AUSTRALIAN HIGHLAND PONY BREEDING UP PROGRAM

 

 

Below is an explanation of the rules & processes that is involved in the breeding up program for Highland Ponies in Australia.

The breeding up program was originally introduced due to the very small numbers of Highland ponies in Australia and the very limited gene pool. As only 2 stallions were originally imported to Australia and 4 mares, it was necessary to introduce this program to ensure the survival of the breed in Australia.

The Breeding Up Program started out with 4 levels, FS, FS1, FS2 and finally purebred AHL. Mares entering into the program were to be a cross of a purebred Highland Pony over a registered Australian Pony mare of good build and bone.

The Appendix level was later brought in, gaining the program 5 levels and allowing the entry of mares crossed between a purebred Highland Pony and a ponies of pony type.

All ponies under the Australian Highland Pony Breeding Up Program are registered under section 2 of the APSB and have the suffix of AHL after their registration numbers.

The upgrading process was brought in much later allowing ponies that have made made it to level 5 of the program to be able to transfer over to the purebred HL section 1 part of the studbook, upon application

The breeding up program works as follows:

 

1.      An Appendix Highland mare is the bottom of the ladder so to speak. This pony is the female progeny of a Purebred Highland Stallion or Mare by or out of a

         pony (of pony type). If you get a male foal as a result of this cross then it must be gelded and registered as a part bred within the 

         APSB.

 

2.      You then take your Appendix mare and join her to a purebred stallion. The female progeny is then classed as Foundation stock (FS). All male progeny are to

         be gelded and then classed as Australian Highland Pony (AHL)

 

3.      You then take your FS mare and join her to a purebred stallion. The female progeny is then classed as Foundation stock 1 (FS1). All male progeny are to

         be gelded and then classed as Australian Highland Pony (AHL)

 

4.      You then take your FS1 mare and join her to a purebred stallion. The female progeny is then classed as Foundation stock 2(FS2).All male progeny are to

         be gelded and then classed as Australian Highland Pony (AHL)

 

5.      Finally you take your FS2 mare and join her to a purebred stallion. ALL progeny is then classed as Australian Highland Pony (AHL). Ponies at this

         stage of the breeding up program can be assessed by the APSB to be transferred to the purebred section of the APSB Studbook (HL). 

         All progeny of any upgraded ponies are now treated exactly the same as a purebred Highland Pony and abide by the same rules.

 

As you can see it is a very long process and will take many years of breeding. But the idea is by the time you get to 5 generations of continually joining to purebred stock the pony is essentially pure and has the full characteristics of a purebred pony.

 

Within Australia there are currently (as of June the 29th 2019) 15 mares that are still alive, in the Australian Highland Ponies Breed Up Program at various levels, with 12 of breeding age and 19 geldings alive today.
Along with 18 mares, 4 geldings,1 stallion and one colt being grown out as a possible stallion, that are now at purebred status through the Australian Breed Up Program.

Census data collect and provided to the HPA by Amy Young.

 

Site last updated 07/11/2019

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