One pony has measured out at the 2007 FEI European Pony Championships in Germany.

The pony, which H&H believes is from the Italian team, was measured out yesterday before the pony inspection.

Some 148 ponies from 17 nations are in Germany to compete in dressage, show jumping and eventing.

Ponies were measured for the first time at a European Championships according to new rules from the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) that came into effect on 1 January this year.

Under the new rules, all ponies must be measured on site before taking part in the championships. So it is now the responsibility of each participating nation to ensure all ponies are the right height — 148cm without shoes, 149cm with shoes — before arriving at the competition.

But to allow for the fact that the measurement took place at a competition, a 2cm “tolerance margin” was applied. So ponies measured in Germany yesterday were not to exceed 150cm without shoes, 151cm with shoes.

H&H veterinary advisor and FEI vet Karen Coumbe and her British colleague, Tim Watson, measured all 148 ponies yesterday.

For more on the measuring, see Horse & Hound (Thursday, 26 July)