Your Society Needs You!

Your Society Needs You!

It is the time of year that we would like you, as a member of the Dales Pony Society, to think about whether you can help in the successful running of the Society by standing for election to Council. The Society needs people with a range of skills and experience to ensure that it continues to provide services and events that its members want and also to over-see its efficient running. These skills may be, for example, in business management, administration, finance or legislation.
As a Council member you will need to have a strong commitment to the Society’s aims and objectives, and have the necessary time to give to the Society. You will be expected to attend six to eight Council meetings a year, held in Barnard Castle. During the summer months Council meetings are held in the evening and during the winter months during the day at a weekend. You will also be expected to help at Society events, such as stewarding at a show or helping set up the room for the AGM.
As a Council member you will also be a Director of a Company Limited by Guarantee, and a Trustee of a Registered Charity. To be eligible you must not have been disqualified as a Director of any other company, have an unexpired criminal record, or be a declared bankrupt.
If you feel that you or another member can make a positive contribution to the Society, please find two members to nominate you or nominate a member yourself, with their agreement. Nomination forms will be sent out with the Summer Show schedule. Once you have decided to stand for election, you will need to prepare a personal statement explaining why you believe you will be an asset to the Society as a Council member. Your personal statement, along with those of other people standing for election, will be sent out to the membership with voting forms, with the result of the ballot being announced at the AGM on 16 November.
If you would like to know more about how the Council works and its member’s responsibilities then please get in touch with Anne Alderson, Chair of Council.

NPS Scotland Summer Show

NPS Scotland Summer Show – Sat 8th June 2019

Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder PH3 1JZ

This year the NPS Scotland Summer show is returning to their old home of 15 years after a 3 year gap. 


The Secretary writes.

The grounds of the castle are looking fantastic, we have totally revised the timetable and schedule and are hopefully looking forward to a good turnout.

We offer in hand championships for all the native breeds and lovely trophies for each of the NPS Scotland Summer Show Breed Champions.  There are Mountain & Moorland ridden and working hunter classes for everyone and dressage for those who wish to take part.

Please help us support the show.  Non members are most welcome. 

Schedule and entry details are on the website at and any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



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

Dales Despatch – an Omission – Cumbria Fell & Dales

The following was accidentally omitted from the recent Dales Despatch members will have received so is included below with apologies to Hilary & Ellen. 
Cumbria Fell &Dales Pony Show is to be held on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at Jenkinsons Field at Penrith just off the M6 junction 40. There are three Rings running with In Hand, Ridden and Working Hunter Pony Classes for everyone throughout the day.  There are starter walk and trot Classes for those who prefer not to canter and there is starter stakes in the Working Hunter Ring. All three rings have their own Championships with Breed rosettes being awarded. There are NPS Qualifiers on offer in all 3 rings and you do not have to be a Member to qualify.  Cumbria Fell & Dales Pony Show has Breed show status so all NPS qualifying ponies from this Show are eligible to take up their qualification at Malvern.  
The showfield is kindly loaned to us by the Jenkinson Family and it is a super large Field so the rings are a decent size.  A photographer and Catering will be there so you dont need to bring a camera or your lunch if you dont want to!!    
The schedule is out very shortly and you can pre enter or enter on the day at extra cost.  Schedules will be available on the Breed sites and on   
Hope to see you all at Penrith on the Sunday 3rd June!!    Hilary &Ellen

NPS Judges Assessment

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


Applications for this will close on Friday 16th August 2019.

Sherborne Castle Country Fair

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

by email from or downloaded from the website