The ASPC is the registry that started the American Shetland Pony Club, Inc. and is the main breed registry of the organization - the American Shetland Pony. Through the generations, there was a need for classifications within that breed registry to foster greater participation in the show ring and develop the best equine within this diverse breed. These four types are used to determine classes in which a particular American Shetland Pony will compete and each offers a variation in body type while keeping true to the American Shetland breed and conformation.

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The American Miniature Horse - Unique...Interesting...Versatile...A Class All of Its Own!

The American Miniature Horse Registry is the original registry for the Miniature Horse in the United States. Registering as many as 10,000 horses each year and hosting an annual national show, AMHR recognizes two sizes and is the most comprehensive small equine option.

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The American Show Pony is another uniquely American society pony under the umbrella of the American Shetland Pony, Inc. 

Today's American Show Pony Registry (ASPR) harkens back to the former Harness Show Pony division offered by ASPC, Inc., starting before the mid-1900s. That bygone harness division offered a place for the following to compete: Shetlands which grew beyond that breed's height limit, small Hackneys and crosses between Hackneys and Shetlands. With an emphasis on motion and performance and offering competition up to 48", today's American Show Pony does much the same. Superb carriage, animated gait and overall brilliance are the hallmarks of today's American Show Ponies, making them similar to both the Modern Shetland and Hackney pony. In fact, both of those ponies play a role in the ASPR today.

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National Sport Performance Pony...If A Little More Pony Is What You're Looking For!

The newest small equine recognized by the American Shetland Pony Club is the National Sport Performance Pony.   ASPC established the National Sport Performance Pony Registry in 2003 to allow small equine fanciers a chance to use their Shetlands or Miniatures to breed hardy sport-type ponies.  Although the original goals for NSPPR often centered on creating sporty riding ponies, today’s small NSPPR contingent is another versatile small equine option.

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