DESCRIPTION OF THE DARTMOOR PONY
- HEIGHT: Not exceeding 127cm (12.2hh)
- COLOUR: Bay, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Grey and Roan. Piebalds and Skewbalds are not allowed. Excessive white markings should be discouraged.
- HEAD AND NECK: The head should be small with large kindly eyes and small alert ears. It should be well set on a good neck of medium length. The throat and jaws should be fine and showing no signs of coarseness or throatiness. Stallions to have a moderate crest.
- SHOULDERS: Good shoulders are most important. They should be well laid back and sloping but not too fine at the withers.
- BODY: Of medium length and strong, well ribbed up and with a good depth of girth, giving plenty of heart room.
- LOIN AND HINDQUARTERS: Strong and well covered with muscle. The hind quarters should be of medium length and neither level nor steeply sloping. The tail should be well set up.
- LIMBS: The hocks should be well let down with plenty of length from hip to hock, clean cut and with plenty of bone below the hock. They should have a strong second thigh. They should not be sickled or cow hocked.
- The fore legs should not be tied in at the elbows. The fore-arm should be muscular and relatively long and the knee fairly large and flat on the front.
- The cannons should be short with ample good, flat, flinty bone. The pasterns should be sloping but not too long. The feet should be hard and well shaped.
- MOVEMENT: Low and straight coming from the shoulder with good hock action but without exaggeration.
- GENERAL: The mane and tail should be full and flowing. The Dartmoor is a very good looking riding pony, sturdily built yet with quality.
RULES FOR SHOWING
- Stallions or Colts aged three years or over may not be shown unless in possession of either a Ministry of Agriculture Licence, a DPS Veterinary Certificate or a DPS Veterinary Licence.
- No mare with foal at foot or due foal in the current year may be shown in Ridden Classes. No mare may be shown with a foal under the age of three weeks. Mares must be accompanied by their foals in the ring
- Ponies in Mixed Mountain and Moorland or Dartmoor classes must be shown unplaited.
- Ponies should be shown in a clean but natural state with full mane and tail.
- Long hairs under the jaw and those protruding from the ears may be trimmed.
- Whiskers must not be trimmed.
- The tail may be trimmed at the bottom if excessively long.
- No dye or make-up may be used and no false tails.
- Ridden/Driven ponies may be clipped in the interest of welfare but not their legs.
- False quarter marks are not allowed.