After four years at Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm, it was time for our Connemara Pony, Park Sarah to return home to Connemara National Park.
Park Sarah was gifted to the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council farm by the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service. In return, Council gifted the Connemara National Park with one of its Moiled heifers called Silverwood Sunflower 3, giving the Park a new bloodline for their herd of Moiled cattle.
This cross-border initiative aimed to raise awareness of the cultural and agricultural heritage of these rare breeds, the importance of preserving them and their importance in the management and conservation of our habitats.
Speaking about the initiative, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Paul Greenfield said:
“Our farm staff at Tannaghmore did a fantastic job in looking after Park Sarah during her residency with us. It was a pleasure for the Council to partner with Irish National Parks and Wildlife Services on help promote the importance of unique breeds and their importance to our culture and heritage.”
It is hoped that Park Sarah will get into foal to Master Dundee stable name Paul, and all being well, Tannaghmore will have a foal in the Spring of 2024!
2023 marks 100 years of The Connemara Pony Breeders Society and to celebrate this milestone, Connemara National Park is hosting an art exhibition in July, based on the Connemara Pony.
The Park invites artists to donate a Connemara Pony themed painting/sketch/drawing or photograph, which will be sold to help raise funds for Connemara Therapeutic Riding. For more information please contact or