The Hackney pony, now unquestionably an established breed, is a most valuable little animal, not only on account of his intrinsic merits, but because of the great success which usually attends the crossing of him with the mares of other pony breeds. As a variety but little need be said of him here, since in character and make-up he is simply a pocket edition of the ordinary Hackney, which by judicious selection has been bred down to the desired height by pony lovers, who have wanted to possess an animal of about 14 hands which will excel in action and possess all the good looks of the larger members of the breed. With the possible exception of the Wilson ponies - which have had more judicious care expended upon them for a longer period, and which owe by far the largest proportion of their excellence to the strong dash of Hackney blood which is inbred in their veins through Sir George - the Hackney ponies are the most valuable and generally high-priced of all the varieties of equine bantams, and for harness purposes, in cases where high action is desired, there are no animals of their inches which can approach them in style, symmetry, and action. Consequently it is not surprising to find their numbers increasing on all sides.
No doubt Sir George, the stallion from which the Wilson pony sprang, is likely to be accepted as the most successful member of the breed which has appeared, his long sequence of victories at the Royal Agricultural Society's shows providing the strongest testimony to his good looks and action and quality. Sir Horace, by Little Wonder, for which Sir Gilbert Greenall was content to pay 500 guineas, is another Hackney pony whose name will long be a household word amongst breeders, as will that of Mr. J. Jones's Cassius; whilst included in the category of famous little horses of the variety is Pick Up, by Model, a winner of the early shows of the Hackney Horse Society, which was purchased to run in the New Forest. All these animals will be remembered as being first-rate Hackney pony stallions.