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Pony of the Americas

Country of Origin: USA

Pony of the Americas

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The Pony of the Americas is a relatively new western pony breed that comes from the United States. However, their original bloodlines, that of the Appaloosa are very, very old and can be traced back to central Asia.

Pony of the Americas

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First developed in 1954 by a woman named Leslie Boomhower in Iowa who purchased an appaloosa mare and her foal (Black Hand #1) whose sire was a Shetland Pony. She was particularly impressed with the Black Hand’s attributes and he became the foundation for the Pony of the Americas breed. Boomhower set up a nonprofit organization to establish the strain as a breed & create an association.

Breeders have since crossed with a number of breeds including Arabians, Quarter Horses & Shetland & Welsh ponies.

The Pony Club of the Americas has gone on to become one of the most active youth-oriented breed associations in the US and hosts a full equestrian program for kids under 18.


Average height 11.2 – 14 hands


Head is fine with a slightly concave profile
Ears are medium size & pricked
Eyes are large & expressive
Neck is well proportioned and arched
Back is short & straight
Chest is deep & wide
Legs are solid & strong
Hoof is well proportioned & high heeled

Traditional Colors

Appaloosa patterns


Quiet & willing

Pony of the Americas

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Sport pony
Riding pony
Show pony

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