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The Fell Pony Society

Patron: His Majesty King Charles III

Registered Charity, Number 1104945.
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. It produces two Magazines per year, lists of ponies for sale, runs shows and advertises a regular calendar of events.

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SOCIETY OFFICE ADDRESS

Bank House, Boroughgate, Appleby, Cumbria CA16 6XF.

Office e-mail: secretary@fellponysociety.org.uk Temporary e-mail is also still active: secretaryfellponysociety@gmail.com
Tel/Fax: 0 17683 53100.

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

Council Agenda and Minutes

Links to Council Meeting Agenda and subsequent Summaries of minuted business at meetings can be found on the About the Society page.

Annual General Meeting

6th April 2024 at Orton Market Hall, CA10 3RJ.

AGENDA on the About the Society page.


Payments to the Society

Payments to the Society can be made by post, BACS or bank transfer. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to "The Fell Pony Society". BACS details here. Members can also find the details in the Fees and Charges section of the FPS Magazine.  

Overseas payments

All Bank transfers should be in English pounds sterling and any charges should be paid in the country of origin. Our bank makes a charge for the receipt of an electronic transfer from overseas only – so if you are not in the UK, please add £2 for transactions up to £100 and £7 for transactions greater than £100 (no need to add anything if sending payment from within the UK).

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

If you wish to pay your membership by Standing Order, please request a mandate to set the payment up with your bank, because the Society cannot do it on your behalf.

Updated 14 October 2021

NOTICES & NEWS HEADLINES, Updated:  (MM/DD/YYYY format)

Full details of News items can be found on the News Page

FIS certificates - caution

For the first time since FIS testing was introduced in 2010, the Society has seen an FIS certificate that has been tampered with. 3 June 2024 More >>>

FIS testing in the future

With immediate effect: Animal DNA Diagnostics will stop performing FIS testing at its lab in Cambridge. This is the lab that the Society has used since 2021.


The Society is working hard to set up arrangements with another lab, however, this will cause inevitable delays. This means that the Society will not be issuing FIS testing kits until the new arrangements are in place. This does not affect DNA typing/parentage testing which will be continuing through Weatherbys in Ireland. 3 June 2024

King Honours Fell Ponies with Patronage

The Fell Pony Society is extremely proud, and deeply honoured, to announce that the charity's new Patron will be King Charles III, following more than 40 years of patronage by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This fabulous news was received on the anniversary of the King's Coronation.

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New Survey from Rare Breeds Survival Trust: Breeding Decisions

As part of the second phase of their Native Equine Project, RBST are running a new survey of native breeds: More >>>

Learning with Fells 2024

The Society will consider applications from any FPS member, irrespective of age. 18 Jan 2024

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Voluntary DNA Testing of Filly Foals in 2024

Voluntary DNA testing of filly foals (uncapped numbers) will be offered for 1 year only, from January 2024, test paid by FPS. For further details please read the item on the News page. 13 Sept 2023

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MEMBERSHIP REMINDER 2024

No member shall be entitled to vote for the election of the Council if his or her subscription has not been paid on or before 15 February.

There are still a number of members who have not updated their Standing Order from last year, from £25 to £30. If this applies to you and you wish to remain a full member of the Society then please send the £5 owing by the 15 February if you wish to vote for Council.

If the £5 owing is not received these memberships will be processed as Associates with a £5 donation.

Payments can be made by bank transfer or by sending a cheque / PO made payable to The Fell Pony Society. We cannot take card payments.

Foal / Registration Applications

Just a reminder - any foal registration/passport application forms arriving with the Society in December are charged double fees. They should reach the office by no later than 31 December.  Applications received after this date will be treated as late registrations requiring DNA parentage testing.

All service details for this year's coverings must be with the Society by 31 December - both online and service books.

Equine Passports

What to do when you buy or sell a pony, geld a colt or stallion, or a pony dies. More >>>

1 - When you buy or sell a Pony

Paperwork to check when buying or selling. More >>>

2 - While you are an Owner

IMPORTANT: Please read about your passport responsibilities! More >>>

3 - Death of a Pony

You MUST return the passport to the FPS office. More >>>

4 - Compulsory Microchipping

With effect from 1 October 2020 it will be a legal requirement for all horses in England to be microchipped (this applies in Wales from 12 February 2021 and in Scotland from 28 March 2021).

When your vet implants a chip for the first time, the barcode label should be placed in the passport with the stamp and signature of the vet beside. The owner should send either the passport or a scanned copy of the passport to the Society as soon as possible so that the records can be updated.

Updated 4 July 2018

Fell Pony Stud Book - Grassroots

To access animal details, member details, pedigrees and progeny lists via the Grassroots database, log in using the link below, with your access number (not your membership number) and password, as notified to members since Spring 2009. This service is free to Society members.

The Grassroots Online Registry has been updated (25 May 2022) and Passwords are not automatically assigned by the system any more – members allocate their own password. New members will receive a link via email to ‘set a password’ when they join the Society.

If for some reason as a current member you no longer have your ‘log in’ details then you need to go to the Grassroots Log In screen and “click to Reset Password”; you will be sent an email containing a link, using the email address that we have for you. You then use the link in that email to reset your password.

GRASSROOTS LINK http://www.grassroots.co.uk/cgi-bin/start.cgi/pedeweb/pedeweb.html?id=fell1


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