The Dales Pony Society runs several shows a year. These are open to members only (join here).
The Spring Stallion & Breed show is held on the first Saturday in May near Barnard Castle, Co Durham.
The Summer Breed show (including HOYS qualifier) is held on the first Saturday in August near Barnard Castle, Co Durham.
Schedules for the above two are sent to all members automatically.
There are regional breed shows held each year; the Southern, the Midlands, Derbyshire, East Anglian and Cumbrian. See below for details.
Dales Pony Society Ridden Pony of the Year
The final of the Dales Pony Society Ridden Pony of the Year takes place at the DPS Spring Show for the previous year. Ponies can qualify for the final at six shows: Spring Show; Cumbria Fell and Dales Show; Southern Show; Derbyshire Fells, Dales and Highlands Show; Midlands Show; and Summer Show.
The DPS Show Secretary sends two qualifier rosettes and qualifier cards to the individual show secretary at the beginning of the season. Thus it is possible to have twelve ponies qualify for the final.
At the designated shows, the Overall Ridden Champion and Reserve from the Dales-only classes are given the qualifier. If the pony has already qualified, the qualifier is passed down the line. The ponies are given a qualifier rosette and a qualifier card.
If a pony intends to enter the final, then the exhibitor must send the qualifier card, with any other entries for the Spring Show, to the DPS Show Secretary in order that a number can be allocated and the entry made in the catalogue. There is no entry fee for the final.
Champion and reserve sashes, rosettes and prize cards are presented at the final. All other qualified ponies taking part in the final will be presented with a finalist rosette.
Please note that the shows listed and many other events can contribute to the Points Competition. Please see the Points Competition page for more details.
Dales Pony Society Shows and Events
Please note the following definitions when making entries for DPS shows.
- Owner: The person whose name appears in the passport and stud book
- Exhibitor: The person who makes the entry to the show
- Handler/Rider: The person who is handling or riding the pony in the ring
The Exhibitor needs to be a paid-up Full Member. The Handlers and Riders need to be paid-up Members.
Affiliated and Associated Shows
Please note that the shows wishing to affiliate should see the Affiliation details.
Affiliated shows - these will be updated to 2019 dates as the shows affiliate - most shows continue to affiliate every year so will give members a guide to shows carrying the DPS rosettes.
NPS Scotland Spring - SNEC, Oatridge, Edinburgh - April
NPS Area 14 Spring - Ashfields Carriage Driving & Polo Centre, Stansted - April
NPS Area 4 Spring - Richmond Equestrian Centre - April
Dorset Fell & Dales Show - Hurn Bridge Equestrian, Christchurch - April
Fell, Dales & Friends Show - Sandringham Estate - May
Nottinghamshire County Show - Newark-upon-trent - May
Highland, Fell & Dales Scotland Show - Brechin Castle Brechin, May
Devon County Show - Westpoint, Exeter - May
Native Pony Festival - Crescent Farm, Throckley - May
Heathfield Ag.Show - Little Tottingworth Farm, Heathfield - May
Hertforshire County Show - Redbourn - May
Surrey County - Stoke Park, Guilford - May
Royal Bath & West Show - Shepton Mallet, Somerset - May
Suffolk Ag.Show - Trinity Park, Ipswich - May
Midland Counties Show - Arena UK, Grantham - June
Royal Cornwall Ag.Show - Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge - June
South of England Show - Ardingly - June
Derbyshire Festival of Showing - Somerford Park, Congleton - June
Cumberland County Show - East Park, Carlisle - June
Lincolnshire Show - Grange-de-lings, Lincoln - June
Royal Highland Show - Ingliston, Edinburgh - June
Royal Norfolk Show- Norwich - June
Kent County Show - Maidstone - July
Ryedale Show - Welburn, Kirkbymoorside - July
New Forest & Hampshire County Show - Brockenhurst - July
Hinderwell Show - Hinderwell - August
Sedgefield Show - Sedgefield - August
Reeth Show - Reeth - August
Bucks County - Weedon, Aylesbury - August
Dorset County - Dorchester - Sept
Bowes Show - Gilmonby, Bowes - Sept
Romsey Show - Romsey - Sept
Eggleston Show - Eggleston, Barnard Castle - Sept
Newbury & District Show - Newbury, Thatcham - Sept
Rare Breeds of the Year Show - Arena UK, Grantham - Oct