DARTMOOR PONY SOCIETY BREED DESCRIPTION HEIGHT: Not exceeding 127cm (12.2hh) COLOUR: Bay, Black, Brown, Chestnut, Grey and Roan.
Piebalds and Skewbalds are not allowed.
Excessive white markings should be discouraged.
HEAD AND NECK: The head should be small with large kindly eyes and small alert ears.
It should be well set on a good neck of medium length.
The throat and jaws should be fine and showing no signs of coarseness or throatiness.
Stallions to have a moderate crest.
SHOULDERS: Good shoulders are most important.
They should be well laid back and sloping but not too fine at the withers.
BODY: Of medium length and strong, well ribbed up and with a good depth of girth, giving plenty of heart room.
LOIN AND HINDQUARTERS: Strong and well covered with muscle.
The hind quarters should be of medium length and neither level nor steeply sloping.
The tail should be well set up.
LIMBS: The hocks should be well let down with plenty of length from hip to hock, clean cut and with plenty of bone below the hock.
They should have a strong second thigh.
They should not be ‘sickled’ or ‘cowhocked’.
The fore legs should not be tied in at the elbows.
The fore-arm should be muscular and relatively long and the knee fairly large and flat on the front.
The cannons should be short with ample good, flat, flinty bone.
The pasterns should be sloping but not too long.
The feet should be hard and well shaped.
MOVEMENT: Low and straight coming from the shoulder with good hock action but without exaggeration.
GENERAL: The mane and tail should be full and flowing.
The Dartmoor is a very good looking riding pony, sturdily built yet with quality. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 -5- DARTMOOR PONY SOCIETY SHOWING RULES 1.
Stallions or Colts aged three years or over may not be shown unless in possession of a Dartmoor Pony Society Stallion Licence.
A) Handlers of Stallions and Colts in In-Hand Classes must have attained their 14th birthday before 1st January of the current year.
B) There is no age limit for riders in Mountain and Moorland Ridden and Working Pony Classes with the exception of Stallions and Colts in that riders must have attained their 11th birthday before 1st January of the current year. 2.
No mare with foal at foot or due to foal in the current year may be shown in Ridden classes.
No mare may be shown with a foal under the age of three weeks.
Mares must be accompanied by their foals in the ring.
Where there are two or more classes at a show restricted to Dartmoor ponies only, no member may exhibit unless the judge is from the Dartmoor Pony Society Panel of Judges for the year in question.
If the owner of the Champion at a Star Show is not a member the rosette should be returned to the Society and not presented to the Reserve, or further down the line.
Points do not count towards the Society’s Competitions.
The Dartmoor Pony Society Rosettes may only be awarded to fully and supplementary registered ponies owned by members producing their current membership card at the time of the award.
Ponies in Mixed Mountain and Moorland or Dartmoor classes must be shown unplaited.
No dye or make-up may be used and no false tails or forelocks.
Handlers of ponies in In-hand classes aged 14 years and under must wear correctly secured current British Standard skull caps/riding hats. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Trimming a) Long hairs under the jaw and those protruding from the ears may be trimmed.
B) Whiskers must not be trimmed.
C) The tail may be trimmed at the bottom if excessively long d) Ridden/Driven ponies may be clipped in the interest of welfare, but not their legs.
E) False quarter marks are not allowed. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 -6- EXMOOR PONY SOCIETY — -9- FELL PONY SOCIETY MANE, TAIL AND FEATHERS: Plenty of fine hair at heels (coarse hair objectionable) all the fine hair except that at the point of heel may be cast in summer.
Mane and tail are left to grow long.
ACTION: Walk, smart and true.
Trot well-balanced all round with good knee and hock action, going well from the shoulder and flexing the hocks, not going too wide nor near behind.
Should show great pace and endurance, bringing the hind legs well under the body when going.
GENERAL CHARACTER: The Fell pony should be constitutionally as hard as iron and show good pony characteristics with the unmistakable appearance of hardiness peculiar to mountain ponies, and at the same time, have a lively and alert appearance and great bone.
SCALE OF POINTS Height and Colour Head, nostrils, eyes, ears, throat/jaw, neck Shoulders Carcass Feet, legs and joints and hind legs Action General characteristics SHOWING RULES 1.
Ponies must be shown unplaited and untrimmed, including head, mane, feather and tail, which should not have been previously plaited as the hair should be straight and silky. 2.
Eye make-up and hair dying is not allowed. 3.
Clipping of winter coats on working ponies whilst not encouraged, for showing, is not debarred. 4.
