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The Fell Pony Society

Important notices are generally headlined for a short time on the front page. We include information from other U.K. societies here when it is of interest to Fell pony owners.

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Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Challenge

 Challenge 2023

Ride, lead or drive 96 miles...

Go to the Challenge page to read more!

Also look out for information on the Challenge Facebook page.

FPS Show and Sale Saturday 28 October 2023

Catalogues are available to download from or Tel: 015395 66200.
Pre sale show is at 9.00am, followed by the sale at 10.30am.
Vendors - please hand in your passports as soon as possible and by no later than 10.30am, to the FPS stand and not into the NWA office.
Potential Purchasers - you must obtain a buyer's number prior to commencement of the sale, from the NWA office.
Purchasers - once you have paid for your purchase, bring your receipt to the FPS stand to process the transfer of ownership and collect the passport.
FPS merchandise will be available to purchase on the day.
Payments can be accepted in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer, (proof or payment required). Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you on 28 October.  19 October 2023

RBST & DEFRA webinar, 19 October

Environmental Land Management with Native Breeds webinar

Date: Thursday 19th October, Time: 7:30pm
If you are interested you still have plenty of time to register by e-mailing

The zoom link will be sent to you by email on Wednesday 18th October by 5pm. Please ensure you check your junk/spam folders in case it is filtered out. 27 Sep 2023

Launch of BHF Better Beginnings Best Practice Guide ‘Young Horse Development’

October 2023 - The guide offers the latest and proven methods to ensure the best start for your equine partner's long, happy life. For more information please see or download the information sheet here: More >>>

See British Horse Foundation Updated 16 October Sept 23

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. UK and overseas tests should be via via Weatherbys where possible but US breeders can use a lab in their own country and then be issued with a credit against future transactions once confirmation of amount paid is received, up to a maximum of £50.

On request the DNA kit will be issued with the passport application form, and the foal should be microchipped at the same that the vet takes the hair sample. The hair sample must be taken by a vet.

Parentage testing to be carried out where possible.

The FPS will not pay for the DNA test when

    i) the foal is a result of AI

    ii) the sire is required to be confirmed as there is no service certificate or the service certificate was submitted late

    iii) it is a late registration requiring parentage testing

    iv) the passport application is received after 30 November in the year of birth. 13 Sept 2023

The Fell Pony Society Annual Show and Sale

Entry forms will be available to download from NW Auctions' web site, or by contacting NWA, tel: 015395 66200,  email:

Remember to get your foal registrations/passport application forms done in plenty of time. Passport applications for foals to be entered in the sale must be with the Society office by 16 September.

Entries to NWA, closing date 29 September.  

There will be no minimum number of entries for the sale to go ahead.

The usual show of entered ponies will be held prior to the sale. 24 August 2023

News from DEFRA, June 2023

The new Equine Exotic Disease Compensation (England) (No 2) Order 2023 came into force on 14 June 2023. More details on the Health page: More >>> 2 July 2023

News from RSPB, June 2023

An endangered butterfly species, the marsh fritillary, is thriving again after Fell ponies and Highland and Belted Galloway cattle replaced grazing sheep at Haweswater.

Reported in the Guardian on 26 June 2023: 28 June 2023

Friends of the Ullswater Way "Understanding Ullswater" evening talk: "Ullswater's Fell Ponies - Past, Present and Future" - Sue Millard & Libby Robinson

The talks will take place at 7.30 pm on Thursday 6th July 2023 at Watermillock Village Hall, Ullswater, Cumbria, and on ZOOM. For more details please see the press release -  More >>>

Please contact Tim Clarke at to register for the talk, indicating whether you wish to follow it at Watermillock Village Hall or by ZOOM. The talk is free. 50 % of donations received will go to FoUW, and 50% to Sue and Libby’s charities of choice.

