The Fell Pony Society

Important notices are generally headlined for a short time on the front page. We include information from other U.K. societies here when it is of interest to Fell pony owners.

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Our plans to celebrate the Society's Centenary in 2022 will be posted on the Centenary page as they develop.

Go to the Centenary page

Also look out for information in the FPS Magazine and on our Facebook page.


Important information for all who export live animals to the EU.

Animal Health Regulations (2021) See particularly pages 7 and 12.

Breed Show Accommodation

We have received some enquiries from exhibitors at the Breed Show who are looking for accommodation, stabling for a pony and parking for box etc., for 1 or 2 nights of the Breed Show weekend, 31 July-1 August.
Can anyone accommodate? Please contact FPS Secretary, by email with your contact number - 22 July 2021

Breed Show Sponsorship – 1st August 2021

Your generous sponsorship makes a significant contribution to the running costs of the show, including the hire of toilets and jumps; the provision of Gate Attendants and First Aiders; and the setting up of the show field.

Sponsorship Packages are available as follows:

Gold Xtra - £150
Gold - £55.00
Silver - £45.00
Bronze - £20.00
Full details of what each package provides. 22 June 2021

Enquiries from EU owners and breeders

Following Brexit, 1 January 2021, the Society as a Passport Issuing Office can no longer issue or update passports for Fell Ponies that are in the EU.

We are not permitted to handle:
- EU Transfer of Ownerships
- EU Transfers to Gelding
- EU New Stallion License applications
- EU Passport applications for foals
- EU Late registration applications
- EU Duplicate passport applications
- Overstamping by the Society of passports issued in the EU.

If you live in an EU country please do not send any passports in to the FPS or any payments for the above transactions unless we advise you otherwise.

We are hoping to be able to issue a Certificate/document in the 'overstamping' cases, which would confirm the pony is recognised by the FPS in the UK. We are working with our software provider on this.

We can, however -
- accept FPS membership applications - for new EU members and renewals
- issue stallion service books and accept service details online for EU ponies who have already been issued with a FPS Stallion License
- issue FIS test kits to EU members
- issue DNA test kits to EU members
- issue prefix applications for EU members to register a prefix with the Central Prefix Register

Please be assured that we are still working very hard on trying to find a solution to this issue but it will take some time.

Katherine Wilkinson, Secretary, The Fell Pony Society 6 May 2021

FPS has no connection with FPHT

As a result of a number of enquiries we would like to state that the Fell Pony Society has no connection with the Fell Pony Heritage Trust other than the founder is a member of the Society. None of the FPS Council are trustees of the Trust and although the FPS agrees with some of their objectives (which are identical to those of the FPS) the Society has no other connections. Hopefully this will clear up some of the confusion. 22 April 2021

South Cumbria Show Cancelled

The South Cumbria Fell Pony Show that normally takes place in June at Crooklands has been cancelled for this year, but it is hoped that it will resume in 2022. 22 April 2021


The results of the voting on various items on the Agenda.

163 Voting forms were returned by 10 April 2021.

Ordinary Resolution 1

Adoption of the minutes of the 2019 AGM as a true and accurate record. The majority voted in favour of the resolution with no votes against. 15 abstained.

Ordinary Resolution 2

Adoption of the Accounts for the financial year ending 31 October 2021.

The majority voted in favour of the resolution with no votes against. 12 abstained.

Ordinary Resolution 3

Appointment of Dodd & Co Accountants

The majority voted in favour of the resolution with no votes against. 7 abstained.

Election of President

The majority voted in favour of Mrs S C Morton.

Any Other Business

There were no questions submitted to be dealt with under ‘Any Other Business’.

Katherine Wilkinson
Secretary, The Fell Pony Society
13 April 2021

Result of FPS Council Election 2021

The scrutineer advised that a total of 142 valid voting papers were returned, plus 2 spoilt papers.

Mrs S Millard, Mrs C Robinson, Mr A Thorpe and Mrs E Walker were successfully re-elected to Council.

