2022 Performance Points Awards

Huge Congratulations to all those who entered the 2022 Performance Points awards; we are delighted to bring you the results below. They can also be found on the Results page. 

Rosettes and trophies will be presented at the 2022 AGM held on the 12th November at Barnard Castle.

Thank you also to Sarah Evans who organises these awards every year on behalf of the Society. 

2022 Dales Points Results

HOYS 2022 – a “Major” win for a young stallion

Dales stands Supreme at HOYS 2022

There was a historic moment for the Dales pony this year when 5-year-old Dales Stallion Griseburn Major owned and ridden by Joseph Watson, bred by Helen and Andrew Horn, took the Overall Supreme M&M at the NPS/Baileys M&M Final at Horse of The Year Show. This charming young stallion in his first Open season won a seventeen strong Dales final on the Wednesday morning before sparkling his way to victory in the main arena under the spotlights in the Overall Championship on Thursday 6th October judged by Mrs M C Nimmo and Mrs J Jack. Joseph and his partner Rob McIvor purchased Major directly from his breeders as a 3-year-old; he is by Wolsey Viking out of Tarbarl Kate Boss.

Second in the Dales final was the Pennell family and their homebred 7-year-old stallion Nipna Midnight Rambler – by Nipna Invictus out of Nipna Damask Rose this was Rambler’s second visit to the final ridden by Sarah Parker. They also finished second in 2021.

Third was another first-time visitor bred by the Griseburn stud – this time Gillian Simpsons’ 6-year-old Griseburn Lester (Wolsey Viking x Westwick Ginny) ridden by Aimee Devane. Fourth was Nipna Mighty Oak (Lowhouses Black Magic x Tarbarl Peggy Macdonald) owned by Amanda Jones and ridden by her daughter Leah May. Fifth was Mighty Oaks’ full sister Nipna Lavender Lady owned by Paul Davis and ridden by Imogen Davis. Both bred by the Pennell family. Sixth belonged to regular finalist the 10-year-old Tarbarl Luke at Me (Carrock Billy Boy x Tarbarl Polly) bred by Mr Michael Stonehouse and owned by Ella Morris. Seventh was the fourth pony from the Nipna Stud – this time Nipna Kitty O’Day (Lowhouses Black Magic x Tarbarl Peggy Macdonald) owned still by the stud ridden by Tayla Lewis and eighth was Thornville Pearl, here on her second visit to the final. Pearl is a 10-year-old bred by Mr T Sharp by Rosebarr Monarch out of Thornville Gem and is owned and ridden by Kate Paskins. Finally taking the ninth placing of the seventeen forward was Langrigg Thomas owned by Sarah Weston and ridden by Cassie Regan. Thomas is bred by DPS Vice-Chair Mr E Coulthard and is again by Wolsey Viking and out of Waterside June.

Congratulations to all seventeen Dales pones that qualified for the final, it is the most ever qualified in one year and shows the strength of the breed taking many of the mixed qualifiers as well as the Dales only ones.

There were four ponies bred by Lowhouses Black Magic in the final and this earnt him the HOYS accolade of Dales Pony Sire of the Year and there were also five ponies bred by the Pennell family (Nipna Stud) They were presented with the Dales Pony Breeder of the Year title at a lovely awards ceremony on the Thursday evening at the show kindly sponsored by the Leeman family.

Junior Final

Friday saw the UK Horse and Pony M&M Junior final; a mixed class of some twenty-five entered there were six Dales ponies forward. One of the most competitive sections to qualify for around the country congratulations must go to the young jockeys and their ponies – all are under 18-year-old and did an excellent job for the breed. The highest placed Dales was Sarah Westons’ Langrigg Thomas ridden by 15-year-old Izzie Kinvig in third and hot on her heels in fourth was Nipna Kitty O Day and Charlotte Caulfield. Seventh place in the final was taken by Tarbarl Luke at Me owned by Ella Morris and ridden by Libby Grota. The other finalists must get a mention; Byersgreen Alfie ridden by Amy Forsdyke, Nipna Lavender Lady and Imogen Davis and Tarbarl Major Tom and Phoebe Prater.

