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The Fell Pony Society

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Our plans to celebrate the Society's Centenary in 2022 are posted on the Centenary page.

Go to the Centenary page to read more!

Also look out for information in the FPS Magazine and on our Facebook page.

There's still time to order Christmas cards

... and Calendars, as well as items of FPS merchandise. We suggest you get your orders in a.s.a.p. because of the postal strikes over the coming weeks.

We have items of clothing in stock but the last date to order from our supplier for specific colours / sizes is Wednesday 30 November, to hopefully guarantee delivery by Xmas. Please email your order and we will get back to you as soon as we can. *** New items include fleece gilets and pom-pom hats *** 25 November 2022

Foal & Youngstock Show

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Show on 26th November. The Coffee Can will be at the show serving coffees, tea and hot chocolate as well as a selection of cakes and snacks.  See the Calendar of Events page More >>>
13 October 2022

FPS Calendar

The 2023 FPS Calendar is for sale now from the Office, £6.00 + £2.00 P&P.

Thank you to all who have entered the 2024 Calendar Competition - the closing date for that is Monday 18th October 2022. The results  will be in the Spring issue.

The call for entries for the next Calendar will be posted on the FPS web site and Facebook page. One small change to the rules for the next competition - can I ask that you do not send more than three images per family.

Looking forward to receiving them. Thank you

Michael Goddard, michael.goddard2014

13 October 2022

Scottish Native Pony Roadshow 2022

After much thought the organising committee of the Scottish Native Pony Roadshow taking place at Champfleurie Equestrian on Sunday September 18th have confirmed that it will go ahead as planned. The loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after a reign lasting 70 years during which she selflessly devoted herself to her people wherever in the world they might be is a time of great sadness and reflection. However we felt that she would have wanted us to go ahead and promote the native pony breeds she thought so much about.

In honour of our late Queen we ask that you wear a black armband or tie if you are attending the event. We will be observing one minute’s silence at the start of the day, and a senior member of the Highland Pony Society will say a few words.

We would also like to offer our sincere condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the Royal Family at this very sad time. 13 Sept 2022

The Fell Pony Society Southern Show 2022

It is with profound sadness that the FPS Southern Show pays tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II who reigned selflessly for over 70 years.

It has been decided that the FPS Southern Show will go ahead on Sunday 11th September. We will commemorate the life of Queen Elizabeth II when we will call upon everyone to observe a one minute silence at 1pm.

Our deepest condolences to King Charles III and the Royal Family at this very sad time. 8 Sept 2022

Breed Show Entries

Please get your entries in for the Breed Show A.S.A.P. Entries close 9 July, with late entries at double fees closing 16 July. Sponsorship is welcome. Let's make this a bumper show with it being the Society's Centenary.
Many thanks. 16 June 2022

Centenary Merchandise for 2022!

Still time to purchase FPS Centenary goodies via mail order or from the Breed Show on 7 August. Items include - Limited Edition head scarf, china mugs, flags, A Century of Fells (book), The Fell Pony DVD on type & conformation, bags, black polos and T shirts, key rings, badges, fridge magnets and coasters. Details on the Merchandise page. Items can be ordered or reserved, to avoid disappointment, for collection at the Breed Show by emailing 2 July 2022

Limited Edition Silk Head Scarf

purple silk headscarf with black pony heads and white flowers

Available now to order direct from The Fell Pony Society office at a special price of £100 plus £10 P & P for special delivery. Payment is to be made up front to The Fell Pony Society. Available via mail order only. or

Read More >>> about the story of the scarf. 22 May 2022

Two Surveys

1 - We are still accepting responses to the FPS Breeders Survey. We would like to hear more about management practices from ANYONE who breeds Fells.

2 - Sophie Warbrick, a Masters degree student in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation at the University of Bristol, has set up a short, 10-15 minute online survey which invites anyone over 18 years old who owns/ loans a horse/ pony in the UK/ ROI to participate.

If you have questions about it please contact Sophie at or her supervisors (Dr Sarah Lambton: or Dr Emma Mellor 29 June 2022

Caution: Phishing emails

We have been notified of a spate of fake emails pretending to be from the Society Office. Typically they look like the image here. Notice that the Reply-To: is "Pony Society The Fell" going to an email not associated with the Society; also the bad grammar and lack of punctuation followed by the copied and pasted text from our Membership page.

Fake email screenshot

If you receive an email that you didn't expect, with this kind of message, it's most important NOT to click on any links in it.

In the UK, forward the email to The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) will investigate it.

If you receive a similar text message, forward it to 7726 - it’s free.

Delete such emails or texts without responding to anything in them.

6 June 2022

New Collectible donates £1 per Sale to FPS

The new Grasmere Gingerbread® Fell Pony, hand-stitched from a wool felt blend, is "a shaggy-maned delight with a slightly unkempt ‘just got up in the morning’ appearance" and each sale includes a £1 donation to the FPS. See more at the Grasmere Gingerbread web site 1 June 2022


Early call for photographs for the 2024 Fell Pony Society Calendar!

