Buckskin roan Connemara stallion Golddigger Laddie. © M. Tammisaari. Connemara is probably originated from the same ancient stock as Shetlands, Highlands and Fjords. They were used as work ponies in Ireland for centuries but as the farmers needed bigger ponies with better quality, crossings with TB's and some oriental stock were made. Now Connemara is big, high-quality riding and driving pony.