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Ireland’s only native breed, the Connemara Pony was developed from hardy stock that had to not only survive, but thrive in Western Ireland’s harsh terrain. These intelligent ponies are compact without bulk, have a long stride for their height, and a natural jumping ability that has earned them a place in hunter, jumper, and eventing competitions.

One such example is the 2004 Connemara stallion, W.H. Topgun. A striking buckskin, he competed in eventing at the Preliminary level with his then-trainer Elliott Blackmon in the saddle for owners Jim & Nancy Kilcrease. Currently focusing on dressage, Topgun is also siring future athletes and passing along his friendly disposition and work ethic to the next generation.

In addition to being the American Connemara Pony Society’s (ACPS) Region IV Champion several times, Topgun has also been the ACPS Purebred Connemara of the Year, and received the US Equestrian Federation’s Horse of the Year Award in the Eventing Connemara division!

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