Festival of the Connemara Pony
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The Festival of the Connemara Pony is a celebration of the Connemara Pony breed with week-long activities.
The Connemara Pony is a distinctive breed with excellent qualities: strong, intelligent and very hard working, perfect for the wild unforgiving landscape of Connemara, the Galway region that gave them their name. Their genial disposition makes them excellent pets while their powerful build makes them good jumpers and great show ponies. The annual Connemara Pony Festival & Show attracts visitors from all over the world.
The highlight of the festival is on Thursday and Friday, when the biggest showcase of Connemara Ponies in the world takes place. Ponies compete in in-hand classes, ridden classes, working hunter classes, and in a puissance competition. Visitors are treated to the spectacle of seeing the ponies demonstrate their prowess in trials and competitions under the watchful eye of experienced judges and a win is always a source of great pride for the pony’s dedicated owner. For non-pony enthusiasts, there is a dog show, a domestic arts show and Irish Dancing.