Photos – click to enlarge! 

Below is the video from Major’s Lap of Honour



DPS Annual Supper Dance

The DPS Annual Supper Dance will be held at Barnard Castle Cricket Club on Friday 11th November from 7pm. With a pie and pea supper along with music from DJ Miles Chapman, it is always a great sociable night. 

Tickets can be purchased from TicketSource using the following link; we would prefer tickets to be purchased this way for ease of admin but if any problems please contact Stephen Longstaff on 07817613026



DPS Points Competition – New prizes!

DPS Points Competition 2022.

This year the Dales Pony Society has very kindly donated 3 numnahs as prizes. There is a white dressage square for the top dressage score, a merlot coloured numnah for best show ridden score and a merlot coloured numnah for best non performance ridden score.

These are all embroidered with the DPS logo which has been done by Lynette Morrison at Tailored For You.

Additionally there are lots of trophies and rosettes in all sections of the competition.

There is also a goodie bag for every competitor which is donated by Sarah Evans which has treats for you and your pony.

All awards are presented at the AGM.

For details on how to enter please see the Points Competition page here! 

Scottish Native Pony Roadshow

Scottish Native Pony Roadshow Sunday 18thSeptember


After much thought the organising committee have decided that the Scottish Native Pony Roadshow due to take place at Champfleurie Equestrian on Sunday September 18th will go ahead as planned. The loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after a reign lasting 70 years during which she selflessly devoted herself to her people wherever in the world they might be is a time of great sadness and reflection. However we felt that she would have wanted us to go ahead and promote the native pony breeds she thought so much about.


In honour of our late Queen we ask that you wear a black armband or tie if you are attending the event. We will be observing one minute’s silence at the start of the day, and a senior member of the Highland Pony Society will say a few words.


We would also like to offer our sincere condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family at this very sad time.


Her Majesty The Queen

The Dales Pony Society extends its deepest sympathy to the Royal Family following the loss of Her Majesty the Queen.

The Society is very grateful to Mark and Helen Snowden of the Essicroft Stud who were able to lay flowers and a card on behalf of the Dales Pony Society and it’s members at Balmoral this week 



NPS Great Inhand Show

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Entries close on Wednesday 14th September for the Great British In Hand Show.

Each breed has a Breed Supreme Championship in the evening performance, from which the 16 Breed Supremes go forward to contest the Overall Supreme of Show, with prize money right the way down the line.

The champion and reserve pony from the breed classes and the champion and reserve from the breed semi finals, will contest the Breed Supreme.

There are also the Catalyst Capital Owner Breeder and the Home Produced Championships taking part in the evening performance.

Some examples of the different classes you can enter: If you have a 5yo home produced Connemara stallion you could enter Class 6, Connemara Stallion class and also Class 106 Home Produced M*M Large Breeds 4yo & Over.

If you have a British Riding Pony yearling that you show in SHP classes, who has won an NPS silver medal during the year then you could enter both Class 65 (SHP Yearling) and Class 88 (SHP Youngstock semi final) – giving you two chances of getting into the Breed Supreme.

Online entry system and schedule can be downloaded here

Great British In Hand Show

NPS Scotland Summer Show

NPS Scotland Summer Show – Sat 8th June 2019

Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder PH3 1JZ

This year the NPS Scotland Summer show is returning to their old home of 15 years after a 3 year gap. 


The Secretary writes.

The grounds of the castle are looking fantastic, we have totally revised the timetable and schedule and are hopefully looking forward to a good turnout.

We offer in hand championships for all the native breeds and lovely trophies for each of the NPS Scotland Summer Show Breed Champions.  There are Mountain & Moorland ridden and working hunter classes for everyone and dressage for those who wish to take part.

Please help us support the show.  Non members are most welcome. 

Schedule and entry details are on the website at www.npsscotland.co.uk and any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.