The Society has published some new showing guidelines which are found on the Showing Guidelines page
DPS BREED STAND IS GOING TO HOYS.
The society breed stand will be at HOYS for the week and we are in need of some from our members to help man the stand. The hours you will be needed are 9am-1pm and/or 2.30pm-6.30pm. The days we need help on are Saturday 5th October and Sunday 6th October. You will receive a wristband for the shopping village which is where the breed stand will be based.
If you are interested in helping or want any more information please contact Sarah Evans on 07860374570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new advert was placed on the DPS Sales list – 03/04/2018
The National Pony Society (NPS) bi-annual Assessment Day will be held on Sunday 22nd September 2019 at the Stanley Grange Stud, North Yorkshire, TS9 6QD by kind permission of Mr Jerome Harforth. The Assessment Day is open to the first thirty applications on a first come, first serve basis; if applications warrant, there will be a waiting list.
You can apply for:
- Riding Pony & Hunter Pony Panel
- Mountain & Moorland Panel
For an Application Form and Guidance Notes please refer to the NPS website http://www.nationalponysociety.com/assessment-scheme/
Applications for this will close on Friday 16th August 2019.
The organisers of Sherborne Country Fair & Rare Breeds show have asked us to post the following as it may be of interest to members;
Sherborne Castle Country Fair and Rare Breeds Show
Location: Sherborne Castle, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR
Date: Bank holiday Monday 27 May 2019
Sheep: Primitive, Shetlands, Heath/Hillbred, Portland, Shortwool, Longwool, Wool on the Hoof, Fleeces, Young handler, Friendliest Lamb
Pigs: Berkshire/Large Black, British Lop/Large White/Middle White/British Landrace/Welsh, Saddleback, Tamworth, Gloucester Old Spot/Oxford Sandy and Black, Young Handler, Kune Kune
Cattle: Rare and Traditional, Dexters, young handlers
Horses: Heavy horses, light horses, ponies, young handlers
Schedules/entry forms from: Ruth Summerley, 4 Watercombe Lane, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2ED Tel 01935 428405
Following consultation within Council this recommendation has been made for prospective exhibitors at the Spring Show.
It is strongly recommended that ponies travelling to shows are vaccinated, but vaccination as a condition of entry will not be required.
Emma Sutton is a 3rd year student at Reaseheath College and is conducting an honours research project on the prevalence of metabolic and exercise related disorders in large breed native ponies competing across different disciplines.
The aims of her research are:
- To establish the prevalence of metabolic disorders in British large breed native ponies.
- To establish the prevalence of disorders linked to exercise intensity in British large breed native ponies.
- To establish whether specific disciplines predispose British large breed native ponies to certain disorders
Could all Dales pony (and other large breed owners) take the time to fill in her questionaire here to help with her research project
BEF Advice after Equine Flu Outbreak.
The full article can be found here https://www.bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=equine-flu-outbreak
Following British Horseracing’s decision to cancel all racing today (7 February) the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is closely monitoring the situation. Veterinary experts have advised that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time, but we will issue a further update once the full extent of the outbreak is known.
In the meantime, we recommend that all owners follow the guidelines below as a precaution and ensure that all vaccinations are fully up to date. If your horse is currently vaccinated, we recommend a booster if it has been longer than 6 months since your horse’s last vaccination.
Actions for owners to take:
It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature,
cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.
If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.
It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice.
We advise that horses are vaccinated with a booster for equine flu with a vaccine that contains the Florida Clade 1. There are two such vaccines currently licensed in the UK, ProteqFlu and Equilis Prequenza. If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.
The BEF also has guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and is urging owners to take the necessary precautions to avoid their horses becoming infected.
The DPS Spring Stallion show – including the BSPS Olympia semi-final qualifier – schedule and entry form can now be found on the events page