The Fell Pony Society

Education

Promotions Team

The Fell Pony Society Promotions Team was formed in 2015 from a group of people who are prepared to take part in displays, and to create costumes for themselves and their ponies. The presentation of Merchandise and Information has been revamped, with Fell-themed goods of interest to the general public and to children as well as to Fell pony enthusiasts. These will be for sale in a lighter and roomier tent.

The Merchandise and Information Tent will be at the Stallion and Colt Show and the Breed Show, and at several Cumbrian agricultural shows in 2016 (to be confirmed from: Skelton Show, Penrith Show, Westmorland County Show, Country Fest). The Promotions Team will be performing arena displays at:

Lakeland Country Fair, 4th & 5th June.
Lowther Show, 13th & 14th August.
Blackcombe Country Fair, 29th August.

At these shows the team will re-present last year's educational historical pageant, and there is also a new script, a "border ballad" story called "Fair Mary and the Black Knight".

1 March 2016

Learning with Fells

For some years now the Society has run a "Learning with Fells" scheme for our junior members. Participants are invited to visit working Fell pony studs in Cumbria to learn how the ponies are kept in their native area. These are active and intensive days and they are deliberately kept to very small numbers to enable all participants to ask questions freely and hear the answers given.

Council have agreed that applications will be taken from adult as well as junior members. There will be 4 places plus 2 reserves. Priority will be given to those aged 10 – 18 years of age.

PLACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEAR. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with the FPS office. Email secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk or speak to Katherine at the AGM.

There is a bursary, payable from the Mary & Henderson Dodd Memorial Fund, of £50 for each participant to assist with travelling expenses, provided at least two visits are attended. Again, apply to the Secretary, please.

March 2016

"Learn to Steward" Day

If you've thought of helping at a Society Show but don't know how, try this free day! It will be a practical day with ponies and a master judge, at which you can learn the behind-the-scenes skills of running a showing class. To discuss possible dates and venue please contact Christine Robinson (see our About the FPS page).

Young Persons' Group

In 2014 the Society formed a Young Persons' Group; they organise events for people of all ages who want to learn more about Fell ponies. The committee are all aged 35 & under. For details of group activities please see the YPG page here or chat with them on Facebook.

Conservation Grazing

The Society has a Conservation Grazing committee to promote the use of Fell ponies as native grazers of a managed landscape. The Fell Pony is a historic part of the Cumbrian countryside and well suited to conservation grazing, being easy to manage and inclined to stay away from people even though there may be public access to the land. For more information please contact Eileen Walker or Christine Robinson (see our About the FPS page).