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The Connemara-Pony in Germany
  by Beatrice Milleder
 
   
   Now that we are looking back on more than 30 years of Connemara breeding in
Germany it is a good time to let pass all these years and to have a look on present
German Connemara breeding.
    
General development
   
   It was the year 1962 when Mr. Jan-Harald Koelichen (founder of the Jan-Harald
Koelichen perpetual championship in Clifden) decided to bring his Conneamara-
Ponies from Ireland to Germany. He had a farm in Co. Cork near Bantry Bay where
he and his wife bred Connemara-Ponies for about five years. In 1962 however he
thought it would be nice to have the Connemaras at home too and so the first two
Connemara-Ponies came to Germany. They were the grey gelding "Irish Don" by
Inver Rebel, and the grey mare "Sheelagh Shrue" by Carna Dun, she was called
Jule as a nickname later on. More ponies were following to his German home near
Munich in Bavaria. Another interested man appeared on the scene at nearly the
same time. Mr. Zika, who lived near Frankfurt. He was more a dealer and brought
about 100 Ponies of the best quality to Germany the following years. They mostly
came from Connemara and from Lambay Island, especially after the dispersal sale
there. The first stallion that came over from Ireland was in 1963 an offspring by
Carna Dun, Lord Dun Carna (CPS 141), who had great influence on the German
breeding and who died 1986 having reached the fine age of 27 years.
  At the beginning of the 70's more and more people began to breed and to import
Connemara-Ponies so that the number of ponies in Germany grew up until today to
about one thousend.
   
  Because of the historic background Germany was organized after World War II as
a federal state system which had 11 states (now 16). These states live under the law
of the federal republik of Germany. But on the other hand they are independent in
some parts of their policy which are i.e. culture and agriculture. So each state had its
own breeding policy and in every state there was founded a pony breeding society
which was responsible for all pony breeds.
  The Connemara Pony breeders in Germany felt very early that this situation would
cause problems so they founded in 1973 the so called Connemara-Pony Interessen-
gemeinschaft e.V. (CP-IG for short), which was no breeding society but an nation-
wide union of the Connemara breeders who should  help to keep in contact with each
other. It also worked and works together with the breeding societies in the states
which was very helpful in coordinating all their activities. The members of the CP-IG
were also members in the breeding societies- so practically the CP-IG was very
powerful inside the breeding societies through its members. And last but not least
the Interessengemeinschaft had always good contacts to the parent society in Ireland -
this fact was very important all the time for not loosing the roots of the breed.
  Nearly 90 % of the Connemara-breeders in Germany are organized in the CP-IG.
The IG was it also who produced a general breed standard for Germany and now
every state in Germany has the same breed standard for Connemara Ponies, which is
the most important thing to keep the breed true outside Ireland.
  The IG is a member of the FN (our German horse board) and is heard in every
nationwide decision which is made about Connemara Ponies. We are proud on that
because we can now present a very true to type Connemara Pony in Germany and all
the Irish judges who were present on every show the last eight years were very pleased
about the good quality of the German breeding.
  The Connemara-Pony in Germany was and is for the first a reliable family pony that
can be ridden by children and adults likewise. Some Connemaras have earned great
honour under saddle in jumping and dressage arenas. Just recently Libelle, a daughter
of May Prince and Lovelly Bellis was the best sports pony in the south of Germany.
And Rasmus, a registered sire by Dyamond's Dandy got very much attention by jump-
ing more than 150 cms with his 15 year old rider.
  Above all the Connemara is because of its very good character, hardiness and dura-
bility an excellent partner for the leasure-time riding which is very popular in
Germany. The breed has made itself lots of friends over the last 30 years and is still
getting more and more admirers. Although it is not easy to sell colt foals (which
seems to be an world-wide problem in all breeds) we have a very good market for
our products. The Connemara has conquered a stronghold in the German horse scene.
Outstanding ponies
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