There are so many good photographs of you all taking part in the 100 miles challenge, it will be great to receive as many as possible for the 2024 calendar competition please.

I have already seen some excellent photos of Fell ponies this year that celebrate our centenary year on different website pages. The deadline for submissions will be  Monday October 18th  2022.

The rules are the same as before with landscape images preferred over portrait images though we are happy to accept a limited number of good portrait images. This year the calendar competition will be judged by two members of the FPS North East Area support group. (I am not the judge for the competition! says Michael.)

Either digital or hard copy photographic prints can be submitted remembering that digital images have to scale up to the calendar format at 11" x 7"  and so have to be of high resolution (300dpi minimum). Due to the number of photographs we receive from FPS Members and non members we will no longer be accepting Photos taken by professional photographers for the FPS calendar competition.

If your photo is chosen for the 2024 FPS calendar the person that has taken the photograph will receive a prize of a FPS calendar, with the overall winner receiving a £10 FPS voucher and the runner up a £5 voucher.
If hard copy prints are submitted they should be accompanied by a SAE if you would like them to be returned. Single digital images can be sent to the following e-mail:  or alternatively CDs and photographic prints can be mailed to Michael Goddard, 1 Priest Thorn, Fifehead Neville, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2AQ.

Can I ask that you do not enter more than three images per person and that if you are sending them via e-mail that you either send each image attached to a single e-mail - i.e. three photos, three e-mails - or alternatively send the images via a Drop Box. Please name your digital files with the name of the pony rather than the long digit file number recorded on your camera as this makes recording and filing of your entry so much easier for me and for our Secretary.

Looking forward to receiving your entries showing off our most fantastic breed.

Thank you
Michael Goddard

Educational Video: The Fell Pony - Type and Conformation

Tom LLoyd's new DVD was launched today at the Stallion & Colt Show. This is part of the Society's educational activities as a charity, in celebration of our 100th year. It is available to purchase from the Society, £15 & P&P. You can also watch it online on Tom's Vimeo accountor his Facebook page .

14 May 2022

29 May (Sunday) - South Cumbria Show

Westmorland County Show Ground, Crooklands, Near Milnthorpe, Kendal, Cumbria LA7 7NH.

CLOSING DATE is Saturday 14 May. Entries will be taken at the Stallion  & Colt Show, so come along, celebrate the Centenary Launch and the Jubilee and make your entries too - we need to receive enough pre-entries to be sure the show can go ahead.  5 May 2022

Seeking promotional photographs and Stud / Business information

The FPS Display Team are asking for good quality photos of ponies, and information and updates from Studs and Fell Pony related businesses (text to fit on one A4 sheet), so we can refresh our Information folder and photo posters on the Display Team's breed promotion stand. Please contact Christine Robinson, April 2022

FPS STALLION & COLT SHOW Saturday 14 May 2022

The Centenary "Type and Conformation" film / DVD will be launched at the Stallion & Colt Show and it will be for sale on the FPS Merchandise stand.

There are still some sponsorship opportunities available for the Show, so please contact the FPS office for details. Thank you for your support, and looking forward to the launch of the FPS Centenary Celebrations. 15 April 2022

Donations from the AGM to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal

At the FPS AGM it was agreed to donate the takings from the raffle and donations for the tea, to the "Red Cross Ukraine Appeal". The amount raised was £193.30.

It has been sent to the Red Cross today.

Many thanks. 6 April 2022

Fell Ponies - Article in Country Life

The March issue of Country Life magazine ( 23 March 2022) has a four-page spread by Julie Harding on Fell ponies, the Centenary, our patron HM The Queen and several other Fell pony owners. We have Country Life's permission to share the PDF here: More >>> 26 March 2022

Stallion and Colt Show 2022

Schedules, Entry Forms and Sponsorship information out now. More >>> 21 Mar 22

Native Pony Roadshow 2022

Open to members, judges and enthusiasts - A Free Event, but places must be pre-booked. See Flyer for details

NORTHERN EVENT: Easter Monday 18 APRIL 2022, UNICORN CENTRE, Stainton Way, Hemlington, Middlesborough TS8 9LX

West Lothian EH48 4NE

SOUTH WESTERN EVENT: Saturday 1 OCTOBER 2022, THE GRANGE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, Northlew Road, Okehampton, Devon EX20 3DA

SOUTHERN EVENT: Sunday 1 APRIL 2023, UNICORN TRUST, Granary Cottage, Netherswell, Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1JZ 12 Feb 2022

Updated Animal Health Regulation (AHR) Frequently Asked Questions

DEFRA have updated the Animal Health Regulation (AHR) frequently asked questions which are now available on the trader showcase site.

As a reminder the new AHR Export Health Certificates (EHCs) will need to be used from 15 January 2022 for goods moved to Northern Ireland or exported to the EU from GB. This includes EHCs for all products of animal origin, live animals, germinal products and composite products.

