Dales Pony Society of America

Breed Standard


Breed Standard

1996 stallion  Colliery Alick  at his first show, in California (2005)

1996 stallion Colliery Alick at his first show, in California (2005)

General: A strong, kind, active pony, full of quality and spirit.
Head: Neat, pony-like, and broad between the eyes, which should be bright and alert. Small and slightly incurving pony ears and a long forelock.
Neck: Strong and of ample length and stallions should display a well-arched crest. Throat and jaws are clean-cut and mane is long, flowing and luxurious.
Shoulders: Well-laid, long, and sloping with well-developed muscling. Withers are not too fine.
Body: Short coupled and deep through the chest with well sprung ribs.
Hindquarters: Deep, lengthy and powerful; second thighs well-developed and very muscular. Tail well set, not too high, with plenty of long luxurious hair reaching the ground.
Hocks: Broad, flat and clean; well let down with plenty of dense, flat bone below.
Forearms: Set square, short and very muscular with broad, well-developed knees.
Feet and Legs: Excellent feet and legs, with flexible joints, showing quality with no coarseness. The canons should display 8"-9" of flat flinty bone and well-defined tendons. Pasterns should be nicely sloping and of good length with ample silky feathers. Feet are large and round and open at the heels with well-developed frogs.
Preferred Height: 14.0 hh - 14.2 hh
Colors: Black, brown, gray, bay, red roan, blue roan. White markings only as a star, snip and to fetlocks of hind legs only.
Movement: Clean, straight, and true. Moves going forward on "all fours" with tremendous energy. The knee is lifted and the hind legs flexed well under the body for powerful drive.
Character: Alert, courageous, intelligent and kind.
2012 mare  Sowermire Carol  at the Mounted Trooper Training going through fire.

2012 mare Sowermire Carol at the Mounted Trooper Training going through fire.