The Foundation Shetland Division was founded by ASPC Members wanting to preserve the type of pony shown in the glory days of the 1950s. Many of us recall the fancy little chunky Shetland parading through the state fairs and backyards across America in those years...and many of us got our start with those ponies. The pony of the 1950s was not exactly what stepped off the boats from the Shetland Islands but rather a lovely blend of individuals selectively bred from those original imports that went on to become a household word in America.
In comparison to the Classic Shetland the foundation type pony is smaller, bigger bodied, and heavier boned. They have shorter as well as thicker necks than the Classic Shetland. They are shorter legged by proportion as well. A pretty head with small ears and large expressive eyes exemplify foundation pony qualities breeders aspire to.
For show purposes they may not measure over 42" inches and must be Foundation Certified. Eligible animals are issued a seal on their registration certificates, along with a special Foundation Number. They can however, stand taller than 42" inches for breeding purposes.
Foundation Shetlands are shown in as natural a state as possible. While they are clipped, clean and polished; artificial appliances are not allowed. They are versatile, useful and appreciated by breeders and owners who take special pride in preservation of the Golden Era Shetland.