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The Section C, Welsh Pony of Cob type has a height limit of 13.2 hands, and these ponies are the stronger, larger counterpart to the Section A, but with the addition of Cob blood. The Section C’s are very appealing to both youth and adult riders with their size and body type, which takes up a lot of leg, making them not swiftly outgrown for young riders and suitable for adults. The Section C’s are the smallest in number of animals produced each year in the US, with just 18 foals being registered in 2012. The Section C’s excel in various spheres, but more recently we are seeing an interest in them from the dressage community. They can be a great choice for young riders with their non-intimidating size, but with enough height and body to not be quickly outgrown.

The Paisley Pony

Section C Welsh Pony of Cob Type mare, Talywern Legally Blonde, winner in the breed ring and in dressage with a junior rider. Owned by Wyndsor Welsh.

Imported Section D Welsh Cob stallion, *Nebo Knight Rider, owned by Amy Riley. Photo © Kate Bemis.

The Section D, known as the Welsh Cob, is the largest of the four Sections. They have no upper height limit and must be over 13.2 hands. We see many Cobs over 14.2 hands, which makes them a desirable mount for adult riders. As with the other Sections, they have well sprung ribs, which take up a lot of leg. They are big, powerful movers with plenty of bone and feather, while still retaining the overall “Welsh” look. The Cobs are as versatile as the other Sections, and we are seeing a lot of interest in Cobs as dressage mounts, where they excel – with feathers flying, all the way up the levels. The Cobs and Cob crosses have also seen considerable success in the eventing world, with their bold nature and good jump, as well as success as driving animals nationally and internationally.

March/April 2014  
March/April 2014  

Paisley Pony Magazine