Fanciers of Shetlands in the United States began importing hardy little ponies from the Shetland Isles and Europe in the late 1800s. Immediately, the earliest owners and breeders embarked on a journey to improve the quality of stock by selectively breeding. In doing so, they established a truly unique American pony. Today's American Shetland and all its divisions are a testament to the vision of those pioneers who sought to create beautiful, elegant and well-made ponies capable of thrilling with their performance and animation while demonstrating the work ethic and stamina of their ancestors.

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The leadership of the American Shetland Pony Club Inc. has evolved from a small group of Shetland Pony enthusiasts and breeders of the early 1900's to thousands of experienced,enthusiastic and passionate American Shetland Pony, Miniature Horse, American Show Pony and National Sport Performance Pony owners, exhibitors, trainers and breeders. The elected Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and members and the National Home Office staff all work toward the goal of promoting these wonderful small equine and offering opportunities to the membership that enrich their equine experiences.


The Journal is the official publication of the American Shetland Pony Club and American Miniature Hores Registry. This bi-monthly publication showcases our small equine through feature stories, health and wellness articles, and recent shows & awards. The Journal contains important deadlines, updates on all committees and programs and other important organizational news and highlights. Subscription is included with a first members annual membership and additional subscriptions can be purchased. Find out more and view previous issues