American Shetland Association of New Zealand Inc
Welcome to the American Shetland Association of New Zealand Inc. Online Studbook
The Association was formed March in 2013 by a group of enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging the development of this breed in New Zealand.
The first Shetland ponies for which there are written records were imported to the United States in 1885 by Eli Elliot. These ponies provided the foundation stock for the development of the American Shetland and were crossed with ponies of other breeds including the Hackney, Welsh and Harness Show pony. The breeding of ponies was mainly centered in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. American Shetland Ponies are more refined than the traditional Shetland and may be up to 46" in height. They often have a long, thin, "hooky" neck, a more refined body, and longer legs. The breed tends to be long and narrow through the back, with broad and muscular hindquarters and high withers. The shoulder has good slope, allowing for extravagant action. These ponies are most often used for harness work and as children's ponies. You will find additional information by clicking the links in the menu on the left hand side of the page. We hope that you enjoy browsing through our site and if you have any queries or require further information, please contact one of our Committee.