The American Show Pony bridges the gap between Modern American Shetlands and the Hackney pony. An ASPR animal is a gifted mover with pizzazz and a game attitude.
Photo by Terri Washburn
Today’s ASPR pony harkens back to the former Harness Show Pony division offered by ASPC, Inc., starting before the mid-1900s. That bygone harness division offered a place for the following to compete: Shetlands which grew beyond that breed’s height limit, small Hackneys and crosses between Hackneys and Shetlands. With an emphasis on motion and performance and offering competition up to 48”, today’s American Show Pony does much the same. Superb carriage, animated gait and overall brilliance are the hallmarks of today’s American Show Ponies, making them similar to both the Modern Shetland and Hackney pony. In fact, both of those ponies play a role in the ASPR today.