Ponies will not be penalised if they have been freeze-branded. 5.
Brood mares with foals at foot will be eligible for entry in-hand.
Foals may accompany mares into the ring but must be haltered and under control of a competent handler. 6.
Foals must be a minimum of 21 days old on the day of the show. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 10 – 5 10 15 20 25 25 25 FELL PONY SOCIETY 7.
Foals must only be shown in a halter or leather head collar.
No foal to be shown in a bit of any type. 8.
Ponies may be shown shod or unshod. 9.
White rope or webbing halters may be used to show youngstock.
Brood-mares, geld mares and geldings may also be shown in rope or webbing halters or in a bridle.
Yearlings may not be shown bitted. 10.Brood mares suckling foals not to be shown under saddle or in harness. 11.Ridden ponies will be judged 50% conformation and breed characteristics and 50% ride, manners and presentation in the ring. 12.Ponies must be four years old and over in all ridden and driving classes.
The age shall be calculated from 1st January in the year of its birth. 13.All stallions and 2/3 year old colts must hold a current license, and MAY NOT BE ENTERED in any young handler or junior ridden class. 14.Stallions and colts must be adequately bitted and under control of a handler aged 14 or over.
Stallion tack is optional. 15.No ridden pony shall be shown on a leading rein except those exhibited in classes confined to leading rein ponies, or unless otherwise stated in the schedule. 16.Only mares and geldings are eligible in junior, lead rein and first ridden classes. 17.First ridden ponies must be shown in a suitable bridle. 18.In leading rein classes, the lead rein must be affixed to the noseband only.
The reins must go directly from the bit to the rider’s hands.
Must be shown in a snaffle. 19.
In first ridden classes, ponies must not be cantered except in their individual show.
In Novice Ridden classes snaffle bits must be used. 20.Bit-less bridles are not permitted.
Any suitable bridles may be worn in worker hunter classes. 21.Protective leg boots of a plain colour may be used for worker hunter classes only and are not permitted for any other classes.
No bandages, over reach boots or protective pads on pony’s legs or feet are permissible.
Normal shaped plastic stick on shoes are permissible. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 11 – HIGHLAND PONY SOCIETY HIGHLAND PONY CHARACTERISTICS The Highland Pony is one of the two native breeds of the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
As a result, it has over many centuries adapted to the variable and often severe climatic and environmental conditions of Scotland.
The winter coat consists of a layer of strong badger like hair over a soft dense undercoat which enables this breed of pony to live out in all weathers.
This coat is shed in the spring to reveal a smooth summer coat.
This essential hardiness is combined with a kindly nature and an even temperament HIGHLAND PONY BREED DESCRIPTION The Breed is a strong well balanced compact pony with all its features being in proportion to its height.
It is one of the largest of the British Native Breeds and should show substance and strength.
HEIGHT: The height is 13hh – 14.2 hh. (132cms – 148cms) HEAD: Well carried and alert with kindly eye.
Broad muzzled with a deep jowl.
NECK AND SHOULDERS: Reasonable length of neck from wither with a good sloping shoulder and well placed forearm.
BODY: Well balanced and compact with plenty of room for heart and lungs.
Ribs well sprung.
QUARTERS AND HINDLEGS: Powerful quarters with well developed thigh, strong second thigh and clean flat hocks.
LEGS: Flat hard bone, broad knees, short cannon bones, oblique pasterns and well shaped broad dark hoofs.
Feather soft and silky.
MANE AND TAIL: Hair should be natural, flowing and untrimmed with a full tail.
COLOURS: A range of duns, mouse, yellow, grey, cream.
Also grey, brown, black, bay and occasionally liver chestnut with silver mane and tail.
Many ponies have a dorsal stripe and some show zebra markings on legs and shoulder.
A small star is acceptable but other white markings are discouraged.
Foal coat often changes and many ponies change colour gradually as they grow older, especially those with grey hairs interspersed with the original colour.
Others show a slight seasonal change in colour between winter and summer coats.
Broken colours are not allowed.
STALLIONS with white markings other than a small star are NOT eligible for licensing.
ACTION: Straight and free moving without undue knee action.
CAPABILITIES: A ride, drive and pack animal and can adapt to many equestrian disciplines. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 12 – HIGHLAND PONY SOCIETY SHOWING RECOMMENDATIONS Show Preparations for In-hand and Ridden Classes Pony: There should be no pulling, plaiting or trimming of mane and tail, nor the feather on the legs.
Eye or other cosmetic make-up must not be applied under any circumstances.
