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Although created in 1976, the Danish Sport Pony started to really take off only in the year 2003, following the first-ever championship for Danish Sport Ponies. Today, this breed is still being developed, with some ponies bred specifically toward jumping and others toward dressage.
Danish Sport Ponies serves as a sport pony for children who want to compete in dressage, show-jumping, and eventing, as well as for adults who enjoy driving.
The studbook of the Danish Sport Pony is a relatively closed one, accepting only a handful of other pony breeds. In Horse Isle, their studbook is even smaller, because we included only breeds that will not bluntly break the Danish Sport Pony's conformation standard (e.g. breeds that have feathering.)
Danish Riding Ponies have a light head with large eyes, a long neck that is well-set and well-muscled, prominent withers, a long and slightly sloping croup, and long legs. The mane is long or medium in length, but the tail grows long.
In Horse Isle, Danish Riding Ponies have a similar conformation to the Danish Warmblood, with the only differences between the two being the pony's shorter height and pony-like head.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Danish Riding Ponies in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 14.2-16.5, 15.3 (0.5), 0.09.
Sprint: 45-61, 53 (4), 0.71.
Accel: 1.06-1.22, 1.15 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 1.04-1.18, 1.12 (0.03), 0.01.
Jump: 5.46-5.67, 5.59 (0.04), 0.01.
Pull: 1.56-2.24, 1.88 (0.17), 0.03.
Turning: 57.50-70.35, 64.09 (2.77), 0.54.
Reverse: 2.5-3.2, 2.8 (0.1), 0.03.
Stamina: 44.37-49.74, 47.46 (1.10), 0.22.
Reaction: 0.75-0.86, 0.81 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: bay, black, brown, chestnut, grey, cream-dilutes, and more rarely, dun.
The color of dominant-black doesn't occur naturally in this breed but can be bred into it.
Additionals: flaxen, linebacked, rabicano, roan, sooty, dark mane & tail. The coat is usually solid but can also come in sabino where the sabino doesn't exceed far beyond their stomach.
Markings & blue eyes: breeding horses with blue eyes is discouraged in the Danish Riding Pony. In Horse Isle, we allow double-cream dilutes as they are accepted for registration, but we penalize ponies who have blazes/sabino facial markings that turn their eyes blue (they are still accepted for registration if their conformation is fine enough, though.)
Height: 12hh* to 14.2hh.
* the breed standard for Danish Riding Ponies set only a maximum height of 14.2hh, but no minimum height. In Horse Isle, we set the minimum height to 12hh to ensure that all Danish Riding Ponies are rideable (ponies shorter than 12hh are non-rideable in Horse Isle.)
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