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not your grandfather’s shetland By Carin Ponder

talking about a Shetland pony, they immediately conjure up imagines of the black and white photos of the past with their grandparents or parents astride a cute fuzzy pony decked out in the era’s parade saddles complete with straw cowboy hats. They may even recall a family owned ornery little pony that enjoyed scraping kids off low tree branch- es and occasionally nipping at a small child. It’s no wonder that the word “Shetland” also means mean, ornery, and stubborn to many horse people. Allow your minds to open to the possibility that all those years of misrepre-

When anyone starts

challenge for some as they never forget and can easily bluff even the most experienced horseper- son into thinking their way! But with this great intelligence come engaging personalities that make them a family favorite and a breed everyone in the family can enjoy.

Pony can stand up to 46” at the wither and are a refined version of their Scottish ancestors. His- torically, they pulled ore coats in coal mines and this sturdy little pony now makes a wonderful first starter pony for children. The Classic pony is further subdivided into the Foundation division

The Classic Shetland


land Pony Club also recognizes and promotes American Shetland crosses with the American Show Pony and the National Show Pony. The American Show Pony is an up to 48” tall at the withers version of the Modern Shetland. They are allowed to be of Shet- land or Hackney breeding, or a combination of the two. These ponies are extremely exciting to watch in harness classes! The National Show Pony is the newest small equine. They are required to have one purebred American Shetland or American Miniature parent and can be up to a full 14.2 hands at the wither. Currently, hunter, western, and driving classes are being de- veloped for ASPC sanctioned shows.

with these ponies? The ASPC holds sanctioned shows all over the country from January to November! These shows have

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further subdivided into Modern Pleasure division which is still an animated pony with less action but still exciting to watch. The American Shet-

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Above: Classic Shetland Pony Stallion, Right: Foundation Classic Shetland Pony Mare, both owned by Carin Ponder

Pony Club was formed in 1888 (the Jockey Club was formed in 1894) and recognizes two primary distinct types of the AMERI- CAN Shetland Pony, the Classic Shetland Pony and the Modern Shetland Pony. The Shetland Pony was originally imported from the Shetland Isles over 120 years ago and with selective breeding the American Shetland pony was born! The American Shetland Pony is an athletic, intel-

sentation could be wrong! The American Shetland

which is a show di- vision for Founda - tion sealed ponies standing at 42” and under at the wither. Clas- sics are exceptionally well suited for current show classes such as halter, liberty, in hand obstacle, in hand jumping, in hand hunter, as well as several different types of driving classes. The Modern Shetland

“Hank” has a unique blend of characteristics: disposition, conformation, pedigree, athletic ability, color and cow of all he passes these characteristics to his offspring. We’ve had youngsters ride Hank - he’s our guest horse for novice riders. He has produced $$ winners, PRCA calf horses, as well as a top 10 finalist in the National High School Finals Rodeo in barrels and finalist in Barrelmania. He’ll cover, be collected or will pasture breed. $5,000

Above: Scarlett, sired by Hank placed top 10 at National High School Rodeo Association Finals

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Pony can also stand up to 46” at the withers and is a more

separate classes for each divi- sion and many subdivided class divisions so everyone can show. Shows are extremely affordable for the middle income family and a family atmosphere is highly en- couraged. Many of our Shetland family breeders have been show- ing these ponies for 4 generations or more! You won’t find a more welcoming group of horsemen in the industry. The American Shetland pony is also making their mark in other sanctioned show events with the Pinto Horse Association, USEF competitions, and CDE competitions. The AMERICAN

Shetland pony and the American Shetland Pony Club proving that there is an American Shetland for all of us to enjoy and love!

Above: Modern Shetland Pony Stallion, Right Modern Pleasure Shetland Shetland Pony Stallion, both owned by Excaliber Training

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Above: American Show Pony Stallion owned by Susan Burrows. $ight: National Show Pony Stal- lion owned by Tina Ferro.

ligent, hardy pony with excellent hooves and a tendency to be of great soundness and health. Their intelligence can make them a

animated Shetland with Hackney pony influence. Their extreme action and spirited personalities make them a crowd pleaser in liberty, roadster, fine harness, and pleasure driving classes. They are

For more information on the American Shetland Pony, please contact Carin Ponder 936-443- 0566 or visit www.ponderin- and www. for more information.

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