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Page 3 PRESIDENTS NOTES It is a great honour to be voted President of the Society and I was delighted to take up this mantle in March of this Millennium year.

Looking back over the Society’s history it seems I qualify as the youngest person to hold this honorary capacity, and therefore my appointment has set a precedent of which I hope my predecessor, the remarkable Molly Laing, would approve.

Molly told me at the dinner dance held a few years ago at Crooklands that she intended to write the story of her life.

Due to her inability to refuse work, she never had the time to write what would have been a fascinating’ no doubt long book.

More’s the pity.

This year saw the inauguration of regional support groups, networking on a regional basis drawing together FPS members.

Initially with funds loaned from the Society, these groups are developing well, so well that some groups have already repaid their loans and are now self-financing.

They organise events of a varied nature, from demonstrations to pleasure rides, visits and socials.

The existence of these support groups will in particular benefit members who -For many reasons feel too remote from the main centre of activity, the North West, and should help to keep members in touch with developments within the Society.

Finally, a thank you to those people who have helped the vets in Liverpool and Penrith this year with their continuing research into the foal mortalities.

Every sample is important in putting together the complex picture of this condition and will contribute to the ultimate identification of the problem. Sally Wood CHAIRMAN’S REPORT In the Spring Newsletter I dwelt largely on Society administrative and financial problems.

We have far to go and lots to learn, but are making good progress – so many of you have taken part in assisting in a variety of ways, Thank You.

I particularly wish, on your behalf to repeat my indebtedness to Barry Allen for his term as Council Member and Vice Chairman.

His wise advice and extreme hard work, together with his humour and friendship, cannot be over emphasised; and that goes for his wife Cath as well.

Margaret Raines was elected Vice Chairman in May and has stepped into the breech in a seriously business like manner.

That is just what we need and please Margaret do not burn yourself out! Derek, her husband, is of stalwart support and a wise adviser.

I am pleased to welcome Sally Wood as our new President, and I am sure her past experience as the Society Secretary will be of great value.

Page 4 During the period without a Society Secretary, which I call “The 6 month Turmoil”, most of you were tolerant and understanding.

Thank You.

Our difficulties were compounded by so many changes which are not of our making; EU Rules, MAFF pressure with no firm advice, much appalling inaccurate media coverage which is uncontrollable, low values for our ponies, incentives in ESA areas to reduce stocking levels, and so on.

To the Council Members and several others who spent many hours both in the office and at home we should be grateful.

It was stressful both to them and their families but, in carrying the can, we have learnt a lot and are wiser and more prepared to tackle the future.

Various Council Members are now responsible for particular tasks and small working groups/sub committees have been set up to advise the Council and instigate action following their decisions.; these groups include: Finance Committee, Show Working Group, Publicity, Archives and Management of Sales articles.

As already publicised, Beth Slater is doing a fine job as Treasurer and her husband John is helping with membership, as well as publishing our Newsletters.

I believe the various Area Support Groups are “getting into harness” and hence will play an increasing role in many spheres.

Jackie and Bob Clegg are enthusiastically collecting and documenting much archive material, as well as exhibiting our Breed credentials and Sales articles at various shows.

By the time this goes to print I hope we will have purchased a small exhibition trailer; – that will save considerable show/site costs and make the logistics of publicity and sales much easier.

Now, to the focal point of your Society.

The Office and the Secretary’s role.

Caroline Singer started well, is business like and continues to grasp the task in a cool and efficient manner.

I am delighted with her effectiveness and we must do all we can to assist and support her.

I have an apology to make, particularly to our younger members.

At the AGM we did not have the Performance Awards available.

I am very sorry to have disappointed the prize winners and not to applaud them sufficiently.

Due to the administrative difficulties our lines got crossed.

The awards have now been dispatched with a letter of apology and congratulation.

The Fell Foal Syndrome must be uppermost in some of your thoughts.

In June Margaret Raines and I visited The Rare Breeds Survival Trust offices at Stoneleigh.

We had a 21/2 -hour meeting with the Executives of that Society.

Your Council have appointed them as the advisory body to resolve the problem that our breed contains.

Their expertise is acknowledged internationally in the resolution of comparable breed problems and we are confident in their ability to give us the best advice available.

Dr Ian Gill has written a separate article, which is published elsewhere in this Newsletter.

He will voluntarily be guiding, advising and monitoring our plans to eradicate the “syndrome” from our breed.

When the Scientists at Liverpool, and elsewhere, have definitively diagnosed the exact details of the syndrome and when Page 5 they have developed a marker test for ponies, Dr Gill will give us his best advice.

This is likely to be a controlled breeding programme and he knows from previous experience that the chances of success are very high.

Two points I must emphasise which many people seem to have misunderstood are: Firstly, as far as we have experienced, NO pony is going to die or suffer because of the syndrome after it is weaned or is about 6 months old; Secondly, when a Marker Test has been found, the choice of pony parentage remains with owners, BUT a parent that is “marked” by the test should NOT be destroyed and indeed is perfectly capable of breeding a fit offspring.

Therefore, please ask for advice and do not be too hasty in your presumptions.

Dr Gill has confidence in eradicating the syndrome and we must KEEP as large a gene pool of ponies as possible.

Fell Pony 2000 has done an excellent job in raising awareness of our problem, despite much unsolicitated media drama attention ,and has raised considerable funds for this particular problem as our charitable arm; we are much indebted to them.

They finish their official role at the end of the year 2000 .

