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British Riding Pony

Country of Origin: England

British Riding Pony

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The riding pony itself was developed in the U.K. and the term covers a variety of different show ponies. They are divided into classes based on height and type.


Breeding of a good riding and sporting pony began in earnest in the 1920’s and started by crossing Welsh and Dartmoor ponies with the blood of small Thoroughbred and Arabian animals.

In the mid 20th century more Arabian blood was introduced in the hopes of further refining the ponies and adding stamina.

There are three types
The Show Pony – Resemble a smaller show horse with pony features and they are shown in three height sections
The Show Hunter – Tend to have more substance than the show pony, built for more eventing needs
The Working Hunter – The largest and most robust of the three types


Average height 12.2 – 14.2 hands


Head shows quality and intelligence
Neck is long and well-formed
Back is medium in length and straight
Chest is deep and wide
Legs are hard with clean joints
Hooves are sound and hard

Traditional Colors

All colors except pinto


Well suited for the show ring, easy to teach and willing to work


Show ponies
Pleasure ponies
Polo ponies
Sport ponies

Helpful Links

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National Pony Society
National Pony Society – Scotland

Where to Buy

Fox Haven Ponies
British Riding Pony

British Riding Pony Studs

Deanhills Stud
Small Land Pony Stud
Morton Stables
Arnaby Farm


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Country of Origin: England | Colors:
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