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Mountain and Moorland Showing > Connemara Pony



Breed Standard

Height - Normally 133cms to 148cms at maturity

Colour & Markings - Grey, black, bay, brown, dun with occasional roan, chestnut & palomino

Head  - Well balanced pony head of medium length with good width between large kindly eyes. Pony ears, well defined cheekbone. Jaw relatively deep but not coarse

Front  - Head well set on to neck. Chest should not be over-developed. Neck not set on too low. Good length of rein. Well defined withers, good sloping shoulder

Body - Body should be deep, with strong back, some length permissible but should be well ribbed up an with strong loins

Hindquarters - Strong and muscular with some length, well developed second thighs (gaskin) andd strong low set hocks

Limbs - Good length and strength in the forearm, well defined knees and short cannons, with flat bone measuring 18 - 21cms. Elbow should be free,. Pasterns of medium length, feet well shaped, of medium size, hard and level.

Action - Movement free, easy and true, without undue knee action, but covering the ground

General Character - Good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, surefootedness, jumping ability, suitable for child or adult

Trimming rules for showing

Manes - ponies should be shown unplaited. However, very thick manes may be discreetly thinned but should look as natural as possible.

Tails - should look natural and should not but pulled but may be squared off at the bottom.

Head - Ears may be trimmed flat (no trimming inside of the ears). Light trimming of long hairs in jaw line is permitted. Whiskers should not be trimmed.

Legs - No trimming of feather on legs or trimming into heels.

Ridden ponies ONLY may be clipped in the interest of welfare. Legs should not be clipped. Under no circumstances should foals be clipped.

No false hair, artificial colouring or make-up should be used.

Tack for In Hand showing

The pony should wear a smart leather in hand bridle and bit, leather showing headcollar or a clean white webbing halter.  Colts and stallions over two years old must be bitted.


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