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Judges Refresher Day

Open to Panel Judges, to Probationer Judges and anyone interested in becoming a Judge.

At Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria. CA11 0AH on Sunday 15th April 2018, 10.30am to 3pm.

The Fell Pony Society and The Northern Dartmoor Group have joined together to organise a Judges’ refresher day to remind Judges and other interested parties on breed type, characteristics and conformation. There will be an extra section on judging a Worker Hunter pony class.

Open to all NPS Mountain & Moorland, BSPS Heritage and Breed Panel Judges, probationary and potential Judges. We also warmly invite anyone who has an interest in our breeds, whether showing inhand/ridden or breeding.

There will be no charge for current Panel or Probationer Judges. Other interested parties are most welcome to attend and a donation of £5, to cover some of the cost, would be most appreciated. Full details and how to apply. 12 Dec 2017

Christmas 2017 - FPS Merchandise - ADDRESS

If you are purchasing merchandise for Christmas would you please send your letters to the OFFICE ADDRESS:

Bank House, Boroughgate, Appleby, Cumbria CA16 6XF

The address shown in the Autumn 2017 Magazine came off an old template and is not correct.

E-mail orders should go to secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk and online payments can be made to the Society as usual.

November 2017

Scottish Equine Breeders Award for 2017

SEBA SCOTTISH BRED HORSE/PONY OF THE YEAR - If you are interested in being considered for SEBA 2017, please apply to the FPS for an application form by 5 January 2018. You will then need to include a photograph of the animal, and a maximum of 150 words of supporting text. Rules for 2017

Nov 2017

Foal Registrations 2017

Applications to register foals should reach the FPS office by 30 November. Applications received in December incur double fees. Applications received after 31 December will be treated as a late registration and will require DNA typing to confirm both sire and dam. November 2017

Donation from H M The Queen

Early in 2017 the organisers of H M The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations contacted the FPS to say that the profits from that event were being divided between several charities of which H M The Queen is patron. The FPS is extremely grateful for this donation which arrived in our bank account after the publication of our spring 2017 magazine. The amount of this charitable donation was £50,000. We were asked to indicate how this would help our Society and in what way we would utilize the donation. Our reply said that the FPS would like to purchase some land but we would ask our members for suggestions on how this money could be used to benefit the whole society and safeguard the future of the Fell pony. This was announced at the AGM in April 2017.

Eileen A Walker Sept 2017

Anyone interested in sponsoring the 2017 breed show, please get in touch by Monday 17 July to be included in the catalogue. For more info, please email Katherine on secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk or Rachael on fpsshowsecretary@hotmail.com
Late entries for the Breed Show up to Saturday 15 July, double fees! Entry form accepted by email and payment by bank transfer.

July 2017

Early call for photographs for the 2019 Fell Pony Society Calendar

This is a call for photos for the 2019 Fell Pony Society calendar. I have already seen some excellent photos of Fell ponies this year. The deadline for submissions remains Monday October 16th  2017. The rules are the same as before with landscape images preferred over portrait images though we are happy to accept a limited number of good portrait images. 

Either digital or hard copy photographic prints can be submitted remembering that digital images have to scale up to the calendar format at 11" x 7"  and so have to be of high resolution (300dpi minimum). 

Professionally taken photographs are eligible providing the photographer is prepared to waive copyright for their inclusion in the calendar. Remember that only two professional photographs can be selected by the judges and that such images cannot be included in the calendar competition. If you do submit a professionally taken photograph please make sure that you identify which photograph it is, together with a waiver statement from the photographer, when you send the image in.

If hard copy prints are submitted they should be accompanied by a SAE if you would like them to be returned. Single digital images can be sent to the following e-mail: g.michaelrichard@yahoo.com or alternatively CDs and photographic prints can be mailed to Michael Goddard, 1 Priest Thorn, Fifehead Neville, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2AQ. Can I ask that you do not send more than three images per person and that if you are sending them via e-mail that you either send each image attached to a single e-mail i.e. three photos, three e-mails; or alternatively send the images via a Drop Box. Please name your digital files with the name of the pony rather than the long digit file number recorded on your camera as this makes recording and filing of your entry so much easier for me and for our Secretary. 

