National Equine Forum – First special interest webinar

From the Organising Committee, National Equine Forum:

Our first special interest webinar, Just in Time – Using Science to Save our Breeds, on Wednesday 13th January 2021 hosted by Eventbrite.

Webinar access for those who DID NOT register for the live event 

Those who did not register to watch the webinar live, but would like to watch it on demand, can register here, tickets cost £5. This link is also available on our website.

Deadline for watching the replay

The replay of the webinar will be live until 23:59 on Monday 1st February 2021.

Future events

The Great Weight Debate (Equine), taking place at 7pm on Wednesday 27th January 2021, is our second special interest webinar. Tickets can be purchased here.

The 29th National Equine Forum takes place at 10am on Thursday 4th March 2021 (#NEF21), ticket details will be circulated via our e-newsletter. Please click here to subscribe if you’d like to be kept up to date.

Thank you!

Thank you for your support of the National Equine Forum.

Questions about the event?

Contact the organiser

2021 South of England Show

2021 South of England Show

Elizabeth Crockford, Livestock and Events Executive, South of England Agricultural Society, writes:

After careful consideration and debate, it is with a heavy heart that the decision has been  taken by the SEAS Chairman and Board of Trustees to cancel all Equestrian showing classes at the 2021 South of England Show.  Having deliberated over the Covid restrictions required  on running equestrian showing classes (as stated in the Showing Council Blueprint) along with the financial impact of holding  classes with a shortfall in the usual sponsorship and the infrastructure costs, it was felt that for this year the South of England Show would only  run showjumping classes for the three days and a reduced livestock section.

This decision has not been taken lightly and it is the intention of the SEAS Chairman and  Trustees for the 2022 South of England Show to revert back to its usual format.

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

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

“In 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.

National Survey of UK Equine Wildness

National Survey of UK Equine Wildness

David Murray is conducting a national survey of UK Equine Wildness. All UK Native Pony Societies and Associations have been contacted.

If you would like more details then please read the attached letter and to take part, the survey questionnaire is attached here in Word or .pdf format.

AGM Voting

AGM Voting

Thank you to all the members who returned the voting forms. For the record, 53 valid voting papers were received, with no spoilt papers, meeting the required quorum of 30. Voting was as follows:

Resolution 1 – Adopt the minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting as a true and accurate record

For 50, Against 0, Abstain 3

Resolution carried.

Resolution 2 – Adopt the accounts of financial year ending 31 August 2020

For 53, Against 0, Abstain 0

Resolution carried.

Resolution 3 – That the Council should appoint the Reporting Accountant and at a remuneration to be fixed by the Council

For 52, Against 0, Abstain 1

Resolution carried.

There were no questions, comments or clarifications raised, so this concludes the formal business of the AGM for 2020.

Dales Pony Society 2020 AGM

Dales Pony Society 2020 AGM

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and associated restrictions, the Society has considered how to proceed with the Annual General Meeting which clearly cannot go ahead in its usual format. In accordance with Company law, the Society is required to hold an AGM, but this does not need to be on a face to face basis as long as Members are given the opportunity to be presented with the various reporting documents, ask questions and vote on necessary resolutions. In the interests of ensuring members safety, limiting travel and abiding by local lockdown requirements the decision has been made to hold the 2020 AGM by post. The AGM meeting which was to be held in Barnard Castle on Saturday 14th November is therefore cancelled.

AGM documents and a Resolution Voting Form will be sent out with the Autumn Dales Despatch in the next few days. The Voting Form should be returned to the General Secretary no later than 5pm on 14th November 2020. Email scans or photos of the Voting Form are acceptable as well as by post, but the form must be signed to be valid.

Questions, comments or clarification required about any of the documents, or any other business to be considered by Council should be submitted to the General Secretary and clearly marked AGM, either by post or by email. A special page has been created on the DPS website for this (available from Quick Links) and all questions, comments and clarifications will be uploaded to it with a response from Council if appropriate. Please note that this page will be available to both DPS members and the general public and will close on 14th November at 5pm.

Jill Graham
General Secretary
dpsgensec@gmail.com