The pony should be shampooed, or thoroughly groomed to look and feel absolutely clean with mane and tail brushed out well with a soft brush.
Excessive hair under chin etc can be discreetly laid with a damp brush before going into the ring.
Hoofs should only be oiled.
For the pony’s welfare, ridden ponies for winter competitions or hunting may be clipped out, always giving due regard to the above preparation recommendations.
Legs should not be clipped in these cases.
No trimming is permitted otherwise.
It should also be accepted that these clipped ponies may be placed somewhat lower if shown in-hand in early spring show classes, depending on the in-hand judge’s views.
Please note: No white markings of any description, or white legs or hoofs, with the exception of a small star, are acceptable in the show ring.
The Highland Pony Society actively discourages white markings of any description other than a small white star.
RECOMMENDED TURNOUT FOR HANDLER AND PONY- IN-HAND CLASSES HANDLER FEMALE: Well-cut skirt (tartan or otherwise) or trousers.
MALE: Trousers or kilt with jacket, shirt and tie.
Riding clothes with hard hat also smart, particularly on children.
PONY STALLION: Strong stallion bridle with white lead rope, chain or leather coupling under chin.
Straight bar or snaffle bit or other suitable control bit.
Roller with one side rein, usually on off-side correctly fitted.
MARES AND STOCK OVER THREE YEARS: Show bridle with brass buckles or good quality brass-mounted headcollar with snaffle bit attached by bit straps.
White cotton lead rope and rope halters may also be used.
YOUNGSTOCK: Show bridle with light straight bar bit (nylon or vulcanite mouth piece) or white cotton webbing halter.
FOALS: Leather foal slip with white webbing lead rope or extra-long halter.
RIDDEN CLASSES NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 13 – HIGHLAND PONY SOCIETY RIDER: Breeches and boots or jodhpurs and jodhpur boots.
Tweed jackets with shirt and tie.
Tweed jackets are preferable to black/navy.
Current standard hats to be worn when mounted.
Gloves and cane/whip. (N.B.
Certain ridden classes have rules on canes and whips) PONY: Immaculate tack.
Double bridle, pelham or suitable snaffle on open ponies.
Suitable snaffle on novice ponies.
Well-fitting saddle. (2) Mares and stock over three years.
Show bridle with brass buckles or good quality brass-mounted headcollar with snaffle bit attached by bit straps.
White webbing or cotton lead rope.
White cotton or webbing halters may also be used.
Show bridle with light straight bar bit (nylon or vulcanite mouth piece) or white cotton halter.
Leather foal slip with white lead rope or extra long halter.
RIDDEN CLASSES Rider Breeches and boots or jodphurs and jodphur boots.
Tweed jackets with shirt and tie.
Tweed jackets are preferable to black/navy.
Current standard hats to be worn when mounted.
Gloves and cane/whip (NB: Certain ridden classes have rules on canes and whips).
Pony Immaculate tack.
Double bridle, pelham or suitable snaffle bridle on younger/novice ponies.
Well fitting saddle, no martingale. (3) NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 14 – NEW FOREST PONY BREEDING & CATTLE SOCIETY BREED DESCRIPTION Height The upper height limit is 148 cms.
There is no lower limit.
All ponies should be judged equally regardless of height.
They are normally shown in 2 height sections 138 cms and under (competition type A) and over 138 cms (competition height B).
Colour New Forest ponies may be any colour except piebald, skewbald, spotted or blue eyed cream.
Palomino or very light chestnut and cream ponies with dark eyes are not eligible as licensed stallions.
Blue eyes are not permitted.
White markings other than on the head and lower limbs: loss of, or absence of, pigment in hair or skin that is not known to have been associated solely with skin trauma is not acceptable.
So, for the purposes of entry into the approved section of the Stud Book a pony shall not have any white markings behind the head, above a horizontal line level with the bony protuberance of the accessory carpal bone at the back of the knee in the forelimb, and the point of the hock in the hind limb, unless proven to be due to trauma/injury.
Type New Forest ponies should be of working type with substance.
They should have sloping shoulders, strong quarters, plenty of flat bone, good depth of body, straight limbs and good hard round feet.
The ponies are quite capable of carrying adults, while narrow enough for small children.
The smaller ponies, though not up to so much weight, often show more quality.
Action This should be free, active and straight, but not exaggerated.
Temperament The New Forest Pony has an ideal temperament and should be very easy to train.
Ponies registered in the X Section of the Stud Book may not adhere to the Breed Standard.
