Breeding Connemaras Since 1982

History of Big Bear Farm


Our family moved to Big Bear Farm in 1982 and began to breeding, training, and producing quality  Connemara and Connemara Crosses. Through the years we have had some amazing stallions. Leigh Ellen Ertle rode two stallions to win the Golden Shamrock Award, among other awards. Look at our stallion page for more information on the stallions that have stood at Big Bear through the years, As well as our stallion Shammer Eagle who is currently standing at stud. For almost 40 year our family has been breeding Connemaras we are still setting the bar high as we continue to breed for disposition, type and talent. At this time the third generation of Big Bear Farm Breeders is beginning to take over. Ellen Elizabeth, John and Josh Ertle have their own mares and are learning about breeding and the wonderful Connemara breed.

Camus John's Gladiator, *Kill-Dara Swift Jonathan, Big Bear's Camus, Big Bear's John Boy, Big Bear's Blue Royal, Big Bear's Fergus, *Canal Clancy, Big Bear's Omega,  Ballinaboy Eamonn (Owned by Maureen Loughman Able)


Big Bear is well known for their Connemaras. We breed for disposition first. Connemaras and crosses have proven themselves as performance horses with several competing through Grand Prix Dressage, Preliem Eventing, Hunters, and Jumpers. 

Enoch Ministries at Big Bear Farm


Enoch Ministries is a 501c3 nonprofit counseling program that uses our horses in sessions to help individuals, residents of group homes, military and their families who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, communication as well as a variety of other mental health concerns.  Click the link below to watch the informative video of Enoch Ministries.


Facebook                Pinterest                   YouTube               


© Big Bear Farm | 706-881-0157 |

1055 Butts Mill Rd , Pine Mountain, GA 31822-9430

Enoch Ministries is hosting Retreats for Veterans and spouses at Sunset Lodge here at Big Bear Farm

Enoch Ministries Colaberates with other professionals in the community to provide retreats for veterans and their spouses to help them through PTSD, communication and relational areas of concern that they are contending with.

For more information about the retreats or continued Ed opportunities click the tab for Sunset Lodge above.