The British Riding Pony
The British Riding Pony is made up by crossing the Thoroughbred with Arab and a native breed. You will find that every RP has a prominent amount of Thoroughbred in its pedigree. The main native breeds that are found are Welsh Section A and Welsh Section B ponies. Arab also features but not as much.
There are various Showing classes for Riding Ponies, both Ridden and Inhand.
In Hand Showing
In hand showing is the shop window for future stars. There are a variety of inhand classes mainly youngstock, broodmare and some stallion classes. All ponies should be clean, trimmed (see NPS for breed standards regarding M&Ms). Their mane should be plaited and the tail pulled.
Ridden Show Pony Classes are divided into six height sections:
not to exceed 122cm - rider not to have attained their 7th birthday before
1st January in the current year (rule currently under revision 2008)
The walk is the first thing the judge sees - it must be forward going with a long elegant stride. The trot should be free moving and easy on the eye. Many people make the mistake of trying to influence the action with to much use of the bit. This in turn can lead to a number of problems; the major one being the pony becomes reluctant to go forward into his bridle and his action gets stilted, he starts to go up and down, hollowing his back and losing the beautiful elegant rounded shape.
The most influential stallion must surely be Bwlch Valentino, the grey 14.1 son of Valentine born in 1950. No one could of imangined that this stallion would have had such an impact on the RP.
Some of his
progeny that went on to stand at stud were:
Who in turn
sired amongst others:
The most noted stallion perhaps of our time is Sandbourne Royal Ensign who at the grand age of 27 now stands at stud in Austrilia.
pony also plays a big part in the breed, some of the ponies that have
played an important part are:
Our riding pony in one of the most beautiful creatures in the world and we must strive to continue the tradition by careful breeding, producing and care. If you are considering breeding, look carefully into the bloodlines and at your ponies good and bad points, being careful to select the stallion most suited to complement your pony and correct her bad points. Breeding may seem like fun BUT luck does not play more than a tiny part in the process.
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