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The Evolution and Legacy of Canadian Welsh Pony Breeders

For decades, Canadian Welsh Pony breeders have been responsible for producing some of the best ponies for the North American market; many have introduced outside breeds to produce crossbreds that excel in the pony hunter rings without watering down the essence of the Welsh breed. Performance vs. Type To meet the needs of riders and trainers who want hunter ponies that resemble mini-Warmbloods, are extremely trainable, and have a quiet disposition, breeders often introduce British Riding Pony, German Riding Pony, Warmblood, or even Thoroughbred blood into their programs. Tracy Dopko of Daventry Equestrian in Darwell, AB, stands several WPCSC (Welsh Pony & Cob Society of Canada) national champion Welsh stallions and breeds both traditional Welsh and crossbred ponies for the hunter ring. She acknowledges the important distinction - and also the widening gap - between the characteristics of traditional Welsh ponies and the desired traits of performance hunter ponies. “If…

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