A Sport Pony is 14.2 hands or less in height with the conformation, movement, rideability and type to excel in the Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, jumping, eventing and combined driving. The German Riding Pony is a unique pony breed
that developed in more than Germany forty years ago due to the need for a large pony with the athleticism and temperament for children to compete with at a national and international level. Specifically, the German Riding Pony (GRP)
was bred to be a competitive pony in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping, and eventing. English pony breeds, particularly type B Welsh, were crossed with smaller Warmbloods, Thoroughbreds and Arabians with the goal of obtaining a
smaller version of the German Warmblood. Within ten years, the German Riding Pony type was showing good results in competition and breeding. As with full size warmblood breeding, registries developed in each region of the country
and animals were inspected as foals and breeding stock at keurings or inspections. The breed standard for these ponies include a small head large eyes, small ears, clean throatlatch, a long neck set well on the body with a pronounced wither and a long croup. They are bred for horse-like movement that is correct, rhythmic, and elastic with a large stride, expressive
gaits and clear impulsion from the hindquarters. The goal is a pony between 13.2 and 14.2 hands
Head: Small and regal with defined jaws (no puffiness), a clean throatlatch, kind eyes, nostrils that are large and wide and small ears.
Neck: Long, wide and well set on, narrowing towards the poll.
Body: Refinement obvious, more so than in any other pony breed with emphasis toward an athletic riding type. Exhibits a longer neck, higher and more pronounced withers, a longer croup that is slightly sloping with a tail set at medium height and slender through the girth.
Limbs: Dry limbs with flat knees, correct alignment, dense and medium sized hooves.
Movement: Regular and correct cadence with a large stride. Even, energetic and elastic rhythm. No exaggerated knee action. Exhibits, significant impulsion from the hindquarters.
Special Hallmarks: An easy keeper, good natured ready and willing to go, courageous and intelligent.