Chris Knox

Christine Ogier Knox is originally from Barrington Hills, Illinois where she attained the US Pony Clubs ‘A’ rating. As a rider, trainer, judge, coach, course designer and clinician Chris has…

Continue Reading Chris Knox

Kathy Sparks

Kathy Sparks spent her younger years growing up in northern Indiana, but studied abroad as a teenager, living near Antwerp Belgium.  It was living in the Belgian countryside that her…

Continue Reading Kathy Sparks

Marynell Eyles

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Inspectors

The Eyles family seems to have been chosen by the Connemara breed for a lifetime of devotion. When a breed of equine suits your family's needs, it’s best to stick…

Continue Reading Marynell Eyles

Laura Balding

  • Post author:
  • Post category:Inspectors

In the late 50’s our Mother discovered Connemara Ponies. My best mount at the time was a 17.3hh Thoroughbred, called Happy Landing. I took him to be part of a…

Continue Reading Laura Balding

Inspections in the United States

  • Post author:
  • Post category:History

Connemara ponies were first brought to the United States in the 1950’s, primarily as children’s riding ponies. The American Connemara Pony Society (ACPS) was formed in 1956. Most other countries…

Continue Reading Inspections in the United States

The First Inspections

  • Post author:
  • Post category:History

There have been ponies in Connemara since at least 1399, the date of the first written account. They have been described over the centuries in both glowing and derogatory terms.…

Continue Reading The First Inspections

Sarah McThrasher

The path that led me to the connemara pony was by pure circumstantial chance or luck. As a gutsy 11yo in search of an event pony my parents were told…

Continue Reading Sarah McThrasher

Tracy Garland

I have been a Connemara Pony enthusiast and owner for the last 18 years. My gelding, Hideaway’s First Edition (Eddie), and I have enjoyed learning and doing dressage, jumping, driving,…

Continue Reading Tracy Garland

Joan Webster

I “met” my first Connemara in 1974—a purebred Connemara stallion, ridden by an eight-year-old girl in a low-key, rural, children's schooling show! It was a fascinating experience to behold! Never…

Continue Reading Joan Webster

Liz Platais

I became a lifetime member of the ACPS in 1973. I traveled extensively through Europe, England, and Ireland with my mother, Rachel Page Elliott, author of “Dogsteps,” internationally-known lecturer and authority…

Continue Reading Liz Platais