The annual Carneddau Ponies (an unique breed of ponies thanks to DNA testing) roundup 2014 saw over 120 animals being gathered across 27 thousand acres of beautiful mountain landscape above the Conwy Valley and Llanfairfechan areas. The weather gods blessed us with fantastic conditions on Saturday 15th November.
Along with TV Conwy tvconwy.net and Jodo Photography jodophotography.smugmug.com for ground based video and stills. We managed to capture some stunning aerial footage of this spectacle.
Thanks to Gareth Wyn Jones, farmers and volunteers and special thanks to Dean for providing transport up and down the mountain!
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Text from the History of Wales Facebook Page facebook.com/TheHistoryOfWales The original Welsh Mountain Pony is thought to have evolved from the Celtic pony that existed in the British Isles prior to the invasion by the Roman Empire. Bands of ponies roamed in a semi-feral state, climbing mountains, leaping ravines, and running over rough moorland terrain. They developed into a hardy breed due to the harsh climate, limited shelter and sparse food sources. The first reference to them was in the laws of Hywel Dda, written in 930 and further mentions in medieval Welsh literature, refer to their speed, jumping ability and carrying capacity, as they would have been used for farm work and timber extraction. In 1485 the Welsh, riding local animals presumed to be ancestors of the modern Welsh Cob, assisted Henry Tudor in gaining the English throne. The characteristics of the breeds as they are known today are thought to have been established by the late 15th century, after the Crusaders returned to Britain with Arabian stallions from the Middle East, which bred with the local horses. In the 16th century, King Henry VIII, thinking to improve the breeds of horses, particularly war horses, ordered the destruction of all stallions under 15 hands and all mares under 13 hands in the Breed of Horses Act 1535. However, the remoteness of rural Wales and a partial repeal by Queen Elizabeth I in 1566, meant that the Welsh mountain ponies escaped the slaughter. In the 18th century and 19th century, more Arabian blood was added by stallions who were released into the Welsh hills. Before the car was developed, the speediest mode of transportation in Wales was the Welsh Cob and would be used by tradesmen, doctors and other businessmen and when coal mining became important to the economy of Wales, many ponies were harnessed for use in mines, above and below ground. This was also the time when they started to be exported to the United States, with large numbers exported between 1884 and 1910 in particular. Founded in 1901, the Welsh Pony & Cob Society is the largest of Britain's Native Breed Societies and it's museum at Bronaeron, near Felinfach was opened on 19th November 2010