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French Riding Ponies (also known as French Riding Pony or PonyrnFrancais de Selle) usually stands 13.2-14.2hh at the withers. The pony can bernof any color except cream with blue eyes. They are versatile and athletic andrnare an excellent mount for the entire family- children and adults alike. Theyrnmust be balanced, broad chested, have good shoulders, a good top line, and goodrnwithers. Their legs must have no conformation faults. The back must be strong.rnThey have forward moving, smooth gaits and good jumping ability. The ponies arernextremely hardy. The French Riding Pony has a good temperament. This pony isrnmuch like the German Riding Pony and the English Riding Pony.rnrn 

They were developed by crossing native French pony maresrnwith Welsh pony, New Forest Pony, Arabian horse, and Connemara Pony stallions.rnThe breed's section of the French Pony Stud book also includes ponies that werernbred through the crossing of Arabian stallions with Connemara, New Forest, andrnWelsh Pony mares, as well as Selle Francais, Connemara and New Forest stallionsrnwith Merens, Basque and Landais mares. The National Association of FrenchrnSaddle Pony (ANPFS) was founded September 17, 1969. It was created to meet thernneeds of young riders wishing to ride mounts appropriate to their size. Itrnbrings together under one heading ponies from different territories frenchrnoverseas or channel, including by crossing with standard Thoroughbred, Arabian,rnWelsh, New Forest, and Connemara.

In the late 1960s precise criteria for selection werernestablished for assessing ponies that would be entering the stud book. In 1972rnthe Stud Book was created by Jean Lassoux. The Stud Book remained open to newlyrnregistered ponies until 1991. This cross-bred pony was given the name FrenchrnRiding Pony or French Saddle Pony in 1991.

rnrnThey are extremely versatile. They are excellent sport ponies.Theyrnare bred for show jumping, eventing, dressage, driving, trailing, hacking, andrnracing. 

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