These ponies are not permitted in Registered New Forest Pony classes. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 15 – — SECTIONS C & D Section C – not exceeding 13.2hh (137.2 cms) Section D – should exceed 13.2hh (137.2 cms) but no upper limit GENERAL CHARACTER: Strong, hardy and active, with pony character and as much substance as possible.
COLOUR: Any colour, except piebald and skewbald.
HEAD: Full of quality and pony character.
A coarse head and Roman nose are most objectionable.
EYES: Bold, prominent and set widely apart.
EARS: Neat and well set.
NECK: Lengthy and well carried.
Moderately lean in the case of mares, but inclined to be cresty in the case of mature stallions.
SHOULDERS: Strong but well laid back.
FORELEGS: Set square and not tied in at the elbows.
Long, strong forearms.
Knees well developed with an abundance of bone below them.
Pasterns of proportionate slope and length.
When in the rough, a moderate quantity of silky feather is not objected to but coarse wiry hair is a definite objection.
MIDDLEPIECE: Back and loins, muscular, strong and well-coupled.
Deep through the heart and well-ribbed up.
HIND QUARTERS: Lengthy and strong.
Ragged or drooping quarters are objectionable.
Tail well-set on.
HIND LEGS: Second thighs, strong and muscular.
Hocks, large, flat and clean, with points prominent, turning neither inwards nor outwards.
The hind legs must not be too bent and the hock not set behind a line falling from the point of the quarter to the fetlock joint.
Pasterns of proportionate slope and length.
ACTION: Free, true and forcible.
The knee should be bent and the whole foreleg should be extended straight from the shoulder and as far forward as possible in the trot.
Hocks flexed under the body with straight and powerful leverage.
HEIGHT: NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 21 – WELSH PONY AND COB SOCIETY SHOWING RULES 1. 1.1 Stallions and Colts A stallion is accepted as such when 4 years of age.
All stallions, 4 years old and over exhibited in stallion classes must be in possession of a Welsh Pony & Cob Society Licence of Correctness (or acknowledged alternative).
Colts may be licensed from 1st January of their 2 year old year and all colts presented for stallion premiums must be licensed.
Progeny of unlicensed colts or stallions are not eligible for registration. 1.2 In the interest of safety all stallions and colts, two years old or over must be suitably bitted and led by a handler that has attained their 14th birthday before January 1st of the current year.
Please note that colts out of F.S.1. (first generation foundation stock) mares are not eligible to compete at shows and can only be entered for competition after castration and entry in Section E of the Stud Book.
Mares For showing purposes, females are acknowledged as being Brood Mares when four years old or over with foal at foot or has produced a foal in the current year.
Three year old fillies with foals at foot should be discouraged from competing.
A Novice Brood Mare is a pony or cob that has not won a first prize in any Brood Mare Classes up to and including the published closing date of entry.
A Barren Mare, for the purpose of showing, is a mare that has not produced a foal and will not produce a foal in the current year.
Foals Mares with Foals under 3 weeks of age must not be exhibited.
No foal to be shown in a bit of any type.
Halter or leather head collar 1.3 2. 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3. 3.1 3.2 4. 4.1 Trimming Animals registered in Sections A, B, C, D & E must be shown in as natural a state as possible, manes and tails must not be plaited with the exception of a single long plait behind the ear.
Welsh Part-Breds should preferably be plaited but this is optional. – 22 – — (d) 11.4 Substitutions and nomination of entries are not allowed. 12.
Whips and Canes (Riding) 12.1 No riding whips/canes shall exceed 75cms (30 inches). NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 24 – WELSH PONY AND COB SOCIETY 13.
Performance Classes 13.1 There is no age restriction for riders in open pure bred Welsh Pony or Cob ridden classes with the exception of stallions in that riders must have attained their 12th birthday before the 1st of January of the current year when riding a Section A, B or Part-bred under 137.2cms (13.2hh) and their 14th before the first of January of the current year for Section C, D or Part-bred over 137.2cms (13.2hh).
Riders of Welsh Part-Bred animals may be governed by specific age groups within their classification. 13.2 In driven competition the driver, groom(s) and passenger(s) must have attained their 15th birthday on the first day of the show at which they are to compete.
In the event that the driver is under the age of 18 he/she must be accompanied in the vehicle by a person aged 18 or over.
Proof of age will be required in the event of a query. 13.3 No spurs to be used in any class. 13.4 A Judge has the power to ask any animal, which constitutes a danger, to leave the ring.
The Judge’s decision is final. 13.5 Where a rider has been unseated or fallen from his/her animal, the rider cannot re-mount in the ring.
