Although the animals entered in all four sections of the Welsh Stud Book vary in size and substance, all show evidence of their common ancestor, the Welsh Mountain Pony. The best inherit the strong constitution, good bone, courage, activity and equable temperament that has led to worldwide renown.
It is therefore not surprising that they are in such demand for crossing with other breeds, and there is a Welsh Part-bred Register for horses, cobs and ponies whose breeding shows not less than 25% of registered Welsh blood.
Welsh Partbreds fall into 2 categories:
1. Welsh Partbred Ponies 14.2hh and under and 2. Welsh Partbred Horses over 14.2hh
Welsh Partbred Ponies - 14.2hh and under
The welsh part-bred ponies have been known for many years as elegant and well-mannered riding and driving ponies, equally successful in children's riding pony classes as in competitions where performance plays an important part, such as working hunter pony competitions.
The Welsh Part-Bred Pony has been popular for very many years. The value of Welsh blood as an important ingredient in breeding ponies has been recognised for many generations. Wherever there is an equestrian activity, there will always be a Welsh Part-Bred Pony to be found. They excel at dressage, eventing, show jumping, cross-country, driving, CTR/End, Pony Club and mounted games.
Welsh Partbred Horses - over 14.2hh
Breeding competition horses purely for riding is a growing industry and 25% , 50% and 75% Welsh Cobs and Welsh Ponies are in great demand for show jumping, eventing, dressage, team driving, hunters, etc.
The welsh cob crossed with the world re-known NZ Thoroughbred results in a very trainable horse with speed, stamina and durability suitable for eventing, hunting and dressage. The welsh cob Arabian cross are making their mark in endurance events overseas.
In NZ Aztec won many titles competing in NZ dressage including the Burkner Trophy and he represented NZ in Australia, he is part welsh welsh cob.
In UK Celtic Connection a 25% Welsh Cob X TB headed the line-up in the 4 yo Burghley Young Event Horse qualifier in 2003 and won the SEIB/BEF Young Event Horse Evaluation Championship at the Royal Show in June 2003.
In UK LanGarth Darcy a 16.2hh 7yo gelding carrying 25% welsh cob blood X TB ended 2002 going double clear at Gatcombe with 18 points at Intermediate level.
In UK and US -Mister Woppit - 50% Welsh Cob -showjumping A Grade winner.
What leading people in the horse world have to say about horses with Welsh Cob in their breeding:
"…there is a little to approach the Welsh breeds as the basis for competition horse production" Capt. E. Hartley-Edwards, Horseman and author
"I wouldn't mind a strain of welsh blood in an Event horse, their character and native cleverness are great strengths." Rodney Powell, Event rider
"I'd regard it as an advantage to have a strain of Welsh Cob blood in a potential competition horse's pedigree" Stephen Hadley, Show-jumper
"They are a useful foundation, when mated to a Thoroughbred, to breed an event horse" Sam Barr, Breeder, Welton Stud
"Welsh Cob is a great cross - it's sound and tough" John Rawding, Breeder, Church Farm Stud
"They have a lot of presence and are very good rides; I'm happy to have horses with Welsh blood" Robert Oliver, Producer and Rider of Show Horses