Welsh pony breed standards

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    03-12-2007, 08:40 AM
Welsh pony breed standards

Kristy had asked on another post what the diffrence between the welsh sections were, so I thought I'd put up the stud books breed standards.... hopefully that will help if anyone else was interested...

Section A (the welsh mountain pony)


The head of the Mountain Pony should be small, with neat pointed ears, big bold eyes and a wide forehead. The jaw should be clean cut, tapering to a small muzzle; the silhouette may be concave or 'dished' but never convex or too straight. The neck should be of good length and well carried with shoulders sloping back to a clearly defined wither. The limbs must be set square with good flat bone and round dense hooves. The tail set high and gaily carried.

Action must be quick, free and straight from the shoulder, knees and hocks well flexed with straight and powerful leverage well under the body.

The height should not exceed 12 h.h. (121.9 cms).

Sec B (the welsh pony)


The general description of the Welsh Mountain Pony can be applied to the Welsh Pony, with greater emphasis being placed on riding pony qualities whilst retaining the true Welsh quality with substance.

For generations these ponies were the hill farmers' main means of transport, herding sheep and wild ponies over rough and mountainous country. They had to be hardy, balanced and fast to survive, which ensured that only the best were bred from. These qualities, combined with a natural jumping ability, and the temperament of their Welsh Mountain Pony forebears make the Welsh Pony second to none in whatever field his young rider may choose. Today they hold their own among our top class riding ponies both in performance competitions and in the show ring.

The height should not exceed 13.2 h.h. (137.2 cms).

Section c (the welsh pony of cob type)


The Welsh Pony of Cob Type, Section C, is the stronger counterpart of the Welsh Pony, but with Cob blood.

Their true worth as a dual purpose animal has been fully realised in recent years, and their numbers have increased accordingly.

Active, surefooted and hardy, they are ideal for so many purposes both for adults and children.

Like all the Welsh Breeds they are natural jumpers and they also excel in harness — there are in fact few things that they cannot be used for.

The height should not exceed 13.2 h.h. (137.2 cms).

Section D (the welsh cob)


Aptly described as "the best ride and drive animal in the World", the Welsh Cob has been evolved throughout many centuries for his courage, tractability and powers of endurance.

The general character is the embodiment of strength, hardiness and agility. The head shows great quality with Pony character: bold prominent eyes, a broad forehead and neat, well set ears. The body must be deep, on strong limbs with good "hard wearing" joints and an abundance of flat bone. Action must be straight, free and forceful, the knees should be bent and then the whole foreleg extended from the shoulders as far as possible in all paces, with the hocks well flexed, producing powerful leverage.

The Welsh Cob is a good hunter and a most competent performer in all competitive sports. In recent years they have had great success in the international driving world. Their abilities in all spheres are now fully recognised throughout the world.

The height should exceed 13.2 h.h. (137 cms): no upper limit.

If anyone wants to read the detailed description of the sections then go to...


Hope that's helpful to anyone who was interested!
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    03-12-2007, 03:45 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for doing this Banana. I was in a hurry this morning so didn't have time to explain the difference to Kristy. 8) I adore welsh ponies, always had one or a cross.
    03-12-2007, 04:24 PM
Thankyou for this.. I have always been to lazy to search for the answer myself.
    03-12-2007, 06:06 PM
Oh, thank you! I had no idea things were classified this way. It's really interesting. I think I like section b a lot, but the qualifications a d must have are nice as well. Either way, they are all lovely and I appreciate this!

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