Show Pony Standard of Excellence


General Character:

 

That of a miniature ladies hack with pony character. Elegance, refinement, full of quality and presence.
Coat fine in texture, mane and tail hair fine, straight and silky, with limbs devoid of any feathering or coarseness.
Animal free from any hereditary defects or unsoundness.

Colour:
 
Straight colour preferred.
Height:
 
Not to exceed 14.2 hands.

Head:

 

In proportion to body, not over-large, preferably slightly dished with flat forehead.
Tapering to a fine muzzle with large open nostril. Jawbone clean and finely cut, free from coarseness and open under the throat which should join the neck with a free flowing curve.
Eyes intelligent, bold and dark in colour, large and set well to the sides of the head.
Ears in proportion, well shaped and always carried alertly. Large, thick ears objectionable.

Neck:

 

Extremely lengthy, graceful, supple and well carried with no sign of coarseness flowing in a convex upward curve.
Definitely not ewe necked or over-crested. Slight cresting may be expected in stallions but over-cresting is objectionable in both sexes.
The head is set on the neck with a natural turn at the poll, giving the appearance of reach and scope to enhance the whole front of the pony.

Shoulders:

 

Long and sloping well back to a definite wither. Not over muscular.

Forelegs:  

Set square and true and not too wide apart nor too close. Hard, flat, refined bone. They must not be over, back or off-set in the knees. Pasterns inclined to be lengthy with a definite slope. Feet well shaped.

Back and Loins:

 

Short and well coupled. Wide, flat backs to be avoided.

 

Girth:

 

Deep.

Ribs:

 

Well sprung.

Hind Quarters:

 

Lengthy, deep and rounded. Not cobby, ragged or goose-rumped.
Tail well set on and carried straight, not jammed nor too gaily carried. Hind quarters giving an overall impression of correctness and great impulsion.

 

Movement:

 

Stride long, straight and light, covering a lot of ground. Movement originating in hind quarters with well flexed hocks.
The forehand moving straight from the shoulder, low to the ground with extravagance.
High knee action most undesirable.

 

 

Note:

 

The Riding Pony is a ridden pony of quality and elegance  and when shown must always be plaited.