Section B, known simply as the Welsh Pony, is currently the US’s most popular Section, according to the number of animals bred and registered in recent years. The Section B’s have no lower height limit and in the US are allowed to be up to 14.2 hands, though in Great Britain, the mother society restricts them to a height limit of 13.2 hands, feeling that the larger ponies lose some breed type as their size increases. The B’s are the “youngest” of the 4 Sections of Welsh, having only come into being, as we know them now, through the use of small Arabians and Thoroughbreds on the native Section A Welsh Mountain Pony mares in the early years of Section development. Those “non Welsh” stallions are now very far back in most pedigrees, but were used to increase the height and add more “riding type” attributes. The Section B excels under saddle, for both child and adult riders, and also shine in driving as well. They are extremely versatile, successfully competing in English, Western and in harness. They are the Section specifically bred to be children’s mounts, however, they are big enough for many adults to enjoy. One need only look at the list of leading Hunter Pony sires to see the large influence that the Welsh have had on the hunter scene. In the top 100 2013 leading Pony Hunter sires, 91% of the sires are purebred or partbred Welsh, the majority being Sections A and B, or their partbreds.
The Paisley Pony
Imported Section B Welsh Pony gelding, *Bronheulog Armani, showing as “Armani”. Winning many hunter pony championships, including Reserve Champion Small Pony Hunter at Pony Finals 2013. Owned by Madeline Schaefer.
Section B Welsh Pony mare. Clanffair Martina LOM, winner of many Supreme championships. Owned by Family Partners Welsh Ponies
Section B Welsh stallion Carolinas Red Fox Owned by Lands End Farm 1985-2005
Published on May 6, 2014