Blog Hop: What Makes A GRP?
|How did this pointy-shouldered beast come to be?|
Now I don't know a whole lot about the confusing protocols of European warmblood registries, but I'm going to do my best to provide an interesting overview of Dino's breeding and how the GRP developed from some seemingly-not-at-all-similar breeds.
The GRP, as a breed, is quite young. It was only just established in 1975, and was created with the goal of developing a sporthorse-in-miniature by crossing native British ponies such as the Welsh with Thoroughbreds and Arabians. As a result, GRP's look less like what we think of as a (round, short-legged) pony, and more like a very small warmblood. They tend to have more fluid, horse-like movement than other ponies, and though they appear as miniature warmbloods, many (including Dino!) don't have a drop of WB blood in them. This fact really surprised me when I started looking into Dino's lineage! GRP's were bred to be tiny, talented mounts for the Olympic disciplines: Eventing, Show Jumping, and Dressage, and for me, that's what makes the breed so appealing. They are everything you could ever want in a sport horse, only in a smaller package! As one website so excellently put it, "...the best German Riding Pony should combine warmblood talent and movement with pony character, charm, and intelligence."Like many other European breeds, there are several regional registries that hold inspections to approve ponies as GRP's. Dino is registered with the Weser-Ems, which is (somehow) associated with the Oldenburg registry (GOV). While they are mainly the result of Welsh ponies crossed with Thoroughbreds or Arabians, various warmblood breeds do pop up in the bloodlines now and then, and warmblood mares can be approved for breeding by the GRP registries. Some registries brand their ponies, some do not, but all use a variation of the Oak Leaf & Acorn brand that Dino sports on his hip. The '98 underneath it denotes his birth year. This is where my knowledge base gets fuzzy, so I'll move onto the pedigrees themselves!
|Branded & Registered!|
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Knowing that Dino is basically a Welsh/Arabian cross, I can definitely pick out some similar traits he shares with both breeds!
Do you see the family resemblance?
|A (very familiar!) Arabian|
|Our Favorite GRP|
|Look at those cute little Welsh ears!|
|What a similar pony expression!|