Welcome to the official website for the American Shetland Association of New Zealand Inc.

The Association was formed March in 2013 by a group of enthusiasts dedicated to encouraging the development of this breed in New Zealand. Scroll down to read about the history of the amazing American Shetland pony.


The first Shetland ponies for which there are written records were imported to the United States in 1885 by Eli Elliot. These ponies provided the foundation stock for the development of the American Shetland and were crossed with ponies of other breeds including the Hackney, Welsh and Harness Show pony.

The breeding of ponies was mainly centered in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. American Shetland Ponies are more refined than the traditional Shetland and may be up to 46" in height. They often have a long, thin, "hooky" neck, a more refined body, and longer legs. The breed tends to be long and narrow through the back, with broad and muscular hindquarters and high withers. The shoulder has good slope, allowing for extravagant action.

These ponies are most often used for harness work and as children's ponies. You will find additional information by clicking the links in the menu on the left hand side of the page. We hope that you enjoy browsing through our site and if you have any queries or require further information, please contact one of our Committee.

Note to all Miniature Horse Owners

You may already own a part bred American Shetland Pony. Many of the early Miniature Horses were American Shetlands registered with ASPC. If you have 'get' from any of the horses listed below they may be eligible for registration with the American Shetland Association of New Zealand Inc. The lowest percentage we recognize is 12.5% so if your horse is a great granddaughter or great grandson of one of these horses it will qualify for registration.

Please note that this list is not limited to these horses. If you believe your horse has American Shetland in its pedigree, please advise us and we will investigate.

  • Johnstons Gold Boy
  • Johnstons Vanilla
  • Gold Melody Boy
  • Rowdy
  • Shadow Oaks Paul Bunyon
  • Roan Ranger
  • Pecan Grove Chargers Customized
  • Orion Light Van Huttenest

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