For many years the Welsh Pony has been the most popular pony in a wide variety of countries and areas for all types of children's equestrian competitions. The versatility and winning personality and temperament of the Welsh Pony make it an ideal match for kids of all riding levels and ages. Since there are several different types of Welsh Ponies ranging in height from under 12 hands to 15.2 hands it is possible for even adults to easily ride a Welsh Pony, or for children to move up in competitive levels by simply moving to a larger size of Welsh Pony.
For children the most common size of Welsh pony are the ponies under 13.2 hands or the Welsh Mountain Pony, Welsh Pony and the Welsh Pony of Cob type. Each one of these ponies has the beautiful action and energy that the breed is known for along with the willing temperament, kind disposition and love of being worked. Welsh ponies are typically used in more than one type of riding which can make them ideal horses for kids that want to do dressage, show jumping, showing them in halter classes, western riding classes and even in driving events.
Show jumping is popular with children of all ages. The Welsh pony makes an ideal mount in this type of event for several reasons. The first and most evident reason is that this breed is not high strung or hard to control in the ring or arena. Once properly and correctly trained the Welsh Pony can be much focused and in tune with the young rider, making jumping much less likely to result in either injury to the horse or rider. The Welsh Pony is also not a breed that is likely to shy or refuse a jump, provided it is the appropriate level for the pony to navigate. They have a competitive nature however and are not docile or lethargic in the ring. Dressage classes also are ideal for kids to be able to demonstrate the intelligence and athletic ability of the breed.
The halter classes with Welsh Ponies are very popular with children and adults alike. The natural flashy step of the horse and the springy gait and wonderful colorations make them a very eye catching pony to show. In addition their calm behavior again means that younger children can easily show the Welsh Pony without fear of the pony spooking or acting up in the ring. The ponies seem to know that they are the center of attention and put on a very impressive display of movement and beauty when in the ring.
In Canada and the United States as well as in Australia the Welsh pony is often used in western style riding events. They may be used in youth shows in western pleasure, competitive trail events, team penning, endurance and even trail riding events. The versatility and honest work ethic of the breed make them ideal western riding ponies, even though traditionally they were shown in English type events.