None of us are in any way at fault for the totally fatuous but destructive press coverage we have received.

Arnold Garvey, Editor of Horse and Hound, has been constructive, supportive and virtually correct in his considerable number of articles.

Sadly, the general public do not read Horse and Hound.

And the .same comment could be made on the Countryside Alliance issue .

Dr Stuart Carter and Gareth Thomas, plus their team, become more and more optimistic, and we await their Liverpool University results.

Gareth Thomas has been very active around the shows and studs, taking samples, micro- chipping ponies and communicating with the members.

He has foaled six mares at Leahurst.

All so far “happy healthy” foals, – and their samples have been of great value.

The Rules and Regulations are in the process of review.

They will not be complete for this mailing.

Please consult if you have any queries and we hope to re-issue them with the Spring Newsletter in 2001.

This particularly concerns “Identification” and “Postal Voting”.

The outline of recent decisions is printed separately at the end of my report.

We have yet to clarify administration details, but hope to arrange considerable cost saving for micro chipping due to an offer made by BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association).

This may not cover the whole UK but may avoid a full call out fee from your vet.

We also are investigating the training of our own approved microchip operators, but legislation and insurance are proving a problem.

The subject of Postal Voting for election of members to The Council has been discussed regularly at Council Meetings, and occasionally at General Meetings, and has continually been rejected.

The chief grounds for rejection having been that fewer members would attend General Meetings and that members would vote for candidates about whom they had no particular knowledge to judge their capabilities.

Page 6 Following the Spring AGM, and consequent upon a show of hands of about 50:50, the Council agreed to debate this subject at their next meeting on 11th July.

After two years of difficult negotiation your Council came to an agreement with the Dutch FPS about 31 ponies that had been exported to Holland without completing the correct procedures.

We insisted that all 31 ponies be DNA tested and that their parents be DNA tested also.

If they passed the parentage test then they would be recognised as correct in the Stud Book.

The majority have now been recognised and we await a few results.

I cannot mention all the individual exhibitors and ponies that have been so successful in all spheres nationally as well as locally – there have been so many.

But to all of you and your ponies well done, you are keeping our breed flag flying high.

The NPS Breed WHP, Novice Ridden, Junior Ridden and Veteran Ridden Qualifier letter was lost in the “turmoil”.

The Forsman’s took on all the WHP Qualifiers at their show in June, as usual, and The Hexham Native Horse and Pony Show agreed to take on the Ridden Qualifiers in July.

The WHP entries were so poor for June that they were transferred to The Hexham Native Show in July; all things considered the entries for these qualifiers were excellent except for the veterans.

For 2001 it is hoped to have the Ridden Qualifiers held earlier in the year at a suitable venue in Cumbria, and also the Main NPS Breed WHP Qualifier.

The NPS Native Breed WHP Qualifier Offers 6 qualifiers, which can be at different shows, so it is hoped to find venues throughout the country for this qualifier.

As already referred to we have a worry about ESA’s.

That is an “Environmentally Sensitive Area”.

Carole Morland, one of your Council Members, has written an article elsewhere in this Newsletter, which poses our problem.

We will attempt to persuade the parties involved to realise that our ponies should be “part of the Fell” and not be bribed to go.

It will not be easy – but the Exmoors are succeeding and we are in close touch with them and others involved.

A subject, which I dislike mentioning, but which must be done, is the behaviour at General Meetings.

I am tarred with the brush as a mediator and have no intention of changing.

However, a 6 -hour General Meeting is not on.

You could say that I should cut the debate short, but then I would be denying the twice a year opportunity for members to air their views.

I therefore, ask you please to be concise and not repetitive, and help me to bring the views to an amicable conclusion. “And then we will have time for a general chat over tea”.

Finally, I especially wish to give tribute and to thank those who have served on your Council and to welcome those new arrivals.

Barry Allen has already had his commendation as the ex-Vice Chairman.

I hope he will be back; he has retired and has free time! Mrs Ailie Newall.

It is hard to find a few words, it would take a book! 40 plus years on the Council.

My Grandfather set her and her husband Gerald up in Fell ponies in Page 7 the 1940’s.

They already had “those” little Shetlands.

Ailie breeds the best, and has a great eye.; she goes for action as well as type and kept our breed in the public eye more than any other during the 1950’s to 1970’s and she still goes on.

She is of strong opinion and is so often right – “the Scottish touch”.; a sister in law to the late Sylvia McCosh of Dalemain; it is in the family.

I treasure the reminiscences of over 50 years as our neighbouring Fell Pony Stud in Northumberland.

Ailie stood down due to private reasons and perhaps she will be back.

However, she continues as the “boss” of the judge’s panel and does it well.

And we cannot thank you enough.

Christine Morton, Frank Wales of Lownthwaite’s daughter, is an extreme enthusiast and clever breeder of ponies.

She carries on the family tradition together with her sister Frances.

Christine did a mammoth job in the office in difficult times, together with Cath Wilkinson and we thank them for their energetic and enthusiastic contribution to Council business and debate.

I am pleased to welcome the four new Members of Council.

They have all contributed a lot to our breed and I am sure they will do so even more now that they are on the Council.

They are Mrs Glenis Cockbain, Mr Ian Dixon, Mrs Carole Morland and Mr Ian Smith.

Just to give you even more to read – Sarah, Jenny, Lucie and I have just spent 2 weeks in the Andalucian Mountains of Southern Spain.

