In 1923 the Connemara Pony Breeders' Society and Studbook was founded with the declared intention of preserving and improving the Connemara pony.
The first studbook, published in 1926, listed ninety-three Connemara mares and nine Connemara stallions. The stallion list included three ponies who became founders of two of the five main lines which survive today.
Connemara Pony Breeders' Society and Studbook was founded with the declared intention of preserving and improving the Connemara pony.
Amongst the first ponies recorded in the Studbook are Cannon Ball (1) and his son Rebel (7), founders of the Blue Line, and Connemara Boy (9), founder of the Red Line
The first studbook, published in 1926, listed ninety-three Connemara mares and nine Connemara stallions..
To expand the gene pool, the CPBS introduced outside blood, and during the 1940's used three Irish Draught stallions, May Boy being the most influential. .
Three thoroughbred stallions were also added. Little Heaven was the most significant of the introduced sires, and his half-bred son, Carna Dun founded the Purple Line.
In 1954 the CPBS bought a buckskin colt by the Arab stallion Naseel, out of a Connemara mare. This Arabian half-bred colt registered in 1958 as Clonkeehan Auratum established the Orange Line.
The Green Line was established when Mountain Lad was registered in 1938.
Blue Line represented by Innishgoil Laddie, Lavalley Rebel and Calla Rebel.
Green Line represented by Tully Grey, Thunder, Tully N.
Red Line represented by Dun Aengus and MacDara
Purple Line represented by Carna Dun.
Orange Line represented by Clonkeehan Auratum.
Influential Connemara Sires
One cannot discuss the influence of the Connemara Pony Stallion Carna Dun properly without first mentioning his Thoroughbred Sire Little Heaven.
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