All existing and most of the new AHR EHCs are available and traders can decide which ones they wish to use until 15 January. A small number of new EHCs have been removed from EHC Online for now. This is because the EU will be amending some EHCs, and some are subject to ongoing discussions with the EU regarding GB’s disease freedom status.

The EU have recently published a new EHC for the re-export of certain EU origin POAO to the EU. We are working to provide guidance on this certificate and make it available for use by GB exporters.

There is further information and guidance available from Defra's web site or by emailing

(Trader Readiness Team, GB-EU Exports Delivery & GB-NI Directorate, Biosecurity, Borders and Trade Programme; Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) 28 Sept 2021

The Centenary 2022 - Launch

We announce the launch of our centenary plans More>>>

Fell Pony Breeders Survey

With the FPS Centenary coming up next year, the Society's Conservation and Grazing Sub-Committee is seeking breeders' observations and experience re the grazing where you run your ponies.

We are asking all breeders to complete the survey - whether on the hill, on allotment / fell ground / intake, or on lowland grazing.  More details on the Conservation page. >>> 10 Sept 2021

New Grassroots Online Registry

The new look Grassroots Online Registry replaces the old Pedeweb. The registry can be accessed from our website (links at the foot of the Home page) or direct at using your normal Breed Society Member No and password. It gives access to the whole Society database and allows you to 'Manage Your Animal Records'. >>> Full details 14 October 2021

Changes to Animal Health Certificates for Export

The EU is making changes to its laws through the EU Animal Health Regulations (AHR). The AHR mean that the Export Health Certificates (EHCs) used to export equines to the EU, and move them to Northern Ireland, will be changing from 21st August 2021. Among the changes previously communicated, these new certificates require the premises/establishment from which an equine is exported from to have a registration number issued by the Competent Authority.

To meet this requirement, equine establishments in England and Scotland are now able to seek a County Parish Holding (CPH) number from APHA by completing the attached application form, and sending it to Please include the date of first export from your premises following 21 August, in the subject line of your email. The form will be available on Gov.UK in the very near future.

Equine keepers in Wales should register for a CPH through Manage My CPH on RPW Online (

If a premises/establishment is already registered, and you know the CPH number, there is no need to reregister.

We encourage those exporting soon after 21st August to obtain a CPH number as soon as possible. If you are not exporting equines from your premises until later in the year, please consider delaying your application until one month before exportation to allow current resources to be used on generating CPH numbers for those who need them immediately.

Registration is voluntary, but unless the establishment has a registered CPH with APHA, or RPW for Welsh keepers, it will not be possible for an Official Veterinarian (OV) to certify a horse or other equine for export from GB to the EU or NI.

A copy of the Government document outlining the registration of premises is available here. You can contact if you have any additional questions on exporting requirements.6 August 2021

Breed Show 2021

Results are now up on the Show Results page 6 August 2021

Bybeck Dispersal Sale

Congratulations to Colin and Heather Roberts on the excellent results of their dispersal Sale on 24th July. While it is always sad to see a hill-going herd split up, the fact that every pony sold well, many realising a high price, shows how much these ponies are appreciated. We wish them all well and hope Colin and Heather will enjoy an easier life now. 25 July 2021

Important information for all who export live animals to the EU.

Animal Health Regulations (2021) See particularly pages 7 and 12.

Enquiries from EU owners and breeders

Please contact the FPS office by email, if you have any queries regarding the issue and updating of passports for Fell Ponies in the EU.

The FPS can continue to issue Stallion Licences for Fell Ponies in the EU

We can:
- accept FPS membership applications - for new EU members and renewals
- issue stallion service books and accept service details online for EU ponies who have already been issued with a FPS Stallion License
- issue FIS test kits to EU members
- issue DNA test kits to EU members
- issue prefix applications for EU members to register a prefix with the Central Prefix Register

Please be assured that we are still working very hard to support members and ponies within the EU.



14 Sept 2021

FPS has no connection with FPHT

As a result of a number of enquiries we would like to state that the Fell Pony Society has no connection with the Fell Pony Heritage Trust other than the founder is a member of the Society. None of the FPS Council are trustees of the Trust and although the FPS agrees with some of their objectives (which are identical to those of the FPS) the Society has no other connections. Hopefully this will clear up some of the confusion. 22 April 2021

Deadlines for Breeders

· The current Equine Identification regulations require the applications for foal passports to arrive with the Society within 6 months of birth or 30 November whichever is the later. However in addition to the above, FPS regulations require applications to be received by no later than 31 December (irrespective of age) or the application will be treated as late and will require late registration fees and confirmation of the sire and dam by DNA. Double fees may also apply if applications are received during December.

· Service Books / notifications of coverings online must be notified by 31 December in the year of covering; if not, any resulting foal will have to be DNA typed to confirm the sire prior to registration.

When completing stallion service certificates please complete all the details fully, including full name and registration number of stallion and mare and full dates of covering to include at least month and year. Month on its own with no year is unacceptable. 20 November 2019