Apart from a good measure of sun and warmth (what is that I hear you say), views to Gibraltar and the Rif Mountains of North Africa – one of our highlights was a visit to Jerez and The Spanish School of Riding and to watch the fantastic display of “Airs Above The Ground” they put on with their Andalucian Horses.

If only we could do that! The locals in the mountain village also “promenaded” their beloved horses around their village for all to see most evenings.

So much better than motorbikes or the like! We all have so much to learn!! Good Luck, keep going and thank you for your continued support Bob Charlton Secretary’s Report Well, at the time of writing this I am suffering with a broken collar bone.

I wish to thank those of you who have sent me ‘get well’ messages; they have cheered me up at what is a low time.

The offending Connemara has now been sold and I look forward to purchasing my first Fell.

I would like to welcome our new members to the Society, 135 to date, and hope you enjoy reading your first newsletter.

I have had an eventful first few months attending as many Society events as possible.

The Stallion & Colt Show was the first show where I was actually able to get amongst some Fells and see what the ‘hairy beasties’ looked like in the flesh and was amazed just how friendly and calm the two stallions that I went to see were.

I Page 8 can definitely say it was then that my whole perception of the breed changed.

I was then due to go to the WHP event held at Peter Forsman’s.

Unfortunately this was cancelled as there were only four entries.

In July I had the opportunity of attending the Stud Visit held by Bert and Carole Morland where the weather was perfect (see comments further on).

The following day was Windermere Show where a light drizzle turned into a torrential downpour.

After seeing a duck land on a newly created pond in the show ring, I decided it was time to retreat and went home to get dry I was glad that I wasn’t one of the exhibitors, who proved that they were made of harder stuff!! After a short break, we had Lowther and the Breed Show in quick succession.

There were a decent amount of entries at Lowther, though the main ring display and commentary was disappointing.

The highlight for me was seeing Lunesdale Prince Henry doing what Fells are renowned for – his magnificent trot around the arena.

Finally the Breed Show.

I saw bits of classes throughout the day and met many new and old faces from home and abroad whilst helping man the Sales Stand.

At the end of the day I felt tired but happy – I really enjoyed this show.

What made the day especially nice was that one member came up to the stand at the end of the show and said how much he had enjoyed himself.

Luckily the rain held off until the end.

The shows made a loss this year and probably have been losing money for quite a few years now.

As our Chairman has mentioned we now have a Finance Committee which is looking at ways of improving our current situation and raising money.

We also have a Show Committee who will be looking at ways to make the shows more profitable.

Suggestions are welcome from our members.

Winter is nearly upon us and with it comes OLYMPIA.

This year, as far as I know, we only have one pony through from the Breed Show qualifier.

I am sure I can say on behalf of all our members – Good Luck Julie Robinson and Lunesdale Rowan, our fingers and toes will be crossed – hopefully it will be ‘our year’, it’s about time.

And many of our members will be down there to cheer you on.

With that I would like to say a few thank yous.

Firstly to Barry Allen for looking after me and showing me the ropes in my first week.

To Jacki and Bob Clegg for their hard work and enthusiasm with taking the sales and display stand to shows and to Judy Hill for all her help and support.

I wish to thank all the other people in the background that have helped in many ways, especially Margaret Raines and the Slater’s.

Not forgetting Bob Charlton and his suitcase – which I will eventually get into!! Finally I wish to thank all our members for being understanding and patient with me.

An early Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Caroline Singer PS The 1999 Stud Book should be available around Christmas time. Page 9 — Subscription rates are as follows: Full Member £15.00 Junior Member (Under age 18) £ 7.50 Family Member £ 7.50 Family Member is a member with one full member in the Society in their family and wishes to be an Associate Member with no voting powers.

Subscriptions are renewable annually on 1st January.

There is a period of st grace of 3 months, until 1 April, at which time membership is deemed to have lapsed.

A reminder letter will be issued in due course, after which no further mailings will be sent and privileges of membership of the Society are withdrawn.

The Secretary & Treasurer, Federation House, Gilwilly Industrial Estate, Penrith, Cumbria, CAI 1 9BL.

E-mail: fpsoc@bhs-inter.net.

Telephone/ Fax: 01768 891001 A Company Limited by Guarantee.company Number 3233346 TREASURER’S REPORT Having been Treasurer for approximately six months I feel it would not be fair to give a full report of Income and Expenses until a year has passed.

It does seem in general that the shows have not made a great deal of money , however Memberships are on the increase together with Transfers and Registrations.

Sales goods have been selling very well since Spring with some new and interesting items to the fore.

The Finance Committee under the Chairmanship of Margaret Raines meets regularly to review purchases and sales and chase up any outstanding invoices! Page 14 Finally, thank you to all those members who pay their subscriptions by Bankers Order; this saves the Society time (and money!) As we are trying to centralise things all new Bankers Orders will be processed into Lloyds TSB, 5 -6 King St., Penrith CA 11 7 AP Account No. 0254896 Sort Code 30-16-28 and it would greatly help if any members who have Bankers Orders with the Bank of Scotland could transfer to Lloyds by informing their bank of the change over.

Forms are available from the Office and also at the Autumn Meeting.

Looking forward to more members for 2001! Beth Slater Securing the future of the Fell Pony From the outside of the Fell Pony world it is clear that there are many problems facing this wonderful breed.

One of these is the Fell foal syndrome, which as many of you will know is my particular area of interest.

Thanks to the help of many breeders this year and in particular some of the volume breeders, the research team has enough samples to continue in earnest with the next round of genetic testing this winter.

