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[ INDEX ] Equine Type: Horse Breed: German Riding Pony (GRP)   [ PREV ] [ NEXT ]
German Riding Pony Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat (left view)
Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat (left view)
German Riding Pony Brown Buckskin Gulastra Plume Coat (normal view)
Brown Buckskin Gulastra Plume Coat (normal view)

German Riding Pony Perlino Coat (front view)
Perlino Coat (front view)
German Riding Pony Coal Black Coat (right view)
Coal Black Coat (right view)

The German Riding Pony (Deutsches Reitpony) is a sport pony breed, famous for its athleticism, that makes a good pony for show-jumping and dressage. In Germany, it also serves in the conservation efforts of the rare Arenberg-Nordkirchen.

British x German origins:
Back in the 1960s, recreational riding started to take off and Olympic disciplines gained more attention than ever. In Germany, a need arose for superb sport ponies for young German riders who wanted to try their hand at the disciplines of dressage and show-jumping.

The breeding efforts for such a pony soon began by crossing British pony breeds such as Shetland, Connemara, New Forest, and Welsh B ponies with small Arabians, Thoroughbreds, and Anglo-Arabians, as well as with different sport warmbloods, such as Hanoverians, Holsteiners, and Trakehners.

In addition to those well-known breeds, there was another, more obscure, German breed used in the breeding program: the rare Arenberg-Nordkirchen.

A word about the Arenberg-Nordkirchen:
Even before the 1960s, Germany already had a native sport pony: the Arenberg-Nordkirchen, who descended from Dulem ponies that roamed in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. It was bred by the Duke of Arenberg in Nordkirchen Castle.

Although it was an athletic pony with a natural aptitude for jumping, it never became widespread due to its small-scale breeding program that generated only a couple dozen ponies. Still, these Arenberg-Nordkirchen ponies were valued for their athleticism, and despite being rare they still served as breeding stock for German Riding Ponies, a fact that is unfortunately often omitted from sources detailing the origins of the latter.

The German Riding Pony - famous but young:
Due to the omission, the German Riding Pony seems like the first native sport pony Germany ever had, but it's incorrect. The German Riding Pony might be the most famous and widespread sport pony in Germany, but the first sport pony to be created in Germany was the Arenberg-Nordkirchen.

The German Sport Pony today:
Today, German Riding Ponies have more value than one might think.

Above all, they make excellent sport ponies, hence why German Sport Ponies are bred not only in Germany but also in other European countries as well as in the USA and Australia. They serve as mounts for both children and light adults who wish to compete in show-jumping, dressage, and eventing.

In addition, in Germany, GRPs whose lineage traces directly back to their Arenberg-Nordkirchen ancestors are sought after by the GEH (a German society for the conservation of old and endangered German breeds,) as these ponies are an asset in the current breeding program for Arenberg-Nordkirchens (see 'Arenberg-Nordkirchen'.)

Conformation:
While the German Riding Pony is called a "pony," its conformation is more similar to that of a small horse, with only the head sometimes having a "pony" like appearance.

The head is small and light, having a straight profile, large eyes, and small ears. The neck is long and tapers toward the head. The withers are prominent, the croup is long, and the legs are slender.

The hair of the mane and tail is thin, but while the mane grows short or medium in length the tail can grow long. The legs are clear from feathering.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered German Riding Ponies in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 15.3-16.2, 15.7 (0.2), 0.05.
Sprint: 40-52, 47 (2), 0.46.

Accel: 0.91-1.03, 0.97 (0.03), 0.01.
Decel: 0.90-1.02, 0.96 (0.03), 0.01.

Jump: 5.27-5.51, 5.39 (0.05), 0.01.
Pull: 1.56-2.09, 1.79 (0.09), 0.02.

Turning: 46.77-58.70, 52.93 (2.75), 0.54.
Reverse: 2.4-3.0, 2.7 (0.1), 0.03.

Stamina: 46.81-50.70, 48.60 (0.81), 0.16.
Reaction: 0.71-0.79, 0.75 (0.02), 0.00.

Coats & Height:
Colors: bay, black, brown, chestnut, grey, dun, and cream-dilutes.

Additionals: flaxen, linebacked, rabicano, roan, sooty, all rare patterns. The coat is usually solid, but can also come in tobiano, splashed-white, and white-spotted sabino.

Height: 13.2hh to 14.2hh.
German Riding Pony Black Coat
Black Coat
German Riding Pony Coal Black Coat
Coal Black Coat
German Riding Pony Ebony Black Gulastra Plume Coat
Ebony Black Gulastra Plume Coat
German Riding Pony Black Tobiano Coat
Black Tobiano Coat
German Riding Pony Sooty Seal Brown Coat
Sooty Seal Brown Coat
German Riding Pony Burgundy Seal Brown Coat
Burgundy Seal Brown Coat
German Riding Pony Seal Brown Coat
Seal Brown Coat
German Riding Pony Brown Coat
Brown Coat
German Riding Pony Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat
Sooty Chocolate Brown Coat
German Riding Pony Chocolate Brown Coat
Chocolate Brown Coat
German Riding Pony Chocolate Purple Roan Coat
Chocolate Purple Roan Coat
German Riding Pony Red Bay Coat
Red Bay Coat
German Riding Pony Wild Bay Coat
Wild Bay Coat
German Riding Pony Red Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Red Chocolate Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Liver Chestnut Coat
Liver Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Dapple Red Chestnut Coat
Dapple Red Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Red Chestnut Coat
Red Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Chocolate Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Chestnut Coat
Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Bright Chocolate Chestnut Coat
Bright Chocolate Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Bright Chestnut Coat
Bright Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Golden Chestnut Coat
Golden Chestnut Coat
German Riding Pony Black Chestnut Sabino Coat
Black Chestnut Sabino Coat
German Riding Pony Red Chestnut Tobiano Coat
Red Chestnut Tobiano Coat
German Riding Pony Strawberry Roan Tobiano Coat
Strawberry Roan Tobiano Coat
German Riding Pony Brown Buckskin Coat
Brown Buckskin Coat
German Riding Pony Buckskin Coat
Buckskin Coat
German Riding Pony Sooty Bright Palomino Coat
Sooty Bright Palomino Coat
German Riding Pony Bright Palomino Coat
Bright Palomino Coat
German Riding Pony Perlino Coat
Perlino Coat
German Riding Pony Cremello Coat
Cremello Coat
German Riding Pony Cremello Tovero Coat
Cremello Tovero Coat
German Riding Pony Grey Coat
Grey Coat
German Riding Pony Grey Coat
Grey Coat
German Riding Pony Grey Tobiano Coat
Grey Tobiano Coat


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