Croghan Hill Connemara Ponies was established by Shannon Mc Caffrey Quinn and Devon Murray in 2018 and is a family run business in the heart of county Offaly in Ireland. We have a top selection of broken/unbroken Connemara Ponies for sale aged 3+ that are professionally broken and trained to the highest of standard. We buy ponies from all over Ireland, break them/ bring them on and find them a new loving home. Our Ponies would be suitable for Showjumping, Hunting, Cross Country and Working Hunter classes and can be transported to anywhere in the world if required. If you are looking for great Connemara please message us so that we can help find your perfect pony.
The Connemara pony is a pony breed originating in Ireland. They are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition. The Connemara is best known today as a sports pony. Ridden by both children and adults, it is considered to be a very versatile pony breed, competitive in show jumping, dressage and eventing, but also with the stamina for endurance riding.
Although the Connemara pony as we know it is officially a native breed of our country, its origins are mainly from Scandinavia and Spain. In 795 AD, an earlier version of the breed was among the many things the Vikings brought with them to Ireland, but it wasn’t until the Spanish Armada ran aground in 1588 that the Connemara pony was formed. When the Spanish sailors of the armada unexpectedly found themselves in Galway in 1588 their Andalusian horses were set loose and began to breed with the wild Scandinavian ponies in the Connemara mountains. A new breed was born, bringing with it some of the best qualities of the two parent breeds. The Connemara pony is Ireland’s only native breed, with a history that some believe dates back to the ancient Celts. The Celts, who were skilled horsemen, developed the Pony from Scandinavian ponies that the Vikings first brought to Ireland.