I would, however, like to take this opportunity to encourage you to think about the long-term future of your breed, and ask you not to reduce the Fell Pony gene pool any further by attempting to breed out this disease on the basis of rumours and hearsay.

Please remember that mating two carrier ponies leads to a 1 in 4 chance of producing a syndrome foal, but there is also a 1 in 4 chance of producing a normal non-carrier foal from the same mating.

It is these normal foals that are going to play an important part in the future of the breed by maintaining a varied gene pool while simultaneously reducing the number of syndrome foals.

Trying to breed out the syndrome without a carrier test may actually severely damage the breed by losing valuable gene pools unnecessarily.

By Gareth Thomas BVM&S, MRCVS, University of Liverpool Fell Pony 2000 Ride Kirkby Lonsdale 14th May 2000. There was a good turnout with 41 riders taking part.

Over £330.00 was made for FP2000 and once again the weather was excellent! Eight Fell Ponies who took part : Heltondale Ruby VIII,Stennerskeugh Joe,Tebay Vespa, Baronshill Ariel,Townend Honour, Princess Abigail of Bega, Oscar and Hadrian Grateful thanks to all who helped make the ride a success Page 15 Fell Pony Syndrome: -just -another unwanted mutant gene Strong evidence is accumulating which suggests that Fell Pony Syndrome is the expression of a recessive gene form (allele).

When the gene responsible is present as two copies of this allele the foal suffers from the syndrome.

When the allele is present as one copy and is therefore accompanied by the other normal gene copy the foal, although a carrier, is entirely normal but will pass the unwanted allele to half its offspring.

When two carriers are mated there is a 25% chance of any foal showing the syndrome.

This is exactly the same scenario as is displayed by any recessive allele in any breed where the expression of the allele is not desired.

An excellent example of such a system is the occurrence of chestnut foals in otherwise black or bay breeds of horse or pony.

It is clear that the breeders will wish to get rid of the allele from the breed and the possibility of the implementation of such a programme has given sensation hungry reporters the opportunity to produce horrific scare-mongering headlines in some of our circulation led papers.

When a test for the presence of the allele in carriers is available the control of the disease becomes easy and it can be gradually eliminated from the ponies with no damage to the genetic structure of the breed.

The syndrome will only show if the foal has received a copy of the defective allele from both parents.

If one parent does not have the allele then, no matter what the constitution of the other, the foal cannot have the disease.

The most efficient way to achieve such a breeding system is to use only stallions which have been tested and shown not to carry the allele.

This programme will totally prevent the birth of syndrome foals and will reduce the commonness of the allele by 50% in every generation.

At the beginning of the programme there may be some excellent stallions which on test are shown to be carriers and which, all else being equal, should not be bred from.

If however they need, because of their excellent conformation or other desirable attributes, to be used they can readily be bred from provided that their sons are tested and only their nasty allele free sons used in future generations.

All their daughters can be treated just as potential breeding mares.

After a number of generations the syndrome allele will become so rare in the breed that only few females carry it and at this point mares can be tested and treated for breeding purposes just as were the stallions at the beginning of the control programme.

The allele can then be totally eliminated from the breed.

Summary of the main points of expression and control if Fell Pony Syndrome is the expression of a recessive allele 1. 2. 3. 4.

If a foal with the disease is born both its parents be carriers.

The frequency of carriers is much greater than affected foals born.

The birth of foals with the disease can be prevented if one or other sex of parent does not carry the defective allele.

When a test for the presence of the allele becomes available it is easiest to test the stallions because there are less of them than mares.

Page 16 5. 6. 7. 8. If all the stallions used are free of the allele the frequency of the allele in mares will be reduced by 50% in every generation.

Carrier stallions can be used as long as only their non-carrier sons are used as stallions on future generations.

To totally eliminate the allele from the breed the females also need to be tested and only non-carriers used as parents.

This can be done after a number of generations of selection for syndrome-allele-free stallions.

Breeding from animals which have been ‘cured’ but, because they suffered from the disease are known to have two copies of the defective allele and will therefore pass it to all their foals will maintain the allele in the breed and indeed likely increase its frequency.

The disease will therefore remain in the breed and could increase frequency.

Cured animals should therefore never be bred from. By Dr Ian Gill Chairman RBST Scientific Development Committee VET OF THE YEAR Having missed the deadline to propose our Vet Paul May (BVMS MRCVS) for the “Horse and Hound” Vet of the Year awards in 1999 we were determined to do better in 2000! With only a day to spare we sent in our proposal, outlining Paul’s qualities within the specified 150 – 200 words.

Ever since his first visit after coming into this area about 10 years ago, when we had to put down a much loved mare, we have respected him for his unfailing compassion and patience with animals and humans alike combined obviously with his professional skills.

He was one of the first who began to question the reasons why a disproportionate number of Fell pony foals should be ailing and not responding to normal treatments.

He shared everyone’s obvious distress and tried everything to save them ,often giving up his own time to help.

His input contributed to the first paper to be submitted to the Veterinary Journal on what was to become known as the Fell Pony Syndrome and his interest and concern for the Fell ponies is ongoing.

He gave up his spare time to talk to the Breeders Association members, who because of his approachability were able to ask for information and advice.

Paul May has been a good friend to the Fell Pony Society over the years and we are really pleased and proud that he has recently been selected from hundreds of applications to be Vet of the Year 2000, winning the use of a Saab estate car for a year and £1,000 to donate to a charity of his choice.

