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! 

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 dpsgensec@gmail.com 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 dpsgensec@gmail.com 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 wreningham16@yahoo.com. 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).