AGM Notice for Members

AGM Notice and Nomination Form

The AGM Notice and the Nomination Form for proposing members who wish to stand for Council have been sent out  by email for those members who have given the Society permission to use their email addresses.

On 19 July 2022 the notice and form were sent out by post using the Royal Mail for the remaining members.  It would be helpful if more members would be willing to allow the Society to use email, so please consider this by sending an email to with Subject “Email Permission”.

Some email addresses which are recorded on the DPS database were rejected, so if you didn’t get an email or notification by mail, please could you send and email to with Subject “Email Refresh”.

Please find attached the AGM Notice 2022 and Nomination_Form 2022 if, as a member, you wish to copies earlier than those arriving by post.


DPS Honorary Secretary Vacancy

DPS Honorary Secretary Vacancy

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. The Society currently has 430 members, maintains its own stud book and registers, and licenses all approved Dales Pony Stallions. It runs a Spring and a Summer breed show, a Festival show, a Foal show, an Annual Points Scheme, a Southern show, an East Anglian show, occasional Pleasure Rides and Driving Rallies. Newsletters are published for Members during the year.

 The Honorary Secretary is responsible for providing a communication, development and administration service, liaising with an external service provider on pony registrations and Society memberships. Main duties include overseeing the foal registration process, administering the stallion licencing and stallion premium schemes, submitting grant applications, maintaining the Judges lists and training schemes, taking meeting minutes, maintaining and developing breed literature, distributing newsletters and magazines when appropriate, liaising with Area Group Leaders, and updating the website and Facebook pages.

An honorarium of £9,500 per annum is payable, rising to £10,000 on satisfactory completion of 6 months service. The role is self employed and home based. A Society computer and mobile phone will be provided for business use.

 Main Requirements for the role

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact with a wide range of people
  • Excellent experience of all Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Be hard working and conscientious
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise work and work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to problem solve with a proactive approach with the ability to adapt style and approach to achieve effective outcomes
  • Ability to work flexibly with a “can-do” attitude
  • Ability to work confidentially and to treat issues with sensitivity
  • Ability to work to a very high level of accuracy
  • Demonstrate good commercial awareness
  • Able to travel to meetings
  • Have a working knowledge of the Zoom virtual meeting software
  • Have a working knowledge of website and Facebook page maintenance
  • Have a working knowledge of business accounting software

Desirable but not essential

  • Experience of using the Grass Roots database
  • Experience of Xero software
  • Sound knowledge of the Dales Pony breed and history
  • Dales Pony Society Member

Download a full Job Description and Person Specification on these links

To apply for the positions please email a CV and covering letter to Lindsay Knight at The closing date for applications is Tuesday 2nd August 2022 at 9am. Interviews will be held in Barnard Castle on either Tuesday 9th or Wednesday 10th August 2022  (date to be confirmed).

Dales Pony Festival Update

The Dales Pony Festival will be held at the Camden Equestrian Centre on Saturday 25 June 2022.

The closing date has been extended to 14 June and there are new part-bred classes.

See the event for revised schedule and entry form.