Urgent from Defra – Equine movements on or around 1 January 2021

Urgent from Defra – Equine movements on or around 1 January 2021

β€œIn the interest of protecting animal welfare, and with the possibility of traffic disruption in Kent after 1st January 2021, Defra would strongly advise equine transporters to consider using vehicles with a combined weight of less than 7.5 tonnes, enabling them to proceed to the Short Straits using the Operation Brock contraflow between J8-9 of the M20.

If you are transporting equines in a vehicle with a combined weight above 7.5 tonnes and there is traffic disruption in Kent, Defra strongly advises against travel and if you do choose to travel you plan your journey carefully, in anticipation of the possibility of delays. These vehicles will not be prioritised to use the Operation Brock contraflow. The animal welfare of equines in transit should be a priority for all equine movements. Make sure that you have the correct authorisations and certifications to transport live animals, find out more here”

Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes International Codes of Practice for 2021

Horserace Betting Levy Board Publishes International Codes of Practice for 2021

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has published the 43rd edition of the Codes of Practice on equine disease, in preparation for the 2021 equine breeding season. These are available online only at codes.hblb.org.uk.  

For more details please see the Policies and Procedures page.

PayPal Service Suspended

PayPal Service Suspended

Please do not use PayPal to pay the Society until further notice. Access to the facility to transfer money from the PayPal account has been suspended by PayPal.

Pony Wanted on Loan for London Based Rare Breeds Project

Pony Wanted on Loan for London Based Rare Breeds Project

Mudchute Park and Farm is a prestigious  Community Farm, Conservation Centre and Equestrian Centre in East London. They would like to build up a riding school of rare breed and native horses and ponies and are looking for a Dales Pony suitable for riding school work on loan to represent the breed. Further information can be found in the attached document and on their website  www.mudchute.org.

If you have a pony you think might be suitable, please contact Tom Davis at Mudchute, email stables_manager@mudchute.org

New Microchip Laws for Ponies Foaled Before 2009

New Microchip Laws for Ponies Foaled Before 2009

From 2009 all foals registered had an implanted microchip, new laws in England (from 01/10/20), Wales (from 12/02/21) and Scotland (from 28/03/21) now require all older horses to be microchipped and passports to be updated. 

Please arrange with your Veterinary Surgeon to implant a microchip in any Dales Pony that you own or are the keeper that requires a microchip and ask them to complete the Microchip Update form attached here. All completed forms need to be sent to the Registration Secretary at the address given on the form.