Animals of the Celtic Lands
Mountain & Moorland Ponies
Come visit with these beautiful and unique ponies from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. Hailing from the romantic “mountains and moors” of their native countries, these ponies are rare in the United States but versatile and talented with fine dispositions – the perfect mount for adults and children alike! A variety of the nine traditional breeds – Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Fell, Highland, New Forest, Shetland, and Welsh – all raised locally by dedicated enthusiasts, will be represented and provide exciting demonstrations.
The Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club was formed in 1974.
The beginnings of Irish Wolfhounds can be traced back as early as 273B.C. through ancient woodcuts and writings. Ownership of these great hounds was highly restricted. They were sent as highly coveted gifts to emperors, kings, nobility and poets.
Hunting and fighting filled the life of the early Irish, and master and hound alike excelled in both. Of all the animals cherished in Ireland, only the Irish Wolfhound appears as a symbol throughout the land – on every jar of Tullamore Dew Whiskey, on every piece of Belleek porcelain, sixpence coins and even postage stamps feature the Irish Wolfhound. Come by and see these beautiful animals.