Connemara Pony

Standard of Excellence

General:  Compact, well-balanced riding type with good depth and substance and good heart room, standing on short legs, covering a lot of ground. Good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, surefootedness, jumping ability, suitable for child or adult.
Height: Not exceeding 14.2 hands high
Colour: Grey, Black, Bay, Brown, Dun, Roan, Chestnut, Palomino and Dark-eyed Creams
Head: Well-balanced head of medium length with good width between large kindly eyes. Pony ears, well-defined cheekbone, jaw relatively deep but not coarse.
Head well-set onto neck. Crest should not be over-developed. Neck not set on too low. Good length of rein. Good sloping shoulders.
Body: Body should be deep, with strong back, some length permissible but should be well-ribbed up and with strong loins.
Hind Quarters should be strong and muscular with some length, well-developed second thighs (gaskin) and strong low-set hocks.
Limbs: Good length and strength in forearm, well-defined knees and short cannons, with flat bone measuring at least 18cms
Action: Free, easy and true, active with some knee action, and covering the ground
Show Presentation: A Connemara Pony should be shown in as natural state as possible