The Fell Pony Society

Registered Charity, Number 1104945.
Patron: Her Majesty The Queen.

The Fell Pony Society is a Company Limited by Guarantee 3233346

The Fell Pony Society's aim is to foster and keep pure the old breed of pony which has roamed the northern fells for years and to circulate knowledge and general information about the pony breed.

The Society deals with the Registration of Ponies, applications for Membership and export matters, and produces two Magazines per year, lists of ponies for sale and a regular calendar of events.


 Bank House, Boroughgate, Appleby,

Cumbria CA16 6XF

Tel/Fax: 0 17683 53100. E-mail:
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replace the leading 0 with +44.

The office is manned Monday to Thursday. You can leave a voice message or send an email to if the Secretary is unavailable. Visitors will only be seen by appointment.

Payments to the Society - whether for membership or services or goods - can be made by post with either a cheque or postal order made payable to "The Fell Pony Society", or by bank transfer. Details are on this website (and in the FPS magazine).

The Society does not have the facility to take card payments over the phone.

If you wish to pay your membership by Standing Order, please request a mandate to set the payment up with your bank from 1 January 2017. You need to arrange this with your bank, because the Society cannot do it on your behalf.

updated 10 March 2016

Reminder to Breeders

Old print forms cannot be accepted, so please do not submit forms issued prior to 1 January 2016.

Stallion service books should have been returned to the FPS Office, or coverings submitted online, by 31 December.

Service Books / notifications of coverings online that are received late, will require the foal to be DNA typed to confirm the sire.

January 2017

Changes regarding Equine Passports

Changes to the Minimum Operating Standards for PIOs that came into effect from 1 January 2016 state that passports issued prior to 10 June 2004 that have not been updated with a 'section IX' page (usually the back page) are no longer valid.

In these cases owners need to apply for a new passport which must be treated as a duplicate passport application. This includes the completion of a new passport application form with a vet signing to confirm the microchip number.

Council have agreed that a voluntary contribution of £5 per passport be requested to cover cost incurred by the Society including return postage.

If a passport arrives in the office without a section IX, it cannot be returned; a new passport must be applied for and the original will be destroyed, transferring any vaccination records over as applicable.

Above updated 26 May 2016

It is a legal requirement for all horses and ponies to be issued with a passport. Owners and keepers with primary responsibility must ensure their horses are correctly identified and be able to produce the passport without delay when required. A horse’s passport must be kept with him at all times.

IMPORTANT: Please read about your responsibility as an owner!

When purchasing a pony

Check that the pony has been issued with a Fell Pony Society passport, as this confirms that the pony is a registered Fell pony. If an older pony has an ID-only passport, please check with the FPS office who will be able to confirm whether the pony is registered or not.

Please check that the pony and the passport match and if necessary get the microchip in the pony scanned prior to purchase.

If in any doubt and it is important to you that the pony is registered, we would suggest that you contact the office prior to purchase. This may prevent a problem that we cannot resolve later.

For urgent passport information please call 07511 728246 (Grassroots backup for urgent passport related questions only). All other enquiries should come to the FPS office.

It is a legal requirement for a new owner to register a change of ownership with the relevant Passport Issuing Office within 30 days of the change.

In the event of death of any horse, the passport must be returned to the issuing P.I.O. for cancellation within 30 days of death. The passport may be returned on request after cancellation.


Only a small percentage of Fell ponies registered with the Society are also recorded with a microchip company. If they are, then their paperwork tells the owner what do if there are any changes, ie ownership or death, but there is usually a charge and the Society does not do it for them.

If owners have transferred ownership though the Society then the microchip is automatically recorded on the database (link below) for that pony and FPS can verify it to anyone who asks, including Trading Standards, DEFRA, Police etc.

Also note that it is illegal for someone to sell any horse/pony without a passport.

updated 10 March 2016


Agenda for FPS Council meeting

Online Access to the Fell Pony Stud Book

Council have agreed to give Society members free access to the Society's Grassroots database, so that they can view animal details, member details, pedigrees and progeny lists online.

To access this, you need to enter your access number (not your membership number) and password, as notified to members since Spring 2009.

Click here to access the Grassroots database

Grassroots Equine ChipChecker

Currently the UK has no central equine database, so this is causing problems tracing the ownership details if an equine is recovered and found to have a microchip. Grassroots, the pedigree software organisation has set up an Equine ChipChecker on its website:

Currently there are 17 PIOs participating – American Quarter Horse, British Appaloosa, Cleveland Bay, Connemara, Dales, Dartmoor, Donkey Breed, Erisakay, Exmoor, Fell, Hackney, Haflinger, Irish Draught, New Forest, Scottish Sports Horse, Shetland , Warmblood Breeders Studbook UK- and a total of 188,568 (to date) equine records is searched, by entering a full microchip number or a full UELN. If a match is found, the issuing PIO is given, with the Alive/Dead status, colour, sex, DOB and microchip number. This round the clock, open access facility should help greatly, until Defra gets a new central equine database up and running next year, as required in the new passport legislation.

6 March 2014

Annual Membership

Membership is due for renewal 1 January each year.

If you have not already done so please send your payment as soon as possible.

No member will be entitled to vote for the election of Council if their subscription has not been paid by 15 February of the current year.

27 January 2015


We receive many enquiries in the office regarding 'Stallions Available at Stud'. Stallions at Stud can be listed on the FPS website, free of charge; please ask the FPS office for more details.

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