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 our sheepdog, 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.
Our Ponies are :
Buttermilk Melody ( Millie), born 2000
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 Ireland Finals and was 4th in her ridden class in Clifden. On May 10, 2013 she delivered a lovely golden dun filly foal. who we have named Buttermilk Goldleaf, The Clifden Winner, Clochanard Paddy, we hope she will have a successful life in the showring !
Buttermilk Diana (Diana) Born 1992
Sire : Moy Johnny’s Pride
Dam : Claretuam Clara
Buttermilk Diana S: Moy Johnny’s Pride D : Claretuam Clara, had a colt foal by Gurteen Dara in 2012, he went to his new home in Wicklow in October. Diana is now retired from breeding and is happy being the boss !
Buttermilk Ruby S : Earl of Newbridge D : Buttermilk Diana was born May 25 2008. Ruby has had a great year at the shows , competing in the smaller type class ( 138 cms and under) she has been first or second all year and second in Clifden.
Buttermilk Hoku S : Dooneeen Supermatch D : Buttermilk Melody, born 2009. Hoku was broken in August and has just gone to her new home in Ballyconneely where we hope we will have a great ridden career.
Buttermilk Mayday S : Dooneeen Supermatch D : Buttermilk Melody, a golden dun, has been to a few shows this year and got seconds and thirds.