Prevalence of Metabolic & Exercise related disorders in large breed natives – research.

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

BEF Advice after Equine Flu Outbreak. 

The full article can be found here

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.

Rare Breed Driving Equine Awards

Rare Breed Driving Equine

Many of our best loved horses and ponies are on the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s endangered list, amongst those under threat include the Eriskay, Shire Clydesdale and Hackney.

This award aims to highlight the importance of our rare horse and pony breeds in driving disciplines and at the same time to celebrate their heritage and raise awareness of their plight, while preserving their future through our carriage driving sport.

This award is open to any individual horse or pony on the current Rare Breed Survival Trust Endangered Species list.

If you would like to submit your entry via email please email the name of your horse or pony, what category you’re entering, and your contact details to Please include in this email a word document with your 500-word statement about why your horse or pony should win, and any supporting material. Please also include in the subject line “Carriage Driving Awards Submission”.

Alternatively, you can enter online at

All entries must be in by midnight on Wednesday 4th April 2018

DPS Activities Committee Day – Stallion/Colt Parade, Demos & more.





8th April 2018

Richmond Equestrian Centre

Commencing 10am.

  • Parade of Stallions and Colts registered with the DPS
  • Demonstrations of Working Hunter, Side-Saddle and Driving Ponies
  • Gymnastic Polework clinic
  • FREE Entry for spectators


10 am – Points of a Dales Pony Demo

* Stallion and Colt Parade

* Driving Demonstration

* Side-Saddle Demonstration

* Working Hunter Demonstration

2pm – Polework lessons commence

6pm – End.



  • To enter your pony into the Stallion/Colt parade contact Sarah Evans –
  • Polework sessions – with John Hales – 30 minute sessions. Private £22.50, Pairs £12.50 each. Gymnastic polework to improve suppleness, rhythm and improve partnerships. Contact Laura Pennell – to book in.

New Native Pony Show for the South



Native Pony Magazine have launched a new event for 2018, The Native Pony Show. To be held on 28th April 2018 at West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Wiltshire, BA14 6QT. The unaffiliated show will allow competitors to take part in breed specific in-hand, mixed ridden and working hunter classes. Open to all registered M&M breed owners, the Native Pony Show is anticipated to be a great day for participants. As the show is being held two weeks before Royal Windsor, it is also a great opportunity for competitors to use is as a warm up!

The Native Pony Show is an unaffiliated showing show run exclusively for Mountain and Moorland Breeds. This is a great opportunity for people to get out and about with their natives and enjoy a fun showing environment. There are over 70 classes for people to select from, the show will really offer something for everybody. All entrants will have the opportunity to compete for the Native Pony Magazine Supreme of Show as well as various class championships throughout the day. In true Native Pony style, there will be fantastic rosettes and sashes to be won.

Judges have been announced for the show and are a line-up of affiliated panel judges that will offer competitors a great wealth of knowledge and experience in the ring. A full schedule is available to download from and entries are currently being taken for all classes. Competitors can enter in advance via post or online at, pre-entries will close on 23rd April 2018 and entries will be taken on the day.
Said Sara Haines, Editor of Native Pony Magazine “This event is really exciting for us and fits perfectly with the magazine and our promotion of M&M breeds. There has been a great response for people so far and the support we have received is really positive. We are hoping that this will become a regular fixture in the equine calendar.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available with chances to promote your business or stud through ring, class or championship sponsorship. For more information about the Native Pony Show please contact Briony Simpson on 01380 730888 or email

2018 Membership Fees

Please note the 2018 membership fees have increased.

Many members haven’t updated their standing order, please update directly with your banks or download a new standing order form from the membership page and send direct to your bank.

If your 2018 standing order has already been paid, could you please pay the additional to the secretary.