Miss D Meikle was unsuccessful.

2 April 2021

RBST revises Watchlist

RBST has reviewed its methodology for compiling the Watchlist. The new approach compares effective population size with measures of inbreeding. This gives a more accurate reflection of a breed’s true conservation status.

Historically, RBST has based the Watchlist on registered females. The concern was that, continuing to base RBST’s conservation programme purely on them, without a consideration of the contribution of males, could result in inaccurate conclusions on the breed’s status.

The new approach has now been applied to breed data from the last twenty years to better reflect longer term trends. Breeds are now either “Priority”, “At Risk”, or a “UK native breed” and the information is presented in a simple, colour-coded format.

screenshot of RBST Watch list for equinesPriority breeds represent those breeds of most concern, which are both rare and have increased inbreeding.

At Risk breeds represent those breeds with lower numbers than ideal and with a degree of inbreeding that gives cause for concern.

The Fell Pony is in the RBST's At Risk category.

For full details see the RBST's web site. 7 April 2021

Job Vacancy - Dales Pony Society

The Dales Pony Society, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, is seeking to appoint an Honorary Secretary, reporting to the Chair of Council. Details available here >>> 10 March 2021

EU Exports - Useful information post-Brexit

Export of Animals from Great Britain to European Union: Useful Information – Issue 2, 25 January 2021. 4 February 2021

Membership Fees 2021 - please remember the fee increase

If you pay your membership by Standing Order or Bank Transfer on 1 January and you haven't updated the amount to the correct subscription fee for 2021, please send the balance, and update the Standing order for next year as soon as possible. (Check the amount here on the Membership page.)

Disappointingly very few payments have been updated so far.

We may not have time to send individual reminders as we will be concentrating on processing memberships for those who have sent the correct amount.

Until the balance is paid your membership will remain outstanding and you will not be entitled to the privileges of membership, reduced fees, voting etc.

We appreciate it is a difficult time for everyone and thank you for your continued support. Thank you to those members who have taken the time to update your Standing Order already: your cards will be issued in due course.

4 January 2021


All passports issued by Defra recognized studbooks are now recognized by the EU following Third Country listing (recognition) of the UK and its Defra approved equine Studbooks. The equine should also be registered in an equivalent breeding book in the EU.

For the movement of equines from Great Britain (GB) to Northern Ireland (NI) new measures and procedures come into force from 1 January 2021.

The official advice is not to try to export equines and their breeding products to the EU (or to Northern Ireland) until at least the end of January – due to the lack of import points and to possible delays at Customs. 18 December 2020

FPS membership fees will increase from 1st January 2021

Membership fees for all membership types will increase by £5 (by £10 for Family membership) from 1st January 2021. Fees for the year to 31st December 2020, however, remain the same. Full details are on the Membership page.

21 May 2020

British Equestrian Federation Update

The latest BEF guidance on equestrian-related activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This link opens a document from the BEF, with links to further information: More >>> 21 May 2020

FIS (Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome) Testing Update

FIS testing is voluntary (unless applying for a stallion licence). An owner can therefore source a lab themselves or purchase a kit through the Society.

If purchased through the Society a vet must take the sample and check the identity of the pony by scanning the microchip and checking it against the passport. The result will be forwarded to the owner by email without the Society having sight of it.

If an FIS test is done through another lab and then subsequently either an application is submitted for a stallion licence or the owner wishes to have the result recorded in the passport, then proof will be required – either sight of the certificate or confirmation from the relevant laboratory - that the pony has been tested. A letter will also be required from the vet who took the sample, confirming that the identity/microchip of the pony was also checked. More on the Health page >>> 20 May 2020

Breeding Season – Travelling Mares and Stallions to Stud

Following further advice from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust concerning the effects that COVID 19 movement restrictions have had on the 2020 breeding season for rare breed equines, the Society has produced a protocol and template forms for our breeders to use if they need to travel a mare to a stallion or a stallion to mares for covering during the current restrictions.

