Alrewas Show

Shetland Ponies

Shetland Ponies, as the name suggests, originate in the Shetland Isles, where it is known that small horses have been kept since the Bronze Age. Full of character, they are strong and intelligent, and despite their small size were first used to pull carts and ploughs, and to carry heavy loads such as peat and coal.

During the Industrial Revolution, thousands of Shetlands were taken south to England to work as pit ponies - some were even exported to the USA for this purpose.

Nowadays they are more likely to be seen at shows or giving rides to small children, or performing ceremonial duties, for example as the mascot of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

You'll see plenty of Shetlands on display at the Alrewas Show; The breed is regulated by the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society and the Alrewas Show is a diary highlight for many Shetland owners.

Shetlands Steward:

Pat Green
10 St David’s Road
Clifton Campville
Nr Tamworth
B79 0BA

01827 373357


Shetland Pony Classes - Alrewas Show 2024

2024 Alrewas Show
Shetland Ponies Schedule

Standard Shetland Pony Section

For registered ponies with the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society, not exceeding 34” at maturity.

Class Description
01 STANDARD YEARLING Colt Filly or Gelding
02 STANDARD 2 & 3 YEARS. Any sex. Must not exceed 40”
03 STANDARD MARE OR GELDING 4years and over with or without Foal at foot. Foals to be 3 weeks old or over on show day. (See class 8)

Standard Shetland 1st & 2nd from classes 1-4
Champion to receive The Melland Trophy

Minature Shetland Pony Section

Class Description
06 MINIATURE SHETLAND 2 & 3 YEARS. Colt, Filly or Gelding
07 MINIATURE MARE OR GELDING 4 years and over with or without Foal at foot. Foals to be 3 weeks old or over on show day. (See class 8)
08 OPEN SHETLAND FOAL- Standard or Miniature. Any sex. Foals to be 3 weeks old or over on Show Day. Produce of Mare in class 3 or 7
10 OPEN COLOURED SHETLAND STANDARD OR MINIATURE. Any age or sex. Any colour other than black.

Miniature Shetland Championship 1st & 2nd from classes 5-9
Champion to receive The Alrewas Miniature Shetland Trophy

Youngster Championship 1st & 2nd from classes 1, 2, 5, 6 and 8

Judge- Mrs D Wright (Cheadle)

Entry Fees £10.00 per class

Prize money 1st £12, 2nd £8, 3rd £6

Closing Date for entries - Friday 5th July 2024

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