Looking forward to receiving your entries showing off our most fantastic breed. 
Thank you
Michael Goddard 1 July 2017

Breed Show Sponsorship - 6th August 2017

Is anyone interested in sponsoring a class or championship at the Fell Pony Society breed show in August? Here is a list of package prices. Please do not feel you have to take a 'package', as all sponsorship in any form is greatly appreciated. For more info, please email Katherine on secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk or Rachael on fpsshowsecretary@hotmail.com  Thank you to those who have already sponsored.

29 June 2017

Changes regarding Equine Passports

Changes to the Minimum Operating Standards for PIOs that came into effect from 1 January 2016 state that passports issued prior to 10 June 2004 that have not been updated with a 'section IX' page (usually the back page) are no longer valid.

In these cases owners need to apply for a new passport which must be treated as a duplicate passport application. This includes the completion of a new passport application form with a vet signing to confirm the microchip number.

Council have agreed that a voluntary contribution of £5 per passport be requested to cover cost incurred by the Society including return postage.

If a passport arrives in the office without a section IX, it cannot be returned; a new passport must be applied for and the original will be destroyed, transferring any vaccination records over as applicable.

Above updated 26 May 2016

It is a legal requirement for all horses and ponies to be issued with a passport. Owners and keepers with primary responsibility must ensure their horses are correctly identified and be able to produce the passport without delay when required. A horse’s passport must be kept with him at all times.

When purchasing a pony

Check that the pony has been issued with a Fell Pony Society passport, as this confirms that the pony is a registered Fell pony. If an older pony has an ID-only passport, please check with the FPS office who will be able to confirm whether the pony is registered or not.

Please check that the pony and the passport match and if necessary get the microchip in the pony scanned prior to purchase.

If in any doubt and it is important to you that the pony is registered, we would suggest that you contact the office prior to purchase. This may prevent a problem that we cannot resolve later.

For urgent passport information please call 07511 728246 (Grassroots backup for urgent passport related questions only). All other enquiries should come to the FPS office.

It is a legal requirement for a new owner to register a change of ownership with the relevant Passport Issuing Office within 30 days of the change.

In the event of death of any horse, the passport must be returned to the issuing P.I.O. for cancellation within 30 days of death. The passport may be returned on request after cancellation.

Microchips

Only a small percentage of Fell ponies registered with the Society are also recorded with a microchip company. If they are, then their paperwork tells the owner what do if there are any changes, ie ownership or death, but there is usually a charge and the Society does not do it for them.

If owners have transferred ownership though the Society then the microchip is automatically recorded on the database (link below) for that pony and FPS can verify it to anyone who asks, including Trading Standards, DEFRA, Police etc.

Also note that it is illegal for someone to sell any horse/pony without a passport.

updated 10 March 2016

Grassroots Equine ChipChecker

Currently the UK has no central equine database, so this is causing problems tracing the ownership details if an equine is recovered and found to have a microchip. Grassroots, the pedigree software organisation has set up an Equine ChipChecker on its website:

http://www.grassroots.co.uk/chipchecker.html

Currently there are 17 PIOs participating – American Quarter Horse, British Appaloosa, Cleveland Bay, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor, Donkey Breed, Erisakay, Exmoor, Fell, Hackney, Haflinger, Irish Draught, New Forest, Scottish Sports Horse, Shetland , Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK- and a total of 188,568 (to date) equine records is searched, by entering a full microchip number or a full UELN. If a match is found, the issuing PIO is given, with the Alive/Dead status, colour, sex, DOB and microchip number. This round the clock, open access facility should help greatly, until Defra gets a new central equine database up and running next year, as required in the new passport legislation.

6 March 2014

Elections - FPS President

In every second year the Society shall elect a member of the Society to be President for a period of two years. The President shall be an ex-officio member of the Council. No person shall be appointed to the office of President unless notice has been given to the Secretary of the Society before 1st January preceding the Annual General Meeting of the intention to propose that person for appointment together with a notice signed by that person signifying his or her willingness to be appointed. Election shall be by a poll. A returning President shall not be eligible for re-election as President for two years after his or her term of office.

Elections - Chairman and Vice Chairman:

The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Society shall be members of the Council and shall be elected by the Council by a poll at the next Council meeting after the Annual General Meeting in each year. Nominations to be made in writing, forms available from FPS Secretary, and should be submitted to the FPS office by 21 April.

28 June 2017

Conservation Grazing Opportunity

The Fell Pony Society has been given the opportunity to provide ponies to graze a site at RSPB Geltsdale, near Brampton in Cumbria beginning May 2017.  This is initially a three year project that may be extended if successful.

