Best of breeds

Posted 12th June 2020

Find your perfect native pony

Connemara Pony Jumping

From Shetlands to Connemaras, there are tons of awesome pony breeds that come from the UK and Ireland. They’re super-clever and hardy, making them fab riding ponies, but which one would be the perfect pony pal for you? Find out what makes each breed unique with our super-useful fact native breed fact files! 


Super-cute Shetlands

From: The Shetland Isles

Height: 7hh–11hh

Looks: Short with stocky legs, a fluffy coat and a long mane and tail, plus they’re super-adorable!

Known for: Being clever, tough and good with children.

Popular for: Often used as a child’s first pony. They also do well in showing, driving and, of course, Shetland pony racing!

Character: They have a reputation for being a bit stubborn! 


Nimble New Forests

From: The New Forest, Hampshire

Height: 12hh–14.2hh

Looks: Fine and athletic with powerful hindquarters. They’re usually bay, black chestnut, grey or roan.

Known for: Being speedy, sure-footed and friendly.

Popular for: New Forests make great Pony Club ponies, and can turn a hoof to dressage, showjumping, cross-country and mounted games.

Character: They’re super-smart, so you’ll need to keep a close eye on them!

Classy Connemaras

From: Connemara, Ireland

Height: 13hh–15hh

Looks: Well-proportioned and compact, with stocky legs and kind eyes.

Known for: Being athletic, versatile and sensible.

Popular for: Everything! Connies are especially good at dressage, showjumping, eventing and hacking.

Character: They’re super-playful and can get up to mischief, so you’ll need to make sure they have a fun, active home!

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