Marks range from “Excellent” to “Not to Standard”
Stallion prospects should in most cases be three years or older to allow for inspectors to see a mature male. Mares and geldings should be at least two years old or older to allow inspectors to, again, see a mature pony.
Nominating a Pony
How to Present Your Pony for Inspection
The Inspection Team will begin by observing the pony standing still and will use the inspection worksheet to evaluate type, temperament and conformation.
The handler will then be asked to walk and trot the pony on a straight line to and from a particular spot, and/or to trot in a large circle. Stallions and all ponies presented for premium will also be observed “at liberty” in a fenced arena, field or other safely-fenced space.
Following a pattern set by the Inspection Team, the pony handler walks beside the animal, briskly walking away from, and back to, the Inspectors.
When halting to “stand” the pony for its evaluation, the pony is placed in a balanced and alert stance, ideally, with four legs independently visible to the Inspectors. The handler must not block the Inspectors’ view more than momentarily.
Considering an Inspection?
Contact your local Inspection Nomination Facilitator.
Most, but not all, presented ponies are found to conform to the standards and are approved. Evaluation of stallions is more stringent than for mares and geldings. Please note that if a pony cannot be safely handled, the pony will not be inspected.
Premium Mares & Stallions Program
To reward mares and stallions of exceptional quality and type.
If a candidate for Premium Status was inspected and approved before they were 8 or before the initiation of the Premium mare program, the owner may pay a $100.00 fee for re-inspection. The regular ACPS Nomination Form may be used to nominate a previously-inspected mare for Premium Status.