The site is suitable for 1yr & 2yr old colts and 2yr & 3yr old geldings.  Ponies must remain on this extensive site all year round without any supplementary feed.

Ponies must be handled and used to being led because the access is over a ford and across a field which is unsuitable for motor vehicles.  There are no public rights of way across this site although it is described as open access.

Please contact the FPS Office (secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk) to express your interest and obtain a map and application form.  FPS Chairman Eileen Walker (07990521205), and FPS Council Member Barry Mallinson (07393506100) have visited the site and are available to discuss any queries you may have.

Eileen A Walker 20 April 2017

Horse Transport Survey

Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA), The British Horse Society (BHS) and The Horse Trust are working together to identify ways in which horse transport can be made safer in the UK. They are seeking information via a survey (details on the link):

https://ntusurvey.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/equine-transport-survey-individuals

17 May 2017

THE FELL PONY SOCIETY CELEBRATES £2500 GIFT FROM THE PATRON'S FUND

The Fell Pony Society is celebrating after receiving a £2500 gift from The Patron's Fund, the charitable fund set up to acknowledge the work of the charitable organisations for which Her Majesty The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Around £750,000 has been distributed between nearly 300 charities and other organisations in the UK and the Commonwealth.  The Fund received generous donations from a range of supporters; including individual donors, businesses, schools, community groups and the proceeds from The Patron’s Lunch, the event on the Mall in June 2016.

We are honoured and delighted to have Her Majesty The Queen as our Patron and the FPS Council are arranging that this funding is used to purchase a heavy duty marquee and special display materials that can be used at equine events throughout the country to help raise awareness of the Fell pony breed.  

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Patron’s Fund said: 'The Patron's Fund is very pleased to be able to support the Fell Pony Society with its valuable work.  The Society is among hundreds of organisations for which The Queen acts as Patron which, between them, make a difference to causes and communities in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth.'

Eileen A Walker 11 March 2017

Reminder to Breeders re old printed forms

Old print forms cannot be accepted, so please do not submit forms issued prior to 1 January 2016.

Stallion service books should have been returned to the FPS Office, or coverings submitted online, by 31 December.

Service Books / notifications of coverings online that are received late, will require the foal to be DNA typed to confirm the sire.

January 2017

SEBA Awards 2016

If you are interested in being considered for the SEBA (Scottish Equine Breeders Award) 2016, please apply to the FPS for an application form by 10 January 2017.

30 Nov 2016

FPS Promotions Team Nominated for Countryside Alliance Award

The FPS Promotions Team has been nominated for a Countryside Alliance Award in the Tourism category. Please add your nomination if you can. http://www.countrysideallianceawards.org.uk/caa/

Nominate them as "The FPS Promotions Team" and use the contact details of the Society office, Bank House, Boroughgate, Appleby,
Cumbria CA16 6XF, Tel/Fax: 0 17683 53100.

Nominations close on 11th November so don't delay!
7 Nov 2016

The FPS 200 Club Ends

Council have decided that the 200 club will cease at the end of October 2016, as it has been running with many less than 200 members for some time. The last draw for September and October will take place at the 'Promise Auction and Supper' on Sat 15th October. We would like to thank everyone who has given their support over the years.

It may be that you have paid for draws beyond October 2016 - if you would like a refund, please either apply to Tracey Mallinson email tracykirkby@btinternet.com  or the FPS office email secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk. Alternatively the outstanding money will be treated as a donation.

Thanks again for your support.

Tracey
200 club promoter

15th October 2016 (Saturday) 7pm—Supper followed by Auction of Gifts and Promises, Stoneybeck Inn, Nr Penrith, CA11 8RP

Offers of gifts and promises - please contact The FPS office, tel: 017683 53100, email secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk

TICKETS are £12.50 each from the FPS office - still a few left.

Ticket purchases, Promises, Gifts and BIDS can be made any time up to the night of the auction on Saturday 15th.

29 Sept 2016

Early call for photographs for the 2018 Fell Pony Society Calendar

This is an early call for photos for the 2018 Fell Pony Society calendar since I know that there must be some excellent photos already out there. We have had good weather for both the Stallion and Breed Shows and also for other events such as the Fell Pony parade at Windsor and Fell Pony camps. The deadline for submissions remains Monday October 17th 2016. The rules are the same as before with landscape images preferred over portrait images though we are happy to accept a limited number of good portrait images.
 