Penny Randell Margaret Wilson Why did they not win a Saab too?? Or a Discovery!! Page 17 MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE FELL PONY SOCIETY Held at Lowther Parish Hall, Hackthorpe on Saturday 1 st April 2000 The meeting opened at 1.20 p.m. 1.

Apologies for Absence Mrs Edwards, Mrs.

P.

Fell, Mrs.

J.

Hopkinson, Mrs.

J and Miss.

V Jeory, Mr.

W.

Lloyd, Mrs.

H Mcloughlin, Mr.

P and Mrs.

L Moor (Switzerland), Mr.

D.

Morris, Miss.

A.

Morton, Mrs.

B.

Muller (Germany), Miss.

J Paterson, Mrs.

P.

Randell, Mrs.

P.

Robson, Mrs.

H.

Sands, Misses HE and JJ Smith, Mr.

A.

Thorpe, Mr.

M.

Westerbeek (Holland) and Miss.

J Williamson. 2.

Minutes of the Autumn General Meeting on 23 October 1999 Mr.

D.

Brunt objected to the form of the minutes in the way they related to Fell Pony 2000.

He believed they were not a true and accurate record.

He suggested the following modification to Item 5. “Mr.

Dennis Brunt reported that Fell Pony 2000 would accept the decision of the Council to use the Rare Breeds Survival Trust to continue the project, provided that when full details of the project were forthcoming, they met the criteria laid down in the recent publication, “Fell Pony Dilemma II”.

He said that in view of Fell Pony 2000, any solution, recommendation or breeding advice that might be given to breeders as a result of any project, should recognise that breeders should be free to make their own mating decisions” (this amendment was subsequently agreed).

Mr.

F.

Wales complained that the Minutes had failed to record his expressed opinion that neither the Fell Pony Society nor fell pony breeders could afford DNA testing.

The following sentence should therefore be added to Item 7. “Mr.

F.

Wales expressed the opinion that neither the Fell Pony Society nor fell pony breeders could afford DNA testing”.

Subject to these amendments, Mrs E.

Whitley proposed that the Minutes be approved.

Seconded by Miss M.

Longsdon. 3.

Matters Arising There were no matters arising at the point as several issues would be raised later in the meeting. 4.

Chairman’s Report The Chairman introduced Caroline Singer, the Society’s new Secretary who was attending as an observer but who would commence her duties on 10 April.

He mentioned that the office would remain closed for her first week to facilitate training.

Mrs.

B F Slater had kindly agreed to become Treasurer of the Society.

The Chairman thanked Beth and her husband John for producing a very good Newsletter at short notice and with little assistance.

Mrs.

E.

Stockdale had also stepped in to help with the distribution.

The only amendment necessary in the Newsletter was to the position of Show Affiliation Secretary which was now held Page 18 by Mrs.

G Williamson.

The Chairman had sought legal advice prior to the Meeting regarding proposals at the AGM.

Rules could be changed at the AGM but only on the condition that the item had been put on the Agenda .

A vote taken on the day could only be a recommendation to the Council who had the ultimate authority to change regulations.

The Chairman explained that much of the Society’s business was in response to outside legislation, MAFF etc.

We had to obey the law.

The Council had a problem when the views of the membership were in conflict with the requirements of legislation.

The Chairman understood the feelings of the membership who saw little reason for changing a system which had worked for years.

Issues had to be clarified and regulations would be re-written when final decisions had been reached.

It is important that we should do all we could to raise the price of our ponies.

The Chairman indicated that the Society would consider the use of a Webster in future.

He then moved to the subject of the 31 ponies exported to Holland without complying with Society regulations.

As was the case with any pony whose identification was questionable, the Society had insisted on parentage testing of the ponies before they could be returned to the Stud Book.

Some breeders had refused to supply DNA samples from their ponies and the testing could not be completed.

The decision had been taken in Council to nevertheless allow the return of the ponies but they would be identified in Society records as ponies whose parentage could not be proved.

The Chairman extended a welcome to the Meeting to Stuart Carter from Liverpool University, and to Gareth Thomas who would be working on the syndrome problem.

Mr.

F.

Wales had consulted his solicitor regarding the sale of a pony outside the Society regulations.

He had been told that responsibility would lie with the purchaser.

In this case the Dutch owners had been required to pay a considerable sum to DNA the ponies and their dams.

Several members believed the Society should not have agreed to pay for the Stallions.

Mr.

Morland pointed out that in Council he had suggested that the Dutch buyers pay a penalty of £100 per pony.

Mr.

Mallinson wished to know how much the exercise had cost the Society in legal fees, administration and DNA testing stallions.

The Chairman did not have the information immediately available – he believed the cost could possibly be a few hundred pounds.

Mrs.

S Wood (ex Secretary of the Society) believed that Society rules should be followed.

If one wished to be a member and own ponies with papers, one had to do the right thing.

Miss.

J Brindley wanted to know why she, as a member, should pay for errors.

Mrs.

C Morton questioned the legal advice which had been obtained on potential liability of breeders, exporters and the Fell Pony Society.

She claimed this advice had been misinterpreted and the Council misled.

Mr Allen denied this and felt it was unwise to discuss the subject without the relevant paperwork.

Mr.

I Dixon had exported many of the affected ponies from his yard.

He objected to the Europeans having to pay for identification of ponies going abroad.

It did not happen in this country.

The Chairman hoped that we would learn from the recent mistakes.

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Election of Council The Chairman announced that Mr.

B Allen and Mrs.

A Newall were not standing for re-election, and Mrs C Morton had decided to resign from the Council.

