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.

Entry Form Definitions

The following definitions apply 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.

Points Competition Applicability

Many of 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

Affiliated and Associated Shows

Please note that the shows wishing to affiliate should see the Affiliation details.

Future Affiliated and Associated Shows

Potential Affiliated and Associated Shows

This list will be updated 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 

Devon County Show - Westpoint, Exeter - May 

Native Pony Festival - Crescent Farm, Throckley - May 

Heathfield Ag.Show - Little Tottingworth Farm, Heathfield - May 

Hertfordshire 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