Arbor Acres Farm was begun in 1944 by my grandfather Frank H Smith. He purchased the stallion Matze's Model (a grandson of Grandee)and two of his daughters (granddaughters of Locust). The herd was built slowly and carefully in order to preserve a high standard of quality and true Shetland type. Our breeding goal is to produce a conformationally correct pony that is suitable for children and the show ring. Arbor Acres ponies are typified by small size, intelligence and easy going cheerful dispositions combined with quality and refinement.
AA mare with foal
AA Good As Gold
AA Lady Jane
Included in the bloodlines are Locust, Grandee, David Harum, Squirrel, Chestnut, Norman L. Strum, Orloff, Magic B., Howard B., Silver Irene, Taffy, Abelard, Prince of Wales, Silver Crescent, Jolly Boy X, Black Patton, Realization, King's Dappled Supreme, Silver King X, Larigo's Nite-Life, Sunlight Larigo, Silver White, The Greyhound, Supreme Command, and, of course King Larigo. In 1950 the breeding program was expanded to ensure a variety of colors were available to customers. A large herd was maintained which included palomino, red chestnut, dun, black, gray, buckskin, silver dapple, silver sorrel, and roan.
In 2018 the herd size is small comprising only 2 stallions and 6 mares. Arbor Meadow Violet was born in June and will be kept in the family.