Transfer of Ownership

When purchasing or taking ownership of a pony with a Dales Pony Society passport, you must get a completed transfer form from the previous owner. The previous owner may also be the breeder. Legally you have 30 days to return the completed top section of the form to the Society together with the passport and the required fee. The previous owner must send the lower slip to the Society within 30 days to confirm the transfer. 

If the previous owner is unable to complete a transfer form please contact the Secretary.

It is advisable to check your pony matches the description and the microchip number is correct in the passport  before purchase. 

If you require a transfer form you can download from here

Please send the transfer form directly to the DPS Secretary – Hollybush Farm, Littlebeck, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5HY

The current transfer fees are are available on the Fees and Tariffs page.

To join the Society to benefit from reduced rates for transfers and other services, please go to the Membership  page where you can find the membership application form and a link to the subscription costs.


Payment can be made using:

  • BACS – Account name – Dales Pony Society, Sort Code – 20-56-74, Account Number – 60311545  stating “Transfer” as your reference.
  • Cheque from fully paid up Members (enclose with form) made payable to “Dales Pony Society”
  • Postal Order (enclose with form) made payable to “Dales Pony Society”
  • Cash at the Spring and Summer Shows or at the AGM

A little guidance

The horse passport does not constitute proof of ownership of the horse. However, it is a requirement under the Horse Passport (England) Legislation to register a change of ownership with the relevant PIO within 30 days of acquiring a horse. The Dales Pony Society is a PIO and requires a completed transfer form and fee. There is no exemption for dealers that sell a horse within 30 days of purchasing it.

It is an offence to sell a horse without a passport. Sale of any horse should not be completed if the passport has not been provided. The passport must match the horse in question. If the purchaser does not receive the horse’s passport, they will also be committing an offence when transporting the horse to its new home.

To find out more about the legal responsibilities of owners in relation to horse passports please click here.

Selling or Transferring a Pony

To find out about the requirements for exporting equines to the EU or moving them to Northern Ireland please refer to Equine ID and Movements.