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australian pony

Since the continent had no native horses or ponies prior to the arrival of European explorers and settlers, all equidae that now live there are from imported stock. Horses first arrived in Australia in 1788 on the ship First Fleet from South Africa. In 1803, the first Timor Ponies arrived from Indonesia, and provided the foundation stock for the breed. The Australian Pony also had later influence from the Welsh Mountain Pony, Hackney pony, Arabian, Shetland Pony, Highland Pony, Connemara Pony, Exmoor Pony, and from small Thoroughbreds. Stallions of influence include: Sir Thomas and Dennington Court: Two Exmoor pony stallions who were imported in the mid-1800s Bonnie Charlie: Hungarian stallion Dyoll Greylight: Welsh Mountain Pony who arrived in 1911, is considered a founding sire. By 1920, a distinct type of pony had emerged in Australia, and in 1931, the Australian Pony Stud Book Society was formed. Today, the pony is mainly used as a children's mount and for smaller adult novice riders. They compete in dressage, eventing, show jumping, combined driving, gymkhana, mounted games, and horse shows.

The Australian Pony is a breed of pony that developed in Australia

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