This one's for all you animal lovers out there, and especially for all you equine lovers. On second thought, this is something that will be enjoyed by anyone who loves Ireland, her unique landscapes, and her grand auld traditions.
Last night (26 December, 2013), a new documentary on the Connemara Pony aired on TG4 (Ireland's public service broadcaster for Irish-language speakers). Entitled "Capaillíní Chonamara," this programme explains not only Ireland's love affair with the Connemara Pony, but also a deep appreciation that continues to go further and further afield. Throughout Europe, North America, and even Australia, the Connemara Pony is becoming the breed of choice due to their athleticism, versatility and good disposition. One Frenchman in the film even says these ponies are known as "the Rolls Royce of ponies" in his own country.
If you don't know much about Connemara Ponies, this will be a great primer on what makes this breed unique from all the others; and even if you don't have a soft spot for equine, the striking landscapes captured as well as the unique Connemara traditions shown herein will likely make this short film worthy of your time.
Click HERE to view the documentary.