Newfoundland Pony Characteristics
The Newfoundland Pony Society's breed standard describes the pony as 11 to 14.2 hands high, with a dark mane, tail, and lower legs. Newfoundland Ponies are commonly brown, though other colors occur. They have a small head with short, hairy ears, fling-hard hooves, and low-set tails. To help preserve the Newfoundland Pony, the Canadian House of Assembly of Newfoundland passed the Heritage Animals Act in 1996. This act is designed to recognize breeds of animals that are considered unique to Newfoundland and to protect them as living symbols of Newfoundland's history. Today, 500 Newfoundland Ponies are registered with the Newfoundland Pony Society, and the breed is becoming valued as a pleasure riding and driving pony.
The Canadian Warmblood
The Canadian Warmblood is not a breed but rather a horse of conventional Warmblood breeding that is registered in Canada.
Warmbloods of Canadian residences are recognized by an organization called the Canadian Warmblood Horse Breeders Association. The CWHBA recognizes 15 Warmblood breeds, including the Dutch Warmblood, Hanoverian, Oldenburg and Westfalen. To be eligible for CWHBA registration, a horse of one of the 15 Warmblood breeds must meet certain CWHBA requirements.
The CWHBA requires that a number of criteria be met, depending on the gender of the horse and the category of registration.
The goal of the CWHBA is to encourage Canadian production of well-bred Warmblood that are correct in conformation, can perform well, and are suitable for the Olympic disciplines.
For more information about Canadian Warm bloods, email www.canadianwarmbloods.com.