FoUW was created in April 2016 to promote awareness of the culture and natural heritage around the Ullswater Way. It was granted charitable status in August 2019. 18 June 2023

The Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Challenge 2023

The Challenge begins on 21st April. It will celebrate the life of our late Queen and run from her birthday, 21st April, to 31st October 2023. It is open to all UK and international FPS members. Entrants are invited to complete 96 miles, one for every year of the late Queen’s life, with their Fell ponies and Fell pony friends. More >>> 16 April 2023

27 May -- 18 June - ‘Our Common Heritage Exhibition’

Friends of the Lake District have been collating all the interviews for the Our Common Heritage project which includes some of the Fell pony interviews which they held last year during the Fell Pony Exhibition. More >>>

Lizzie Finlayson-Briant receives Honour

Lizzie Finlayson-Briant has been recognised in the Queen’s Demise Honours List as a Member of the Royal Victorian Order.

Lizzie was named as a recipient of the honour under the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) in recognition of her service to the Queen, as part of the special set of Demise awards. Lizzie served the late monarch for over 20 years, producing her Highland and Fell ponies. The first Fell pony she produced was Lownthwaite Skylark II and they took part in the Golden Jubilee Pageant in 2002. After this she produced  Carltonlima Emma who later became Her Majesty's favourite.
The honours are typically given to members of staff who work closely with the deceased. Whilst other honours are often created by the government, appointees to the Royal Victorian Order are entirely in the gift of the monarch and are made independently from the government.

Lizzie has been a member of the FPS for 35 years. 25 March 2023

Job Vacancy

Contribute to our Native breed: The Fell Pony

We are looking for a brilliant admin assistant who enjoys working in a small team and in an office that can be busy where we are regularly working to tight deadlines. For example providing the administration/preparation for our annual and prestigious stallion and breed show, processing memberships and updating equine passports.

You will support everything to do with our Charity, which in turn helps promote and protect our rare Breed The Fell Pony.

The location is at our office in Appleby. The role is a minimum of 6 hours guaranteed each week with days to suit both parties (the office is shut Fridays). We work as a small team, and with notice extra hours are available to manage at busy times and to cover holidays. Your salary is £10.64 per hour.

If you have brilliant admin and IT skills, enjoy working in a small team environment, we would love to hear from you.
Equine knowledge preferred but please don't let this put you off applying.

Please send an email and your CV to Jane Rawden, a member of our Council.

In your email please provide a short summary of:-
- Why you want to join the team
- Your strengths and experience
- The days would you like to work
Jane’s email is:-  5 February 2023

Veterinary Chiropractic College

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic has recently announced a new 4-year programme in Veterinary Chiropractic available to undergraduates. The course begins in September 2023. An introduction can be seen here or on the College web site, 18 March 2023

Mail delays, February 2023

Following on from the post regarding a cyber incident at Royal Mail.

Our international mail will be dispatched as normal from today, 21 February.

This also means that the FPS magazine will be posted as normal to our overseas members 21 February 2023

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 was Monday 18th October 2022. The results and call for entries for the next Calendar will be in the Spring Magazine. One small change to the rules for the next competition - can I ask that you do not send more than two images per family.

Looking forward to receiving them. Thank you

Michael Goddard, michael.goddard2014

13 October 2022

Requests to donate to the Society in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Secretary is now being asked by members if the Society will be accepting donations in memory of our late Patron.

Following today's Council meeting we are adding this link to the Society's bank details for donations. Please, when you donate, identify the transaction (eg, "donation QE2") and also email the secretary with that information - that enables her to identify your donation for accounting purposes and she will be able to thank you in due course.  13 Sept 2022


It is with deepest sorrow that the Fell Pony Society marks the death of our Sovereign and Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has served as Patron of the Fell Pony Society since 1982. Her  love of horses and ponies will be greatly missed. We join the wider equestrian community in mourning her loss and we are grateful for her generosity to us during the 40 years of her patronage. We send our sincere condolences to the Royal Family. 9 September 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

Centenary Merchandise for 2022

A few of the FPS Centenary goodies are still available.  Details on the Merchandise page. Items can be ordered or reserved 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. E-mail: or

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

Two Surveys

1 - The Society's Conservation and Grazing Sub-Committee is still accepting 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. >>> 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

CautioFake email screenshotn: Phishing emails, 2022

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.

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 "Fell Pony" 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

Centenary 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

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

Donations from the AGM to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal

At the FPS 2022 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

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.

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 (2021)

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 an 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

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.


Katherine 14 Sept 2021

FPS has no connection with FPHT

In response to 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. 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