The Hackney Pony
Hackneys standing under 14.2 hands, or 58 inches at their withers, are considered Hackney ponies. These smaller Hackneys are primarily featured in the show ring. There are five main divisions that ponies show in, with differences being in their size, show ring performance, and mane and tail appearance. Each type is dynamic and exciting to watch in the show ring.
The Roadster Pony
This very popular and speedy Hackney measures below 13 hands and shows at three seperate trotting speeds: the jog, the road gait, and at speed.
The Hackney Roadster ponies are the speedsters of the Hackney breed. They are shown to a two-wheeled road bike with their drivers wearing racing silks. There are three divisions for the roadsters, the Open, Amateur, and Junior Exhibitor.
Roadsters are shown at the jog-trot, road gait and then at “speed.” They are also shown under saddle by Junior Exhibitors wearing racing silks. A new division, Roadster Pony To Wagon, has the road pony hitched to a miniature doctors buggy. Roadster Ponies are 13 hands (52″) or under.
The Cob Tail
Also commonly called the Hackney Pony, this dynamic high stepper must stand 14.2 hands and under at the withers.
The Hackney Cob Tail division is for ponies measuring 14.2 hands and under at the withers. These ponies must be shown with the appearance of a shortened tail and with a braided mane. Ponies are to be shown to a four-wheel vehicle called a viceroy; they are also shown in pairs.
Classes offered in this very competitive division include Open and Amateur, including Ladies, Gentlemen, or Junior Exhibitor.
The Harness Pony
Also called the Long Tail, this dynamic high-stepper stands 12.2 hands or under at the withers.
The Hackney Harness Pony (or Long Tail) must measure 12.2 hands or under at the withers. It must be shown with a long mane and an undocked tail. Ponies are to be shown to a four-wheeled vehicle called a viceroy; they are also shown in pairs.
Classes offered in this very competitive division include Open and Amateur, including Ladies, Gentlemen or Junior exhibitor.
The Pleasure Pony
Showing in the newest of the four Hackney pony divisions, the Pleasure Pony is 14.2 hands or under, and is well mannered and a pleasure to drive.
Another class for the Hackney is the Pleasure Driving Division. These ponies may be Longtail or Cob Tail, and are shown with unbraided manes and tails to an appropriate pleasure vehicle. They are shown only by Amateurs – Ladies, Gentlemen or Junior Exhibitors. They are shown at a pleasure trot, road trot, and a flat walk. They must stand quietly in the line-up and back when asked. They are to be quiet, easy, and a pure pleasure to drive.
The Hand Pony
The "In Hand" classes are primarily for weanlings, yearlings and two-year-olds. Exhibitors compete by lining their pony up to be judged on conformation, then leading it along the rail to be evaluated on performace.
This is an excellent division for newcomers to try due to the limited amount of equipment needed and the relative ease of training an hand pony.
Most hand classes are part of futurity competitions where thousands of dollars in prize money is availble to top finishers.