He thanked all for their contributions and paid particular tribute to Mrs Newall who had served on the Council for 45 years.

With her husband Mrs.

Newall had been instrumental in putting fell ponies “on the map”.

Mrs Newall thanked the Chairman for his comments and said she intended to continue as Chairman of the Probationer Judges Scheme.

Mrs Morton’s position would not be filled at this election as her resignation had been received after the notice of the AGM had been published.

Ten candidates were offering themselves for 5 Council vacancies.

The candidate with the lowest votes of those elected would serve until 2003 (to fill the vacancy created by the death of Mr.

M Allen).

In line with the procedure introduced in 1998 all candidates were asked to speak on a question based on membership suggestions. “In the future of the Fell Pony Society do you believe there is a role for the Fell Pony Breeders Association and, on a personal level, what do you believe your role will be as Company Director” During the counting of the votes, Mr.

J Langcake asked why Mrs Morton had resigned.

She expressed the view that Society business affairs should be better handled and she had enough.

The successful candidates were: Mr.

RB Charlton 95 votes Mrs G Cockbain 75 votes Mrs C Morland 72 votes Mr I Smith 66 votes Mr I Dixon 59 votes 6.

Election of President Members were also asked for nominations of the position of President of the Society.

Mr F Wales was proposed by Mr A Morland, seconded by Mr D Howe.

Mrs.

S.

Wood was proposed by Mr.

J Bell seconded by Mrs E Ball.

Mrs Sally Wood was elected President for the next two years. 7.

Re-appointment of Messrs Stephenson Armstong & Co as Auditors to the Society.

The Chairman reported that financially it had been a bad year.

Profit of £8,378 in 1997/98 had been turned into a loss of £1,973 during the year ended 31st October 1999.

The significant factors affecting the figures were the £5,000 donation received from the late Sarge Noble last year, and additional expense this year on Secretary’s honorarium.

Members raised various questions on such items as the “200 Club”, photography expenses and room hire.

Adoption of the accounts was proposed by Mr D Raines and seconded by Mr P Boustead.

Re-appointment of the Auditors was proposed by Mrs.

S Wood and seconded by Mrs.

E Ball.

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Reports of Delegates and Sub-Committees Miss.

M Longsdon reported that Area Groups were progressing better than could have been expected.

A Calendar of Events had been produced and these were available at the meeting.

On the NPS front, Mountain and Moorland representative to the Committee had changed and were now David Mansell (Exmoors) and Dionis McNair (New Forests).

Miss.

Longsdon was also now responsible for sales and she wished to thank Sally Rowe for her assistance.

Copies of the Pony Sales List were available.

Mary made a special plea for owners selling a pony to let her know in order to prevent its repeated inclusion on later lists Mrs.

J Hill, who is a Group Leader, mentioned a sponsored walk by David Morris who intended to make a donation to Society funds.

The Group Leaders were asked to stand and make themselves known to members.

They were Beverley Hodgson (North West), Margaret Raines (North East), Mary Longsdon (Midlands West), Judy Hill (Midlands East), Michael Goddard (South West), Chairman Ross-Thompson (South East) and Judy Fairburn (Scotland) Mrs.

Newall reported that three probationer judges would be in training this year.

And there would be another assessment day later in the year.

Mrs.

C Robinson had forms available for the Junior and Senior Points Schemes and the Youngstock Performance Awards..

Mrs.

M Raines stood in for Mr.

R Sutcliffe to report on BHS matters.

There was now a vigorous committee looking after natives.

She gave notice that all equidae, including non-registered stock, must be registered this year.

The effect for the FPS was 2 additional pages in passports.

The legislation was due to the fact that we do not eat our ponies.

The BHS was also concerned about strangles at present.

A new series of hunter trials was being introduced with good prizes for Mountain and Moorland ponies.

There was a plea from the Royal Welsh Show for a better response to their Mountain and Moorland classes.

For the future we have been asked to consider a system for dope testing of ponies.

Mrs.

Raines finally introduced Pat Renwick, Vice-Chairman of the NPS who she described as a good friend and contact on M&M issues.

Mrs.

Liz Whitley announced that the Southern Breed Show would be held again at Shotover Park on 10th September this year. 9.

Foal Disease Research and Fell Pony 2000 Update Dr.

S Carter introduced his session with a description of DNA and micro chipping as he believed there was still confusion around as to the purposes of both.

Microchipping was for the easy identification of the pony itself.

DNA testing was to prove parentage of the pony.

He explained that there had been a meeting recently with interested parties, including local vet Paul Page 21 May, to produce a plan of campaign for this year.

It had been decided that the Research Team should try to get 6 pregnant mares to Leahurst.

He could guarantee that they would receive first class care and treatment.

They were also anxious to get their hands on syndrome foals – even if the condition was only suspected.

Live foals were obviously preferred but they would take dead too.

Dr.

Carter mentioned a treatment which appears to have been successful in one or two cases.

The product was Levamisol and Paul May was preparing a document on a course of treatment.

Dr Carter made clear that the treated pony may not survive for long and, if it did, its offspring would invariably be carriers.

He would welcome any suggestions or comments on the problem from breeders.

He introduced Gareth Thomas and said that Gareth would microchip ponies free of charge if called out to take samples.

Dr.

Carter was asked what percentage of foals he believed to be syndrome foals.

He said between 10% and 20%.

Mr Morland felt samples and 8 of the ponies had proved to be syndrome foals.

