Good News – Dales Pony Festival

Good News – Dales Pony Festival

We are all hoping that any outstanding government restrictions with respect to Covid-19 will allow the Dales Pony Festival to go ahead on 26 June 2021 at the Richmond Equestrian Centre.

It has been decided to amalgamate the majority of the classes from the Spring Show with those already planned for the Festival by making use of four rings.

The schedule and timetable will be sent out to all members with the Spring Dales Despatch.

NPS Scotland Native Pony Discussion Evenings

NPS Scotland Native Pony Discussion Evenings

NPS Scotland are delighted to announce a series of Native Pony Discussion Evenings starting on Tuesday 23rd February with the Highland Ponies.

The evenings will start at 7.30pm running for approx. a half hour covering the breed type, characteristics, conformation, and show production with a question-and-answer time at the end.

We are delighted to have some of the best judges, breeders, and producers in the country to share their knowledge at these evenings which start with


DATE            @7.30pm BREED PRESENTER
Tuesday    23rd February Highland Mrs Jo Jack (Craiglaw Stud)
Tuesday      2nd March Dales Richard Telford
Tuesday      9th March Welsh Section C’s & D’s David Blair (Waxwing Stud)
Tuesday    16th March New Forest Miss Pat Rennie  (Lomondside Stud)
Tuesday     23rd March Connemara Mrs Jane Somerset (Tesremos Stud)
Tuesday     30th March Fell TBC
Tuesday       6th April Dartmoor TBC
Tuesday     13th April Exmoor Mrs Jill Graham  (Kebroyd Stud)
Tuesday     20th April Shetland Mrs Sarah Ross MRCVS (Transy Stud)
Tuesday     27th April Welsh Section A’s & B’s Tom Best (Waxwing Stud)
Tuesday       4th May Riding & Hunter Ponies Mrs Marie Clare Nimmo (Duntarvie Stud)

These evenings are open to everyone, and we would encourage members, competitors and in particular all potential and current Young Judges to attend. 

Everyone interested should email to express interest.  They will be emailed a copy of the breed characteristics to print off and look over along with the zoom login details.

Look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you at the event.

British Dressage – Elite Equine Associated Championship 2021

British Dressage – Registration for the 2021 Elite Equine Associated Championships is now open!

Show off our breed with pride & aim for the Elite Equine Associated Championships this year! Register your interest in competing to receive all of the latest competition information from British Dressage:

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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  

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

If you have a pony you think might be suitable, please contact Tom Davis at Mudchute, email