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History of the
NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry

The NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry (NASPR) began as a division of the American Warmblood Registry (AWR), which was founded in 1981 to offer Warmblood owners on the North American continent a proactive registry based on the time-tested procedures of its European counterparts.

In 1997 the AWR opened its registry to sportponies as a result of the need for similar standards and procedures to be put in place in North America, as it was in all sportpony breeding countries. The concept of NorthAmerican Sportponies was growing in popularity here in the US, but there was not a registry in place to provide the necessary structure for their continued improvement and promotion. The NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry was launched as a way to meet that need.

Since 1997 the number and quality of sportponies being produced in North America has skyrocketed, and the NASPR has been there to help document, grade and promote those ponies. The NASPR has also played a vital role in providing incentives Programs and sponsored classes to help them be seen and acknowledged in the equestrian community.

As a direct result of these efforts, the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry has grown to such a degree that it was officially launched as a separate entity from its American Warmblood parentage in 2003.

Join the fun and become a member of our growing organization and community of NorthAmerican Sportpony owners!

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What is a NorthAmerican Sportpony?

A NorthAmerican Sportpony is a pony in the general range of 13.2-14.2 h that looks and moves like a small horse, capable of competing in the Olympic disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing, as well as in Driving. It is not your traditional Thellwell type of pony, but rather is much more athletic and horse-like in appearance and ability.

The term “NorthAmerican Sportpony” is considered a type, not a particular breed of pony (with the exception of ponies of Draft blood being excluded) and therefore we find sportponies made up of everything from Welsh to New Forest to Thoroughbred bloodlines.

Movement is paramount to the quality NorthAmerican Sportpony, and that movement should have great suspension, articulation, impulsion and elasticity. The type does not strive for the traditional “daisy-cutter,” flat-kneed movement that is so popular in the hunter ring today, but it is not excluded as a factor within the NorthAmerican Sportpony Registry. Therefore, the “hunter type” of pony, especially one which excels in jumping and has the conformation and “look” the type strives for, can be considered a NorthAmerican Sportpony.

All ponies accepted into the Registry must undergo an inspection and be DNA-typed. It is in this way that pedigrees can be documented from this point forward, even with breeding stock that is currently of unknown parentage. Stallions accepted into the Registry undergo additional performance and progeny requirements.

Height

138 - 148 cm (13.2 - 14.2) NorthAmerican Sport Ponies being inspected as breeding stock may fall outside this ideal range.

Colors

All

Conformation:

Head

Small and regal with defined jaws (no puffiness), a clean throatlatch, kind eyes, nostrils that are large and wide and small ears.

Neck

Long, wide and well set on, narrowing towards the poll.

Body

Refinement obvious more so than in any other pony breed with emphasis toward an athletic riding type. Exhibits a longer neck, higher and more pronounced withers, a longer croup that is slightly sloping with a tail set at medium height and slender through the girth.

Limbs

Dry limbs with flat knees, correct alignment, dense and medium sized hooves.

Movement

Regular and correct cadence with a large stride. Even, energetic and elastic rhythm. No exaggerated knee action. Exhibits significant impulsion from the hindquarters.

Special Hallmarks

An easy keeper, good natured ready and willing to go, courageous and intelligent.

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