Mrs B Hodgson believed many foals were dying but not being reported.

She asked members to co-operate with Leahurst as the size of this problem would not reduce.

Dennis Brunt then explained that Fell Pony 2000 was into its last year.

The research team had gathered many samples and much information from breeders.

He wished to thank the breeders and was confident that a solution would be available soon and made the point that research into the carrier test was not helped by the major grant which had been received.

It was funded from money raised within the FPS.

A raffle with very large prizes was to be run by Fell Pony 2000 and a resume of their second annual report would be sent out to members with raffle tickets.

He then expressed his concern about the Council’s approach to the problem of a breeding programme.

Once a test was available.

And Fell Pony 2000 was anxiously waiting for further information on the findings of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

When would they be making their action plan known? Mr Brunt was concerned that the test would become available and no plans would be in place.

Would they be taking temperament and type into consideration for example? Mrs.

Raines replied that she had spoken to Lawrence Alderson at the RBST.

They were constantly involved in problems like this.

They have structures in place but they are awaiting further information regarding a marker test before they act.

They are a top international organisation and it would be unfair to label them as anything different.

They know what they are doing, claimed Mrs Raines.

Dr Carter made the point that he could see the argument from both sides but was concerned that the RBST had not made contact with him.

Mr.

I Smith asked why the Council had decided to approach RBST rather than continuing with FP2000.

Mrs.

C Robinson said that breeders were more prepared to work with an independent specialist organisation than with FP 2000.

Mr Brunt emphasises that FP2000 wanted a co-ordinating role – they would have worked with the RBST.

They were worried that a test would be available soon and no breeding programme would be ready.

Mrs.

A Johnstone (FP2000) placed the blame for the decision on the “executive” of the FPS (meaning Mr Charlton, Mr Allen, Mrs Slattery and Mrs Page 22 Ball) who had heard a presentation by FP2000 but had refused them access to the remainder of the Council.

The Chairman responded that there had been full feedback to the Council and he reminded Mrs Johnson that FP 2000 had met the full Council at the Greenhill Hotel.

The Council had specifically mentioned that they did not wish to have a formal presentation. 10.

Presentation of Awards New President Mrs Wood presented the Endurance Awards on behalf of Mrs.

W Cresswell. 11.

Members Suggestions Postal voting – the Chairman had received letters in favour of postal voting.

He explained that it was a subject which was regularly reviewed but was usually rejected on the grounds that it might affect attendance at the AGM.

Various views were expressed – for and against – and a show of hands indicated that the membership appeared evenly split on the subject.

Council would obviously have to take note of this.

Identification/Parentage Testing A letter received from Mrs B Muller in Germany suggested that it may be illegal to parentage test exported ponies if we do not do it for ponies transferred within this country.

The Chairman indicated that the Society would be looking to the British Association of Equine Societies for guidance in such matters.

He also advised the meeting that an offer from BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) had been received on the subject of micro chipping.

They were prepared to supply vets (or trainee vets) to implant chips for an all inclusive charge of £5.00.

And if the Society purchased the chips in bulk for £5.00 each that would make a total cost to the breeders of £10.00 The new Society regulation required all foals to be micro-chipped from this year.

The Fell Pony Breeders Association in co-operation with the Society had identified “operatives” who would be trained to implant chips at a greatly reduced cost compared to normal vet charges.

The proposal had however run into difficulties due to objections from the RCVS and the offer from BEVA was one for serious consideration.

Mr.

D Byas who had been instrumental in arranging the original plan, thought the new offer was good but advised caution in case it was for only a limited period.

The Chairman agreed that the Society would have to seek a long term commitment.

It was mentioned that Gareth Thomas would microchip for free any pony supplying a sample to Leahurst.

A significant number of breeders voiced their concern about increased costs.

Mr.

Morland said that substantial part of the hill bred herd was in decline.

He felt that the cost of the chips should be met by the FPS and implanting only by the breeder.

He objected to the DNA testing of filly foals due to expense.

Mrs Morland complained that, as already revealed by the Accounts the Society could not afford increased costs.

Mr T Lloyd felt that there was a disincentive to breed and at present breeders should be encouraged.

Mrs.

Hodgson suggested that there should be a minimum price agreed for foals at sales, so buyers knew in advance that they would have to pay a reasonable price.

Others felt this might be impracticable.

Mr.

Byas believed that DNA testing filly foals was proving nothing, so why go to the expense? The Page 23 Chairman explained that the intention was to start building the DNA records within the breed.

Mr.

Morland attempted to form a proposal which covered microchipping, abandoning the DNA testing of filly foals and making parentage testing of exported ponies optional.

Several counter proposals were put forward.

Mr Allen suggested a show of hands to indicate whether the Council should reconsider all these issues at their next meeting.

This was carried with an overwhelming majority.

The Meeting closed at 6.15 p.m. Millennium Fell Pony They will never catch me now! JVS Reduce poaching on your land, buy a set of all terrain F.P.G.P.T.( Fell Pony Low Ground Pressure Tyres )for your Fell Ponies.

Due to global warming environmentalists are warning of warmer wetter winters leading to increased levels of poaching by out wintered stock.

Benefits, Reduced shoeing bills.

One set of tyres last up to 30,000 miles.

Can ford the deepest River! They float all you have to do is steer and hang on (this does sometimes spook the younger pony).

Snow chains are available for the winter rider.

Improve old horse pasture by rolling in existing divets.

Easily removed by undoing the four horse and pony nuts on each wheel.

