Our Connemara Ponies
Photo above : Buttermilk Connemara Ponies overlooking Streamstown Bay.
The Connemara Pony is the only native pony to Ireland.Their characteristics are : good temperament, hardiness, staying power, intelligence, soundness, surefootedness, jumping ability, suitable for child or adult. In older times they were used to pull carts, for farm work and as the family transport. Nowadays they are mainly kept as pets and show animals. Each Sunday from May until October there is a show held within a 2 hour drive of Clifden, if you are interested in attending a show just let us know, we’ll give you directions and probaly see you there!
On our land in Streamstown ( overlooking Streamstown Bay) and Moyard ( 3 & 6 miles from the house) we breed Connemara Ponies and Connemara Blackface Sheep. Guests are welcome to visit, we’ll give you directions and you can also meet Shep and Robbie our sheepdogs, and Harley our Golden Retriever if you wish. There is a ringfort located at the top of our land in Streamstown and from there you will get the most amazing views of Streamstown Bay, the deserted village and standing stones on the neighbouring land (it’s well worth the climb!) From our mountain land you can see all the way to Inishbofin Island on a clear day. In Moyard you will often see the roaming wild deer.
At present our Ponies are :
Buttermilk Melody ( Millie), born 2000 148cms. Sire : Robin Hood D : Crumpaun Rosie. “Millie” has bred 6 filly foals, in 2011 and 2012 she took a break from breeding and was ridden and competed in dressage and ridden shows and in The Cleggan Beach Musical Ride. She qualified for the Winter League All Ireland Finals and was 4th in her ridden class in Clifden.
Buttermilk Diana born 1992, 134 cms. S: Moy Johnny’s Pride D : Claretuam Clara.”Diana” has had a successful show career, bred some beautiful ponies and although small she is happy being the boss !
Buttermilk Ruby , born 2008 , 138cms. S : Earl of Newbridge D : Buttermilk Diana.”Ruby” has had a very successful career to date in the showring. She competes in hand in the smaller type class ( 138 cms and under) she has always been first or second. In 2013 she placed second in Clifden and in 2014 she won her class in Clifden. Ruby is in foal to the stallion Contepomi Cashel and is due in May 2015.
Buttermilk Goldleaf , born 2013 S : Clochanard Paddy D : Buttermilk Melody. “Goldie” will be inspected in 2015. Her sire was a Clifden Show winner and we hope she will have a successful career in the showring.
We have bred, bought & sold numerous other ponies over the years and have many photos etc. It’s always lovely to hear from present owners and see how they are doing !
Visit the gallery for lots more photos !