About the Newfoundland Pony
Over many generations, the Newfoundland pony has been a key part of family life in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. In recent years, many have found new homes across Canada and the US. Those who are lucky enough to own one consider them a best kept secret.
The Newfoundland pony owes its origins to the early settlers of Newfoundland and Labrador who brought with them all they needed to survive in a harsh environment, including the tough, hardworking ponies of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The Newfoundland pony is a distinct landrace breed that evolved over time from the interbreeding of these original herds of ponies. Isolated from the world, the ponies intermingled for hundreds of years, breeding in the seclusion of Newfoundland’s bays and coves to produce a sturdy, hardy pony, uniquely ours.
The future survival of the Newfoundland Pony is uncertain. It is listed as Critically Endangered by Rare Breeds Canada, The Livestock Conservancy, and Equus Survival Trust. One of the primary roles of the Newfoundland Pony Society under provincial government legislation is to conserve, protect and preserve the pony for future generations and we need all the help and support from all pony enthusiasts to meet that objective.
We welcome your help and support in ensuring that this pony with its wonderful history has a bright future. It is known for its capacity to survive and thrive but at this time it needs all the help we can muster.
“It’s important for people to interact with them; for children to ride them. I explain how these ponies hauled wood for us and pulled kelp from the beach for our gardens. Newfoundlanders could not have survived without them. We owe them a great debt. I live and die for them.”
– Max Brockerville, Lawn, Newfoundland and Labrador (owner of Max’s May, Maggie May, Duff and Pumpkin)