Celebrate Versatile Ponies at Shetland Pony Congress Show

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The 2009 Shetland Pony Congress Show will be held at the Crossroads Arena
A two-year-old Shetland Pony competes at the Shetland Pony Congress Show. Admission is free and spectators are invited to see an exciting array of classes that include everything from halter to inventive costume classes. The show is July 28 to August 1 at the Crossroads Arena in Cloverdale, Indiana. Photo by Washburn Photography

The best Shetland Ponies from across the nation will descend on Cloverdale, Indiana, July 28 – August 1, for the 121st Shetland Pony Congress Show. The versatile ponies will have a chance to compete for National Championship titles in driving, halter, jumping, youth classes, costume classes and more.

The prestigious Shetland Pony Congress will be held at the Crossroads Arena facility, where spectators are invited to enjoy an array of exciting favorite Shetland Congress classes, from fast paced roadster driving to the spectacular and inventive costume classes. Admission is free and spectators are invited to learn more about American Shetland Ponies while at the show.

“The Shetland Pony Congress Show is a wonderful way to experience all this amazing breed has to offer,” said Johnny Robb, Director of Marketing for the American Shetland Pony Club and American Miniature Horse Registry (ASPC/AMHR). “Due to their small size and affordable price, both children and adults own and show Shetland Ponies. This show will give spectators a wonderful chance to see the ponies in action and see how versatile Shetland Ponies truly are.”

The ASPC recognizes many types of Shetlands, and all will be competing at the show. Types of ponies recognized are the Classic Shetland Pony, the Foundation Shetland Pony, the Modern Shetland Pony, the American Show Pony and the National Show Pony.

Competition in the American Show Pony division will be steep, as the registry has added $6,000 in incentive prize money for classes at the Congress show. American Show Ponies are sought after as impressive athletes and are a crowd favorite when they drive into the show ring.

Farnam Companies, a long-time supporter of small equines, will again sponsor the Vetrolin Grooming Awards. The “best groomed” pony will receive a year’s supply of Vetrolin grooming products provided by Farnam Companies.

“The show is great fun for the whole family and we encourage everyone to come out to meet the small but mighty Shetland Ponies,” Robb said. “Mark your calendars for July 28 to August 1 and plan on attending the American Shetland Pony Congress.”

For more information on the Shetland Pony Congress, visit their website at shetlandminiature.com

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