A unique opportunity to see Connemara Ponies in their natural environment
Although considered a new Stud, Manor Connemara Ponies and Noel Noonan have become very familiar names on the show circuit both in Ireland and the United Kingdom. This is thanks to the high quality ponies that now call Manor their home, ponies such as BCPS 2012 Champion Rosscon Windy Lady – twice winner at the Clifden Connemara Pony Show – and most recently Banks Vanilla, who had an unbelievable season in 2012. A novice Connemara who had never been shown under saddle, Banks Vanilla, under the guiding hands of Noel and producer Sam Roberts, amassed a huge amount of awards culminating with a win at HOYS and ‘Best of Breed’ at Olympia, all in under 10 months.
Where ponies are a way of life
The Manor stable yard and arena is nestled amidst some of the most stunning views of Connemara’s mountains, lakes and seascapes. To the rear by Ardbear Bay, you can still see the remains of what was once Clifden Harbour and to the front the magnificent backdrop of the Twelve Bens Mountains and the tranquil expanse of Salt Lake, which is divided from the bay by what is known as an early Alexander Nimmo stone bridge. Here at Manor the principle of ‘Quality over Quantity’ and a strong commitment to breeding from the oldest and strongest of bloodlines is a priority, and we are happy to talk to anyone interested in the Connemara Pony Breed and also provide the opportunity to view our ponies in their natural environment grazing contentedly by lake shore and seashore here in Ardbear.
Visitors welcome Monday-Thursday (by appointment)