You don’t need the luck o’ the Irish to appreciate the talent, athleticism, and overall appeal of Ireland’s superlative Connemara Pony. But are you familiar with some of the most famous Connemaras? Here are a handful of legendary ponies that have galloped their way into history:
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The Connemara cross-bred Stroller might not have been very big—he stood just 14.1 hands—but that didn’t stop him from competing with great success against much larger horses as a show jumper. Ridden throughout his career by Marion Coakes, the diminutive gelding won the silver medal in the individual competition at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, in addition to triumphing in 61 other international competitions. Retired at the age of 21, Stroller lived to the ripe old age of 36.
The legendary Connemara gelding Nugget, renowned for his remarkable athleticism and skill at jumping, accomplished remarkable feats at an age when most ponies are ready to relax in a pasture. At the age of 22 in 1935, Nugget successfully cleared 7’2”, which was a world record at the time. Defying his age, Nugget continued to compete with success and ultimately won more than 300 prizes, stamping himself as a legendary member of his breed.
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