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Welsh Pony and Cob Breed Information

July 21st, 2012

Welsh Section A

Welsh Section A


Welsh Pony and Cob Breed Information

The Welsh pony and cob is very interesting. Not only is it one of Britain’s original native breeds, it also has a stud book that is divided into 4 sections! These four sections are called Section A, B, C, and D, because the different sections are of various heights and physiques.

Welsh Ponies and Cobs are used for a wide range of equestrian disciplines, such as showjumping, cross country, showing, driving, trekking, and pleasure riding.

Native ponies lived in Wales prior to 1600BC, and it is thought that an earlier type of the Welsh existed at the time. Over time, the Welsh has been influenced a lot by Arabian blood, and it is thought that Hackney and Thoroughbred blood may also have played a role.

Section A
The section A , also known as Welsh Mountain Pony is the smallest Welsh type. Average height is about 11-12 hands, not exceeding 12 hands. The faces are small, and dished (from Arab influence), leg conformation is refined, but with good bone and the tail is high set.

Section B
The Section B is taller than the Section A, standing at about 12-13 hands, not exceeding 13.2 hands. This is a popular children’s pony, often involved in pony club activities. There is no minimum height restriction. They are more refined than Section A but without loss of bone.

Section C
Section Cs are more compact and cob like, but they cannot exceed 13.2 hands. They were first produced from a Section A-Section D cross. They compete in jumping and eventing, and in harness.

Section D

Welsh Section D

Welsh Section D


Section D’s must exceed 13.2 hands, but have no upper limit. They are the largest Welsh in the Welsh stud registries. Unlike with other Welsh ponies, Grey colouring is rare. They can be ridden and driven, but are most commonly associated with harness work.

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