Shetland - Steeplechasing



  • Truly the height of racing.
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    While it exists primarily in the UK, Shetlands have their own full steeplechasing circuit leading up to the Grand National every year. Their site has a show schedule as well as regulations about age and height of riders & age, size, & registration of ponies.

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    This NYT article refers to the competitors travelling around the country in qualifiers in order to compete at the Olympia & the Royal Windsor Horse Show. It seems to steeplechasing not unlike pony hunters are to not-pony hunters–yes it's tiny and adorable, but still entirely serious.

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    Obviously the jump heights & race speeds are drastically lower than what TBs are running, so whether they're added to regular steeplechasing for simplicity or whether they get their own discipline I guess would depend on numbers? But flat racing is similarily divided by breed IRL but not on here.

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    Thank you for your time, please enable me to Unleash The Fluffs.


  • Administrators

    As with ponies in flat racing, I agree this would realistically be a separate discipline but as Steeplechasing is a very small discipline at the moment, it makes the most sense to combine them. I will leave this open for a few days to hear any evidence for other breeds or member opinions, otherwise will approve them to race starting in October. Thank you for posting! :D



  • I just have to dump this in here!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBw99XQnyqU

    While not a Grand National (and this particular year's edition ended up rather chaotic...), this is a huge deal for pony racing riders in Sweden and there is a selection done on who gets to compete. So what I'm getting at is that this is indeed a thing even outside the UK, allthough pony racing of any type is rather small in Sweden.


  • Administrators

    Accepted! Shetland Ponies may now compete in Steeplechasing. Any other breeds will need to have their caps appealed in another thread :D


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