KALEIDOSCOPE FARM SPORT HORSES AND SPORT PONIES

P.O. Box 295 - Eubank, KY 42567 
(606) 379-5140

The Pony Project
The  Kaleidoscope "Pony Project" began as a reluctant concession to my approaching senior citizen status. Always petite, it became increasingly obvious a move to shorter horses was inevitable. As a warmblood breeder involved in dressage, I was determined to retain the upper level movement of my warmbloods, even while "downsizing".

The First Generation
Connemaras were my choice for the pony foundation but not small enough to produce ponies when crossed to warmbloods, so small pony mares were bred to the Connemara stallion. Some stayed in the breeding program of course, but several of these small ponies went on to be very successful small hunter ponies, proof of the value of this cross.

In my quest to introduce color in my warmblood breeding program, I produced several colored Weltstern sons from pinto and champagne mares that were the quality I hoped for. In particular, two of these sons, Windwalker, a chestnut tovero and Waterloo, a gold champagne were crossed to pony mares,  producing a generation of sportponies closer to my ideal.

 The Second Generation
Utilizing the best of the crossbreds, mares and stallions from the first generation were crossed again, smaller stallions bred to warmblood cross mares and smaller mares bred to warmblood cross stallions . With a number of second generation foals to evaluate, we found the most consistent results came with crosses at least 1/4 Connemara  and 1/4 warmblood by pedigree. 
 

The Third Generation

With the third generation of this program, very consistent results in all of the areas we worked to establish, movement and type as well as trainability and performance can be seen. Some selected outcrosses have been used in this generation, strengthening the pony size genetics without lowering the standards for movement, and increasing the percentage of warmblood breeding to produce even more prepotency for extravagant gaits.

With the goals set many years ago now starting to show such reliable results, we are looking forward to future generations with a great deal of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.
 


 

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