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Welsh Ponies and Cobs

Some background information on these wonderful ponies and cobs.....

The Welsh Mountain Pony (Section A)

Was bred in the harsh conditions of the Welsh mountains and resulted in a child's pony that was both beautiful, intelligent and sure footed. They can be up to 12hh. We currently have several welsh mountain pony mares and one colt at Taraco Stud - please visit the Section As page for more details and photographs.

The Welsh Pony (Section B)

Was for many years the hill farmers' means of transport and were used to herd sheep and wild ponies over rough and mountainous country. They have therefore evolved as a quality riding pony with substance and are frequently seen as top class riding ponies in competitions and in the show ring. They can be up to 13.2hh. It was a section B mare, Farchynys Crystal, that was to rekindle my childhood passion for the welsh breeds. Cleo is still with us now and is a fantastic example of a section B pony.

The Welsh Pony (of Cob Type) (Section C)

The WPCS describes the Welsh Pony of Cob Type as "the stronger counterpart of the Welsh Pony, but with Cob blood." They make excellent riding ponies for adults and children alike, and also excel in harness. They can be up to 13.2hh. We currently have just one homebred section C at Taraco Stud - a fantastic family friend and all-round pony. Please visit the sales page for further details and pictures.

The Welsh Cob (Section D)

Is the largest of the welsh ponies and cobs and has no upper height limit. They are superb all-round ponies and have excelled in fields as varied as dressage and driving.

The Welsh Pony and Cob Society describes the Welsh Cob as follows:

"Aptly described as "the best ride and drive animal in the World", the Welsh Cob has been evolved throughout many centuries for his courage, tractability and powers of endurance. The general character is the embodiment of strength, hardiness and agility. the head shows great quality with Pony character: bold prominent eyes, a broad forehead and neat, well set ears. The body must be deep, on strong limbs with good "hard wearing" joints and an abundance of flat bone. Action must be straight, free and forceful, the knees should be bent and then the whole foreleg extended from the shoulders as far as possible in all paces, with the hocks well flexed, producing powerful leverage." (WPCS website, 2000)

The Welsh Cob is thought to date back to the 15th century and has been perfected over the years. At the start of the 20th century many breeders in Wales were concerned that too much Hackney blood was being introduced to the Welsh Cob and in 1908 HRH George, Prince of Wales, donated a Silver Challenge Cup to be presented annually at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show for the best cob of the 'old Welsh stamp'. This 'Prince of Wales' Cup is probably now the most coveted of awards for any Welsh Cob breeder. We currently have three welsh cobs at Taraco Stud and further details can be found on the Section Ds page.

The Welsh Part-Breds

Welsh part-breds are becoming increasingly popular in the world of competition and riding ponies and horses they are proving consistently successful in fields as diverse as dressage and eventing, driving and show-jumping. The best foals will inherit the strong constitution, good bone, courage, activity and equable temperament of the welsh, which when combined with other breeds (like the Thoroughbred) to add speed and stamina. There is a Welsh Part-Bred Register for horses, cobs and ponies whose breeding shows not less than 25% of Registered Welsh blood. We occasionally breed welsh part breds from our superb welsh B mare, Farchynys Cristal. These include the stunning filly Taraco Emerald (TB x welsh) who is now in Scotland.

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