The animal must be led out of the ring and cannot re-join the Class. 13.6 Correctly secured British standard skull caps/riding hats up to current British Standard must be worn at all times when mounted.
A competitor whose hat comes off, or chin strap comes undone whilst competing must, on penalty of elimination replace it or fasten it before continuing.
He may dismount without penalty to recover the hat or have it passed up from the ground, or may stop without penalty to fasten the chin strap. 13.7 No change of rider will be allowed during a class without the Judge’s permission.
Where an exhibitor qualifies two animals for a championship, they must elect a substitute rider who conforms to the regulations of the class. 13.8 In all ridden and driven classes ponies/cobs/part-breds must be 4 years old or over. 13.9 Mares with a suckling foal born during the current season are not eligible to compete in ridden or driven classes. 13.10 No animal will be shown on a leading rein except those entered in Leading Rein classes. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 25 – WELSH PONY AND COB SOCIETY 13.11 Grooms and handlers, when entering the ring, must at all times look neat and smartly dressed. 14 Novices 14.1 A pony/cob/Welsh Part-Bred shall be deemed not to be a Novice if, by 1st January of the current year, it has won an Open class within the discipline in which it is currently competing. 14.2 All Novice ridden animals must be shown in a suitable snaffle bridle. 15.
Lead Rein and First Ridden 15.1 Classification should be as follows: Mountain and Moorland Lead Rein, open to registered Welsh Sections A or B, mare or geldings not exceeding 122cms (12hh).
Riders must have attained their 3rd birthday but must not have attained their 9th birthday before 1st January in the current year.
Ponies to be shown in a suitable snaffle bridle – the reins to go directly from the bit to the rider’s hands.
The lead rein must be attached to the noseband only; no extra attachment to or on the saddle.
Mountain and Moorland First Ridden, open to registered Welsh Sections A or B, mares or geldings, not exceeding 128cms (12.2 hh).
Riders must not have attained their 12th birthday before 1st January in the current year.
Ponies are to be shown in a suitable bridle.
Ponies must not be cantered except in their individual show. 16.
Pure Bred Ridden Classes 16.1 It is required by the Society that Welsh Mountain Ponies and Welsh Ponies, Sections A and B, shown under saddle (stallions, mares and geldings) must be judged at the Walk, Trot and Canter.
Riders will be asked to gallop during their individual show.
The only exception to this rule is where, at the discretion of the Judge/Show it is deemed too dangerous to gallop.
Judges must also take into consideration manners, way of going, conformation and breed type.
The animals may be ridden at the discretion of the Judge. 17.
Working Hunter Classes 17.1 Working Hunter Pony classes, open to stallions, mares and geldings. 17.2 No pony may be shown on a lead-rein. NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012 – 26 – WELSH PONY AND COB SOCIETY 17.3 No change of rider or saddlery is allowed between phases or during a phase.
Protective boots may be used for the jumping phases only.
Bandages and protective pads on animals feet are not allowed. 17.4 Once judging has commenced, if a pony leaves the ring, it will be eliminated from the class. 17.5 Five classes are recommended: Height Section 1 Height Section 2 Height Section 3 Height Section 4 Not exceeding 122cm (12hh) Exceeding 122cm (12hh) and not exceeding 133cm (13hh) Exceeding 134cm (13hh) and not exceeding 143cm (14hh) Exceeding 143cm (14 hh) If Welsh Part-Breds are competing within the same section, end class 4 at 153cms (15hh) and add: Height Section 5 Exceeding 153cm (15 hh) 17.6 Fences must be of a hunting type built with rustic materials and be as substantial as possible. (a) The maximum spread must be at the base of the fence. (b) Not more than two fences may be of maximum spread. (c) Round poles to have round cups, gates to have flat cups. (d) The jumping phase will be taken first and any pony eliminated will not be required again. (e) The course must consist of a minimum of seven fences, maximum of nine, one of which must be a spread, with no more than two double elements.
A change of direction must be included. (f) It is recommended that competitors be allowed to walk the course on foot before their class. 17.7 Height of Fences Height Height Section 1 Height Section 2 Height Section 3 Height Section 4 Height Section 5 Min 1’9” (53 cms) 2’3” (69 cms) 2’6” (76 cms) 2’9” (84 cms) 3’0” (90 cms) Max 2’0” (61 cms) 2’6” (76 cms) 3’0” (90 cms) 3’3” (99 cms) 3’6” (106 cms) Spread Max 1’9” (53 cms) 2’3” (69 cms) 2’6” (76 cms) 2’9” (84 cms) 3’0” (90 cms) NPS Breed Standards – Approved 2012
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