The Welsh pony and cob get their names from the mountainous region of Wales from which they originate. Pre-dating the Romans, Welsh ponies could be found roaming the region, climbing mountains, leaping ravines, and running through rough terrain, resulting in the development of an extremely intelligent pony with remarkable soundness and tremendous endurance. The breed was first imported to the United States in the 1880s and their popularity has grown significantly over the years. Welsh ponies and cobs are well-known for their friendly personalities and even temperaments; they are extremely intelligent and easily trained. All Welsh types can be found in any color except pinto.

Today, Welsh ponies and cobs can be found competing in nearly every discipline, including hunters, pleasure driving, dressage, eventing, combined driving, heavy harness, and English and Western pleasure. There are four distinct types of Welsh recognized by its United States registry ranging in height and confirmation standards. Welsh ponies and cobs are ideal for the growing child, and have the spirit and endurance to challenge an adult.


Recognized National Affiliate Association

Learn more about the Welsh pony and cob by visiting the Welsh Pony & Cob Society of America (WPCSA) at The WPCSA serves to maintain a registry for the recording of pedigrees and transfers of Welsh ponies and cobs and to promote the breeding and use of the breed while striving to maintain its purity and trueness to type and to further its welfare in every way.

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Forms and Publications

Competition Information

Information about competing your Welsh pony or cob with US Equestrian