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The Society maintains its own stud book and registers, and licenses all approved Dales Pony Stallions. It runs a Spring and a Summer breed show, a Performance show, an Annual Points Scheme, a Midlands show, a Southern show, an East Anglian show, an Annual Pleasure Ride and an Annual Driving Rally. A newsletter is published for Members in the Spring and Autumn.
Patron - HRH the Prince of Wales
Supported by a grant from the Horserace Betting Levy Board
The Events page now includes affiliated and potential affiliated shows.
Please make yourself aware of changes in legislation relating to the issue and updating of equine passports that came into effect on 1 February 2014. Defra has informed the Society that further changes will be made this year and in 2016 to the format of passports and to the minimum operating standards for organisations, such as the Dales Pony Society, that process equine passports. Please check regularly the new Passports page and the Services page for the most up to date information.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust has re-categorised the Dales pony as it is now on its critical list. To be on the Trust's critical list there must be less than 300 registered breeding females in the UK. The Dales pony was on the critical list ten years ago and for a brief period after the Second World War it was on the brink of extinction.
Worldwide there are now estimated to be just over 1,500 of the breed, with 87 foals born in the UK last year but even fewer in 2013. The number of foals being bred each year is closely monitored, particularly in respect to genetic diversity.
The Society believes that the reclassification simply reflects the sensible approach of breeders to the depressed market and expects to see a gradual increase in numbers bred over the next few years in line with an anticipated improved market.
Update on DPS Young Committee. Please see its page
More details about the NPS Judges conference on Sunday 22 February at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre, West Lothian which may be of interest to our members or officials. Speakers include Equine Vet Mrs V Rowlands who will talk on Limbs - their correctness, faults and consequences and Mrs J Loriston-Clarke on Judging way of going as related to the show ring as well as other subject experts. The day is open to all and is free to judges, equine/vet students and children, all other attendants will be charged a rate of £10 for the day and refreshments will be available on site at additional cost. Please see attached full details.
Cumbria Fell and Dales Warm Up Show on Saturday 21 March 2015. Schedule
Diary date for the Rare Breeds of the Year Show is Saturday 3 October 2015.
Please see attached information regarding two upcoming NPS conferences which may be of interest to judges and members. They will cover a variety of topics from "The Way of Going of Ridden Ponies" to an "In Depth Look at Limbs". The conference in February forms part of an NPS weekend including new judges assessments, the AGM and a traditional Ceilidh held by NPS Scotland. NPS AGM Weekend Information and Catherston Conference Programme
Diary date for the Cumbria Fell & Dales Show is Saturday 30 May 2015.
2015 Points Competition Form available here or on the Society page
Details of the Native Pony Magazine Winter Dressage Performance Championship 2014/15
The HBLB is continuing to support the CEM voucher scheme that was trialled in 2013, to cover the cost of the laboratory fee for testing of stallions that have not previously been tested for CEM. To qualify for the free test, swabs must be taken by a veterinary surgeon. They must be accompanied by the HBLB voucher , attached, completed and signed by both the stud/owner and the vet, and sent to one of the 3 participating labs. The lab will report the results of the test back to the vet and there will be no lab fee for the owner/vet.
Horserace Betting Levy Board Online 2013 Code of Practice at codes.hblb.org.uk
For £10 you can place an advert on the Sales List on the website. This covers 3 months for both the Word document and the website page entry
DNA testing for Foal Immunodeficiency Syndrome (FIS) continues to be available through the Society. Please contact the Secretary for sample bags and arranging the test with the Animal Health Trust. The fee is £50.00 for each test for UK members from 1 January 2012.
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