Because Australia has no
indigenous breeds of either horse or pony, the development of their
breeds relied on the importation of breeds from other countries.
The first horses, which arrived at Sydney in 1788 from South Africa
on the ship First Fleet, were the first ones to arrive in Australia.
The increasing importation of the Timor pony breed of Indonesia
followed from 1803 on.
This provided the basis
of the breed, which was then subjected to a large range of sources
through its development. Some of the most notable influences on
the Australian pony were the Welsh Mountain Pony, the Hackney Pony,
Arabian, Thoroughbred, Timor, Shetland, Highland, and the Irish
Connemara. Sir Thomas and Dennington Court, two Exmoor ponies, featured
in the development of the breed, along with a Hungarian stallion
names Bonnie Charlie during the mid 1800's.
Today's Australian pony
clearly shows how early breeders concentrated on using native British
stock as well as maintaining the quality of the Arabian. The influence
of the Welsh Mountain Pony is very evident, and the Welsh Mountain
Pony Dyoll Greylight is generally considered to be founding sire
of the breed. Dyoll Greylight came to Australia in 1911 and passed
on his incredible beauty and conformation to his offspring. Formed
in 1931, The Australian Pony Stud Book now registers over 27,000
The Australian Pony makes
a good children's pony, considered to be first class with quality,
presence, and ability. They usually have excellent conformation
and a good legth of stride. They excel in all areas of riding, including
dressage, pony club, gymkhana, mounted games, English and Western
They have wonderful temperaments and are ideal for children and
small adults, experienced riders and novices alike.
In appearance they exhibits
a quality pony head and large, kind eyes. The neck should be well
set and arched, with well formed sloping shoulders and a short straight
back. This breed tends to have short legs, with strong and dense
cannon bones. They are mostly well put together. Australian ponies
in color, although any color is allowed apart from
They usually stand anywhere between 12 hh and 14 hh.
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