Either digital or hard copy photographic prints can be submitted remembering that digital images have to scale up to the calendar format at 11" x 7"  and so have to be of high resolution (300dpi minimum).

Professionally taken photographs are eligible providing the photographer is prepared to waive copyright for their inclusion in the calendar. Remember that only two professional photographs can be selected by the judges and that such images cannot be included in the calendar competition. If you do submit a professionally taken photograph please make sure that you identify which photograph it is, together with a waiver statement from the photographer, when you send the image in.

If hard copy prints are submitted they should be accompanied by a SAE if you would like them to be returned. Single digital images can be sent to the following e-mail: ProfBarbaraBrown@aol.com or alternatively CDs and photographic prints can be mailed to Barbara Dunne, West Briscoe, Baldersdale, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 9UP, U.K. Tel 01833 650059 Can I ask that you do not send more than three images per person and that if you are sending them via e-mail that you either send each image attached to a single e-mail i.e. three photos, three e-mails or alternatively send the images via a Drop Box facility as our internet speed is not that good in the North Pennines. Please name your digital files with the name of the pony rather than the long digit file number recorded on your camera as this makes recording and filing of your entry so much easier for me and for our Secretary.

Looking forward to a bumper year for entries as so many excellent images have been posted on social media this year.

Barbara Dunne 17 August 2016

DVD of Windsor 'Guard of Honour'

The DVD of our Fell Ponies' wonderful day out, as 'Guard of Honour' to Her Majesty, is available from the Society office and will also be for sale at the FPS Southern Show, the autumn Social, and the FPS Sale. £15 plus £1.50 P&P (within UK postal system; for overseas postage rates, please enquire).

8 August 2016

'Guard of Honour' at Windsor Castle, July 2016 - Update

The Fell Pony Society is delighted to have been invited to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.  At a private event, devised and organised by FPS President Mary Longsdon MBE, a Guard of Honour of 90 Fell ponies and riders will escort Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip as they drive through the private grounds of Windsor Castle in July 2016. The Guard of Honour ride will be followed by a barbecue hosted by the governor of Windsor Castle.

Miss Longsdon is at pains to point out that the invitation to attend was made to the Fell Pony Society, of which HM The Queen is Patron; invitations were not made to individuals. Members of the Society were then asked to apply to join the Guard of Honour via the Society Office.

All applicants to take part in the Guard of Honour are currently being background-checked for this private event and security will be high.  Applications have very much exceeded the 90 required so it is probable that not all who applied will be able to attend the barbecue.  No spectators will be allowed into the event, but permission has been obtained for the Guard of Honour to be filmed and a DVD will be available from the Society later in the year.

Windsor Castle have requested NO PUBLICITY until after the event.

8 June 2016

'Guard of Honour' at Windsor Castle, July 2016

We are delighted to announce that H M The Queen would like to see all the Fell ponies who have applied to take part in the 'Guard of Honour' in July. If your cheque has been cashed, you are on the list, which has been sent to Windsor Castle to be security checked.

All ponies will be presented to H M The Queen after the 'Guard of Honour'. H M The Queen and her pony Carltonlima Emma will be presented with the Lownthwaite Rob Trophy while all the ponies, riders and guests are present.

Unfortunately BBQ tickets have been limited so these will be allocated on a first come basis once you have clearance from Windsor Castle. We have been informed that clearance may take up to six weeks so the allocation will not take place until mid June.

Exciting times are ahead so please organise your transport and accommodation if needed. We will need vehicle registration numbers to authorise gate passes.

Eileen A Walker (FPS Chairman)

6 May 2016

RBST Breed Status

The Society has received written confirmation from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust that the Fell pony has moved to Vulnerable (Category 3) for 2016.

The RBST currently uses data from 2 years prior to the Watchlist publication year, so 2016’s status reflects 2014’s number of filly foal registrations.

May 2016

Model Supports the FPS

Breyer, the USA company that produces horse models, has introduced a new one of a Fell pony named "Carltonlima Emma" after the pony that HM The Queen rides. Breyer are kindly donating a proportion of their sales to the Society. https://www.breyerhorses.com/carltonlima-emma

April 2016

Reminder: Foal registration forms
and stallion service books

Foal registration forms should be submitted to the office by 30 November, to avoid double fees in December.

