Fans and owners of Shetland Ponies and Miniature Horses know that their small but mighty equines make great driving partners, a fact that is proven at shows and farms all across the country. The American Shetland Pony Club and American Miniature Horse Registry (ASPC/AMHR) is now celebrating the driving skills of their small equines in a big way—by partnering with the American Driving Society (ADS).
The ASPC/AMHR is becoming a Breed Partner with the American Driving Society as a way to promote Shetland Ponies and Miniature Horses and the discipline of carriage driving. “Through this partnership we will be on our way to helping each other grow the Shetland and Miniature Horse presence in the American Driving Society,” said Susie Koos-Acker, ADS Executive Director.
“I am so pleased that the ASPC/AMHR is joining into the ADS Breed Partnership program. It should be mutually beneficial,” said Maureen Harkcom, ASPC/AMHR Breed Steward. Dr. Pam Ripperda, the Miniature Horse Representative for the AMHR, said she is looking forward to building the program between the two organizations.
“So many of our members are involved in Combined Driving, Pleasure Driving or recreational driving, which makes this partnership a win-win for both organizations,” said Diane Zmolek, American Shetland Pony Breed Representative.
Owners of small equines will also be able to enjoy educational webinars on the ADS Web site. Started in 1888, the American Shetland Pony Club is one of the oldest equine registries in the United States.
Incorporated in 1972, the American Miniature Horse Registry was the first registry for Miniature Horses in the United States and continues to be one of the foremost organizations committed to the preservation and promotion of these small equines. For more information on small equines, visit their website at www.shetlandminiature.com or call (309) 263-4044.
Photos: Top photo-Courtesy of Kathleen O’Grady, Pegasus Photography
Center photo: Gail Thomas in her winning dressage test at Skunk River HDT (Ames, Iowa) with her VSE pair, Lil Bit of Country and DM Rajas. Her groom is Jenny Dougan. Photo by Derith Vogt