hope im in the correct part of the forums for this question my daughter as a welsh section d we bought him thinking he was 14.2 hands but we have measured him and he coming in at 14 hands my daughter is 15 16 in october and we have been told when she hits 16 she wont be able to show with him she is a bit upset as we only have had him a few month and she is getting him ready for the shows ive tried to find out info i did find a website what said it went off weight upto 14.2 hands was 12st 7lb but i dont know if this is true any help or advice would be great as we are pretty new too the showing she wants to do showing equtation and stuff like working hunters mand m and a bit of show jumping if possible
if anybody knows the restrictions and rules i would really appriciate it
Firstly, I've never showed specifically Welsh Ds, but I've showed M&M at lower level and Highland ponies and Hunters up to the Royal Highland so have a bit of showing experience, and I've never heard of breed showing being limited by age. There are separate age classes, and she won't be able to show in young rider classes at 16, but since full-grown adults often show Eriskay ponies at 13.1-13.3hh, it would really surprise me if she was told she couldn't show a Welsh Cob at 16 years old.
Welsh B types and smaller, finer horses are often weight-restricted, and even hunter classes have weight restrictions, but age shouldn't be a factor for breed classes. Large M&M types such as Welsh C and D, Highland, Connemara, Dales, Fell and New Forest are more usually ridden by adults and older teenagers as they are actually more often than not too strong from children and young teenagers, particularly well-bred lines. These types of horses aren't tall, but they are designed to weight-bear. I have been in plenty of M&M classes myself since age 16, and my sister was competing in M&M with her last pony, a Connemara, and at 15 was the youngest rider in her class by at least ten years!
Basically, look at the restrictions on the classes you are looking at: if they ask for age limits, they are probably judging the rider rather than the horse.
The difference is in working hunter pony classes - there are age restrictions associated with pony heights, and these link with fence heights. Pure show jumping won't be a problem, her age or the pony or rider's experience levels are the only criteria for classes, but working hunter pony at anything other than very low, riding club level will be limited by age for ponies. Equitation, again, the classes will be by rider age, not by pony type, and no restriction on pairings.
In short, possibly have issues with working hunter pony, but look at individual class requirements, and everything else should not be a problem.