Welsh Pony A & B

Standard of Excellence

Welsh Mountain Pony - Section A

General:  Hardy, spirited and pony-like
   
Height: Not exceeding 12 hands high
 
Colour: Any colour except piebald and skewbald
 
Head: Small, clean cut, well set on and tapering to the muzzle. Eyes bold. Ears well placed, small and pointed, well up on the head, proportionately close. Nostrils prominent and open. Jaws and Throat clean and finely cut, with ample room at the angle of the jaw. Neck lengthy, well carried and moderately lean in the case of mares, but inclined to be cresty in the case of matured stallions.
 
Body: Shoulders long and sloping well back. Withers moderately fine, but not “knifey”. The humerus upright so that the foreleg is not set in under the body. Back and loins should be muscular, strong and well coupled. Deep girth and well sprung ribs Tail well set on and carried gaily.

Hind Quarters:
Lengthy and fine. Not cobby, ragged or goose­rumped.
 
Limbs: Forelegs: Set square and true, and not tied in at the elbows. Long, strong forearm, well developed knee, short flat bone below knee, pasterns of proportionate slope and length.

Hind Legs: Hocks to be large, flat and clean with points prominent, to turn neither inwards nor outwards. The hind leg not to be too bent. The hock not to be set behind a line from the point of the quarter to the fetlock joint. Pasterns of proportionate slope and length.

Hooves: Feet well-shaped, hooves dense.
 
Action: Quick, free and straight from the shoulder, well away in front. Hocks well flexed with straight and powerful leverage and well under the body.
 
Show Presentation: To trim the ears, they should be held together and any long hairs that protrude must be trimmed off. The hairs inside of the ear are the only protection a pony has against flies, rain and cold and therefore should be left alone. The hairs under the jaw should be trimmed, but to give as natural a line as possible. The main and tail should be left to look as natural as possible. One long thin plait is usually put at the top of the mane, the reason being to show off the line of the throat. All Mountain Ponies should have some silky feather at the back of the fetlock.

 

Welsh Mountain Pony - section B

General: The general description of ponies in Section ‘A’ of the Stud Book is applicable to those in Section ‘B’, but more particularly the Section ‘B’ pony shall be described as a riding pony, with quality, riding action, adequate bone and substance, hardiness and constitution with pony character.
 
Height: Not exceeding 13.2 hands high
 
Show Presentation: It is a recognised ruling that when exhibited as a representative of the breed, Welsh Ponies – Section B, must be shown unplaited, bringing them into line with the Welsh Sections A, C and D.