The competition has several different categories for the different ponies to compete in including jumping, halter, obstacles, showmanship and a variety of different driving including pleasure driving, country driving, formal driving and Sunday in the Park driving. The competition is divided up between adults, youths and a group specifically for the physically challenged.
During the showmanship event, judges scored the ponies based upon a rule book that establishes the standards of perfection for each breed of pony.
The modern American Shetland pony comes in two height categories, either under 43 inches or between 43 and 46 inches at the whither. The minimum height is 28 inches. Originating in the Shetland Isles northeast of mainland Scotland, Shetland ponies were used for pulling carts and plowing farmland. During the industrial revolution, they were used as “pit ponies” in coal mines hauling out what was mined. In modern times, Shetland ponies are used for show and to be ridden by small children at fairs, carnivals and petting zoos. They are also sometimes used for therapeutic horseback riding purposes.
Admission is FREE. For more information, contact Carla @ (801) 388-1088.