Ponies crossed with any type of established "draft" breed are encouraged. Percheron, Belgian, Clydesdale,
Suffolk, American Cream, or Spotted Draft crosses will only help typify desired qualities. But Welsh, Haflinger, Fresian,
Dale, Fell, Morgan, or any other such breed that was originally bred and raised for the specific purpose of performing heavy
work fall under this "draft" heading.
The word "draft" meaning "to haul or pull a load", and the word "pony" established
as an equine measuring 58 inches (14.2 hands) or under, when measured on a flat surface, behind the front leg, from the ground
to the point of the withers, comprise the ONLY requirements necessary to register an animal.
The primary goal of the American Draft Pony Association & Registry is to establish Rules and Regulations to
promote and improve this new breed of working pony.
American Draft Ponies that are selected for show do not differ from the best quality commercial drafters. Indeed,
the very object of the show ring is to develop a common understanding of the merits that specifically concern the usefulness
for which the different types of equine are produced.
The general appearance of the Draft Pony must be representative in every detail of the maximum efficiency of those
characteristics which experience has designated as desireable in commercial service. It is upon these characteristics that
the judge places his greatest emphasis in making the awards.