Nooitgedacht, noun

Origin:
Named for Nooitgedacht a Department of Agriculture breeding-station near Ermelo (Eastern Transvaal).
Used attributively in the names of breeds associated with this research station: Nooitgedacht pony, a breed of pony resulting from cross breeding between the Basotho pony and the Boerperd, and known for its hardiness, sturdy build, and quiet temperament; Nooitgedacht sheep ?obsolete, a breed of sheep bred between c1909 and 1913.
1920 R.Y. Stormberg Mrs Pieter de Bruyn 40I had secret misgivings that the Nooitgedacht sheep wouldn’t pass the test, even though Oupa Cloete is nearly stone blind.
1974 S. Afr. Panorama Apr. 12Nooitgedacht pony, the only indigenous South African breed of horse and a descendant of the Basuto pony.
1989 Motorist Aug. 43Nooitgedacht ponies, Boerperde and Basutho ponies are the most popular on many of South Africa’s major trails.
1990 J. Theron in Farmer’s Weekly 22 June 13The Nooitgedacht Pony, one of the few South African horse breeds, was developed to save the legendary Basuto Pony from extinction and to fulfil the need for a farm and riding horse in this country.
1994 K. Kirkman Informant, ErmeloA Nooitgedacht Pony was bred here (sc. at the Nooitgedacht Research Station) during the 1950s.
Nooitgedacht pony, a breed of pony resulting from cross breeding between the Basotho pony and the Boerperd, and known for its hardiness, sturdy build, and quiet temperament; Nooitgedacht sheepobsolete, a breed of sheep bred between c1909 and 1913.

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