dappled dun and her sire was extremely popular. He was a halfbred (by the Arab Nazeel) and with the other halfbred Carna Dun(by the thoroughbred Little Heaven) they had a huge influence in breeding matters. The Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley of the pony world, things were never the same again. They brought scope and style to the pony and yet the breeders tired of Auratum thinking him too light and too short in his quarters. Many considered Heather Mixture too light as well but still a gorgeous pony by any standard.

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