Name of breed: Australian Riding Pony
Country of origin: Australia
Breed origin:This cute little breed was first developed back in the 1970s and was hugely influenced by the British Riding Pony as well as Thoroughbreds and Arabian bloodlines. In 1980 the Australian Riding Pony Stud Book Society was formed and now feature in the major Royal shows across Australia.
Distinguishing features: There is a reason that this breed is called a pony even though they have tall species in their bloodline. They are tiny! Standing at around 12.2 to 14.2 hands high, they are nearly identical versions to elegant hacks, just pint-sized!
The movement of this breed can be described as free-flowing with a lower action than other pony breeds that usually are high stepping. The breed is quite lithe and long legged with a well-defined body and small head. The Australian riding pony also only comes in solid colours such as chestnut, bay and black.
Modern day Australian Riding Pony: The pony is usually used as a child’s show mount or for small adult riders. They can compete in most disciplines including combined driving and gymkhanas, but you will most often seem them in the hacking arena at shows.
Image credit: Webs and Argyl Stud