NOTE! Do not use the current registration form if it will arrive in the office after 31 December '15, before checking with the office.

Stallion service books should be returned to the FPS Office, or coverings submitted online, by 31 December.

Service Books / notifications of coverings online that are received late, will require the foal to be DNA typed to confirm the sire.

12 November 2015

MERCHANDISE

See our Merchandise page for Fell pony themed goods.

12 May 2016

Breed Show 2016 - change of day

The FPS Breed Show will be on SUNDAY 7th August 2016 at Dalemain, Penrith, Cumbria.

18 November 2015

'The Fell Pony Society Breeders Award - Drybarrows Trophy'

All In Hand exhibits at the FPS Stallion & Colt Show, the FPS Breed Show and FPS Southern Show, will automatically be entered for the above award, presented annually in memory of Chris Thompson and donated by the Thompson family.

The award will be calculated on a points basis and presented at the AGM. If you do not wish to be included in the award then please advise the FPS office by 30 September.

16 September 2015

Fell Pony Promotions

I'm looking to obtain good quality photos that can be used for Fell pony promotion in 2016. I would love to get a wide range of recent pictures showing that Fells are versatile in any discipline! If they were taken by professionals I would also require any permission necessary to use them. Very 'old' photos that you may have would also be brilliant. Please send them to fpsshowsecretary@hotmail.com or I will be at the Sale to collect any. I would prefer good quality copies but if you can only provide originals I will of course give these back to you after copies are taken. Thanks in anticipation. Rachael Brunskill xx

12 October 2015

 

Parelli Natural Horsemanship Interactive Area at HOYS

Grandstand Media have invited the Society to take part in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship Interactive Area at HOYS 7th to 11th October. The Quick family have kindly agreed to take part and set up and man an information stand for the Society. This includes a Fell Pony taking part in the Parelli demonstrations, and a promotional area for the Society, where posters etc can be displayed along with leaflets but no merchandise can be sold. If you’re visiting HOYS this year please go along and support the Society.

16 September 2015

Fell pony Champions

Penny Randall's Townend Skylark was Supreme Champion Horse at Skelton Show on 4th July and Phillipa Coates' Littletree Bessie Bell was Reserve Supreme Champion Horse at Penrith Show on 25th July. This is over all breeds, large and small!

More Supreme Champions will be listed in the Autumn 2015 Magazine - let's stop being bashful about these wonderful ponies!

31 July 2015

 

Holiday Accommodation after Floods!

One of our members has kindly offered her holiday cottage to someone who would benefit from getting away from a mess following the floods, in March or early April. It’s located in the Somerset/Dorset border and would only require a contribution towards the electric. The cottage sleeps 5, is in rural countryside and on high ground!

If anyone is interested in taking up this kind and generous offer then please contact the Society office, by email secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk, to put you in touch with the owner.

27 January 2016

Social Media Policy 2016

The Society has put a policy in place about the use of Social Media with reference to Fell Ponies. It is also linked from the Regulations Page.

11 January 2016

FELL PONY EVENTS 1995 – 1997 DVD

Jo Exley has kindly put together Fell Pony events from 1995-1997 on a DVD. (It is of footage with no audio.)
It's available from the FPS office - £5 plus £1.50 p&p. All profits to the Fell Pony Society.

11 June 2015

Show Sponsorship Packages

We are looking for potential sponsors for both the breed show & stallion Show. Details of the packages in this document. Please get in touch with Rachael Brunskill, fpsshowsecretary@hotmail.com, tel: 07990 606 362.

14 April 2015

Statement by the Fell Pony Society Council

Council confirm that action taken by the Society's Secretary in relation to informing the Competent Authority, Trading Standard Office, is the correct procedure to follow when there has been a breach of the Regulations, particularly in relation of the failure of a new owner to update owner details within 30 days, as per the Minimum Operating Standards published by Defra, that came into effect from 1 February 2014.

17 March 2015

New Promotional Leaflet

We have taken delivery of 2,500 new leaflets promoting the Fell Pony and its uses. We applied for a Community Grant from ScotMid Co-op (Lakes and Dales, based in Penrith) and we are delighted that they have funded the printing in full.

If you know of a tourist or equine outlet that would display these leaflets (remind them that the FPS is a charity!) please get in touch with the office and come to collect some.

FPS leaflet

You can preview the full leaflet here.

29 September 2014

 

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