Use of this protocol and forms, while not mandatory, is strongly advised in order to comply with current government restrictions on curbing the spread of coronavirus and as evidence of a legitimate controlled journey by the transporter of the mare(s)/stallion if challenged by the authorities.

Download the form and letter and add your own details, print off and carry them with you, and when travelling with your ponies, follow the protocol.

Download Protocol | Download Transport Form | Download Template Transport Letter

All people involved in this protocol must be in good health (absence of clinical signs and with no temperature), not in-contact persons, or vulnerable people at risk.
At this time, if you cannot follow all of this protocol you should not be moving and transporting ponies for breeding purposes. Human health and NHS resources are the priority.

Government publication - full guidance on staying at home and away from others

4 May 2020

Temporary arrangements for FPS Stallion Licensing

Council have made a decision regarding FPS Stallion Licensing in view of the current restrictions due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

• It has been agreed that owners of colts should apply to the Society in the normal way, providing the name and registration number of the colt and the name and address of the vet who will carry out the inspection when restrictions have been lifted, together with the appropriate fee. (See Fees.)
• On receipt of the above by the FPS Office, a Temporary Restricted Stallion Licence will be issued, together with 5 Stallion Service slips, allowing the owner to cover a maximum of 5 mares, to be owned by the colt’s owner only. The colt must not be used until the owner is in receipt of the Temporary Restricted Stallion Licence.
• The DNA & FIS paperwork and sample kits will not be issued to the owner and vet until restrictions have been lifted.

Once restrictions are lifted the owner must have the colt inspected by a vet as soon as is reasonably possible but no later than 31 December 2020 and, if it passes the inspection, samples must be taken by the vet at the same time for DNA typing and FIS testing.

At the time of veterinary inspection:

If the colt passes the veterinary inspection and it is recommended that a licence should be issued, then the passport together with the Temporary Restricted Stallion Licence should be forwarded to the FPS office. On receipt of a satisfactory DNA report and confirmation of FIS testing, a Full Stallion Licence will be issued by the Society and, if time allows, normal covering can be resumed.
If the colt does not pass the veterinary inspection, samples for DNA / FIS should not be taken and the sample kit packets should be returned intact to the Society for a refund. Any resulting foals from the mares covered under the Temporary Restricted Stallion Licence arrangement will be registered in Section X.

Please note this is a temporary arrangement to allow breeding to continue during these extraordinary circumstances, and the rules must be strictly adhered to. 7 April 2020

British Equestrian Federation - Further update

With news due any day from the Government on the continuation of the lockdown period, the BEF has sent a further update to the previous guidance (below) sent earlier this month.

The update contains links to important information from the British Equestrian Veterinary Association about keeping yourself and your vet safe from the virus during treatment of horses; a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on the equine industry; and guidance on transporting horses to and from France. 15 April 2020 More >>>

BEF Guidance on Vaccinations

All competitive disciplines under the BEF umbrella currently operate a requirement for an annual booster every 12 months after an initial course of two injections and the first booster injection. This will remain the case throughout 2020, which means that any horse who goes beyond their annual renewal date will be required to start again. The initial vaccination intervals for primary and booster vaccinations will also remain in place as normal. More >>>

Deadlines for Breeders

· The current Equine Identification regulations require the applications for foal passports to arrive with the Society within 6 months of birth or 30 November whichever is the later. However in addition to the above, FPS regulations require applications to be received by no later than 31 December (irrespective of age) or the application will be treated as late and will require late registration fees and confirmation of the sire and dam by DNA. Double fees may also apply if applications are received during December.

· Service Books / notifications of coverings online must be notified by 31 December in the year of covering; if not, any resulting foal will have to be DNA typed to confirm the sire prior to registration.

When completing stallion service certificates please complete all the details fully, including full name and registration number of stallion and mare and full dates of covering to include at least month and year. Month on its own with no year is unacceptable. 20 November 2019