Rare Breeds Survival Trust Survey

Rare Breeds Survival Trust Survey

Message from RBST Chief Executive Christopher Price:

RBST needs your help to change outdated perceptions about the commercial potential of our amazing native livestock and equine breeds.

We know that native breeds can provide strong commercial opportunities, especially in the context of the transformations taking place in UK farming and land management, local food supply chains, and consumer choice. This message is strongest when we show the evidence of the dedicated and experienced farmers and smallholders who are running businesses with rare breeds, day in and day out, throughout the UK.

If you use rare breeds in your business, please take 10 minutes to fill in this short 16-question survey – RBST SURVEY.

The survey will close at midnight on 30th July 2021.

Your response will not only provide crucial insight into native breed commercial trends, it will also help RBST to champion rare breeds at this crucial turning point for UK farming.

The information you provide will be processed in accordance with RBST’s Privacy Policy | Rare Breeds Survival Trust (rbst.org.uk)

We will destroy any personal information obtained through this survey when the project is complete. We will not use any such information for sales or marketing purposes.

With thanks,

Christopher Price

RBST Chief Executive Officer

Please direct any comments or questions about this survey to Jo Linforth at jolinforth@rbst.org.uk

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 secretary@npsscotland.co.uk 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: https://bit.ly/2O2ey4R

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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.

National Survey of UK Equine Wildness

National Survey of UK Equine Wildness

David Murray is conducting a national survey of UK Equine Wildness. All UK Native Pony Societies and Associations have been contacted.

If you would like more details then please read the attached letter and to take part, the survey questionnaire is attached here in Word or .pdf format.

RBST – The Greatest Online Agricultural Show

RBST is running the rare breed classes at ‘The Greatest Online Agricultural Show’.

The show will be taking place on Saturday 2nd May via the dedicated website The Online Agricultural Show 

Show organiser David Hill said: “The objective is to have a bit of fun while the country remains on lockdown, we can showcase our industry and raise some money for worthy causes; It is purely for fun and nothing else!”

There will be:

  • Trade Stands
  • Online livestock, crop, cake, craft and other classes
  • A dog show
  • Machinery parade
  • A beer tent – place to chat
  • Demonstrations and Entertainment via video

RBST is holding classes for rare breed sheep, cattle, goats and pigs (in conjunction with the British Pig Association). 

Rare breed equine classes are incorporated into the equine section, please see the shows website for more information.

To enter the show you have to pre-register, you can do this by visiting the shows website using the link above and clicking on the ‘Pre-Registration’ link.

Entries are open now, participants are asked to upload 3 photos, a front view, side view and back view, a 30 second video of the animal walking is desirable but not essential apart from the young hander sheep classes, to the dedicated section on the Cloud Lines website by 10pm on Wednesday 29th April, the first round of judging will then take place on the Thursday and Friday with the top 5 going through to the final on Saturday 2nd April. 

If you would like to find out more about the show you can visit their website above or their social media platforms

Facebook: @OnlineAgShow  

UK Native Pony Wildness Survey 2019

If you are interested in taking part in a survey about the wildness of UK Native Ponies, please read the attached document here and contact David Murray for any further details.

The Survey is taking place from March through August 2019. The Questionnaire is attached here and also on the internet at equine-wildness.uk. The website email address to return questionnaires is also on the website. This is: equine-wildness@hotmail.com

Forgotten Horses Photographic Project

We have recently been contacted by Cécile Zahorka, a freelance photographer from Germany. There follows an extract from her email:

“In the past year I have been working on a project called “Forgotten Horses”, where I photograph and document rare and endangered horse breeds. We have a similar society to the RBST in Germany regarding animal breeds with endangered populations and I have been working together with breeders and owners. I have planned to make a journey to UK for this project, with the mission to find and document native British breeds, such as the Dales Pony.

I’m looking for passionates, breeders, owners this breed, which I could contact and visit during my journey.

It is my aim to portrait the breed in its traditional context and in typical landscapes, in front of barns or whatever the surroundings offer and fit to the horse, to make high quality pictures for all media and raise awareness to the matter.

I would be very happy if you would be interested in having a session with me.

I have set up a small site with all details to my journey and project: https://thepixelnomad.com/uk-june-2019/

I would love to give the Dales Pony a platform and raise awareness to its vulnerable status.

and you can see my work on http://instagram.com/vor.die.linse/ or on http://facebook.com/vor.die.Linse/

Help and Support is very appreciated.

With kind regards from Germany

Cécile Zahorka

(WhatsApp on +49 163 2881115)”

If you are interested, details of how to book a session are on the website above, which covers her journey.

Rare Breed Horse Genealogy Research

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust has been contacted by Lucy Allen, a Research student at the Royal Agricultural University, who is looking for hair samples and pedigree information from males of native UK Equines breeds as part of a wider study on the spread of horses in Europe – please see flyer attached here.

If you wish to help, please  contact Lucy direct on 07901774538 or Lucy.Allen@student.rau.ac.uk