The Fell Pony Society
The Fell Pony Society Display Team 2021
The Fell Pony Society’s official Display Team gives Fell Ponies a public presence at country shows by performing musical rides and pageants with commentary.
The Team was formed in 2015 from a group of FPS members who are prepared to take part in displays throughout the year, and to create costumes for themselves and their ponies. Merchandise and Information are made available wherever we go, offering Fell-themed goods of interest to the general public and to children as well as to Fell pony enthusiasts.
In 2021 the Display Team are booked to perform their displays "Introducing the Fell Pony" and "Musical Ride" at the following shows in Cumbria:
5/6 June - Countryfest, Kendal
18th July - Coniston Country Fair, Coniston
30th August - Blackcombe Country Fair
4th September - Lowick Show
At these shows the team will re-present their educational historical pageant (whose content varies year on year depending on team members' availability) and the Musical Ride which was developed in 2018.
If you would like to be involved or want some more info, you are welcome to come along to a team practice session, where you can meet us all, and see what we get up to. Riders must be (or become) members of the Society in order to be covered by FPS Insurance while taking part in our performances.
Please get in touch with one of the committee or drop us a message on the Team's Facebook page.
The Display Team is based in Cumbria, so because we are all volunteers we can only occasionally perform at shows outside the area that require overnight stays.
We are happy to share scripts, plans and advice to FPS Area Support Groups if they would like to create their own local Fell Pony Display Teams.
The Society has previously arranged visits to several Primary schools in Cumbria which enabled pupils to meet a Fell pony and learn about how they live on the fell. The visits scheduled for 2020 were postponed due to Covid-19 but we expect to re-arrange them for 2021.
Learning with Fells 2021
Since 2009 the Society has run a "Learning with Fells" scheme for our junior members.
Participants are invited to visit working Fell pony studs in Cumbria to learn how the ponies are kept in their native area. These are active and intensive days and they are deliberately kept to very small numbers to enable all participants to ask questions freely and hear the answers given.
Council have agreed that applications will be taken from adult FPS members as well as junior members. There will be 4 places plus 2 reserves. Priority will be given to those aged 10 – 18 years of age.
PLACES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEAR. If you are interested in taking part please get in touch with the FPS office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is a bursary, payable from the Mary & Henderson Dodd Memorial Fund, of £50 for each participant to assist with travelling expenses, provided at least two visits are attended. Again, apply to the Secretary, please.
"Learn to Steward" Day
If you've thought of helping at a Society Show but don't know how, try this! It will be a practical day with ponies and a master judge, at which you can learn the behind-the-scenes skills of running a showing class. To discuss possible dates and venue please contact Christine Robinson (see our About the FPS page).
The Society has a Conservation Grazing committee to promote the use of Fell ponies as native grazers of a managed landscape. The Fell Pony is a historic part of the Cumbrian countryside and well suited to conservation grazing, being easy to manage and inclined to stay away from people even though there may be public access to the land. (see our Conservation Grazing page).