Secretary’s Note: The Secretary would very much appreciate the correct amount of postage being put on letters etc as incorrect amounts are costing the Society extra money.

Thank you to all the members who are considerate enough to enclose a SAE.competition for 2001 Christmas Cards.

And Notelets .

We need some new wintery scenes for Christmas Cards and other scenes for new notelets and will run a competition in the Spring Newsletter for best photo.

So get your cameras out!! Page 24 COVER STORY (TWINS) Each year foaling time never ceases to bring eager anticipation tinged with apprehension especially with young mares foaling for the first time.

Townend Mulberry was expecting her first foal this year.

She wintered with the other in foal mares on Carrock Fell and was brought into the inside fields when foaling became imminent.

Her expected date came and went and I began to hope she would get on with the job as she seemed to be getting quite huge.

At last on the early evening check on the 30th May 2000 she had wax on her teats.

Not really expecting any action that night I checked again just after dark and found her busy licking a tiny filly foal.

How could a mare so huge have had such a small foal, (I was just asking her as you do!), if this was the best she could do! When I caught a glimpse of something further across the field, another filly foal, slightly bigger and was already on its feet.

I carried the little one with mother following to the other one, and ran (well tried) to impart the news to Eddie and get a halter but the first job was to remove another young mare from the scene as she wanted to be in on the action.

I carried the smaller foal, later to be named Merry, and not yet strong enough to walk the distance to the gate, and led Mulberry, whilst the bigger foal, later to be name Maddy followed bravely behind.

As we arrived at the gate, Edwin Jnr, summoned from his bed, arrived with the ATV and trailer and the twins were loaded in and carried off with Mulberry following to a safe loose box.

The next problem was to get them suckling, short legs, hard udder, and tiny teats were serious drawbacks! Maddy eventually mastered the job but Merry found it hard going, so I decided to milk Mulberry and try to bottle feed her to make sure she had colostrum and give her the strength to keep trying.

It was a good feeling when she started suckling and the milk disappeared from the bottle.

Mulberry was brilliant and let me milk her every hour throughout the night and following day.

Eventually by evening she was suckling on her own.

The next worry was whether Mulberry would be able to support two foals.

We got some powdered milk to supplement their diet.

Maddy seemed to be getting plenty and gave the bottle up after a couple of days whilst Merry continued with four small supplementary feeds a day for about a month, when she decided she was a big girl now and could give up her bottle! They went back out to grass at about a fortnight old, when the weather was better and the grass growing.

Although occasionally apart, they do most things together, staying especially close to each other when alarmed.

Over the years we had several sets of dead twins, usually aborted about February and March.

Robbswater Ruth produced one surviving twin in 1989, but Eddie has never known live Fell twins, nor has anyone we have spoken to.

It would be interesting to know if anyone does knows of any others.

They have certainly brightened our days, I wonder if Mulberry agrees! — We have had an introductory meeting in March which was a great success.

Everyone who came enjoyed a delicious lunch and chatting to the other Fell Pony enthusiasts At the beginning of August we were very privileged to be invited to a Driving Demonstration with Graham Steventon and Miranda Purves.

All who attended had a wonderful day.

The Group saw all the different types of beautiful vehicles and sets of harness and we were able to have a real “hands on” experience with the driving, ending with a magnificent spectacle and display by the four in hand team.

We also have two fun rides arranged for the end of the month (September) and in October, and will end our first year with a Christmas get together when we can enjoy chatting about our lovely ponies and the year’s happenings Charmain Ross-Thomson Please Telephone your Area Representative for further information. FOR ALL MEMBERS N.E.

Supporters Millenium Lunch on Sunday October 22nd @ 12 noon at Linnel Wood, Hexham by kind invitation of Bob and Sarah Charlton.

Offers of help greatly appreciated.

Please phone Sarah on 01434 673262 Everybody welcome but tickets are limited at £7.00 each. Mountain and Moorland Display We were kindly invited by Mrs P Harvey-Richards to take part in the Mountain and Moorland display which formed part of the final “Medal Ceremony” for the European Young Riders Championships organised by and held at Hartbury College in Gloucestershire.

We were honoured that HRH The Princess Royal, who is their patron, was there to watch and it turned out a lovely afternoon.

The M&M ponies were in local dress and the Fells depicted pack ponies and shepherding.

Ponies taking part Sleddale Fern (Anne Carslaw) Bewcastle Bella (Glenda Goddard) Bewcastle Bagpipe (Michael Goddard) Thank you to all who helped, brought their ponies and supported in any way. Mary Longsdon. Page 33 Fell Pony 2000 – Update By the time you read this, we shall have completed our main fundraising initiative for this year.

It is difficult to give results and let you know how much we have raised before we know ourselves, but from the support that we have received from all quarters we expect it is going to give us a good return.

However, the results will be published in the Horse and Hound in their Wembley, Horse of the Year Show edition.

As this Newsletter has a widespread readership, let us take the opportunity of thanking all of you that have sold and purchased tickets for your support for the research work and the inevitable benefits that our Fell ponies will realise.

We should also like to thank the broad range of interests and organisations that have helped in selling our raffle tickets; in particular the other Native Breed Societies whose sale of tickets at their breed shows and other events was most welcome.

We cannot let this discussion about the Fell Pony 2000 National Raffle go by without a special thank you to Arnold Garvey, the Editor of ‘Horse and Hound’, and his staff and Mike Gill from Grandstand Media Ltd., for the facilities that they have afforded us in promoting the raffle, its drawing and the publication of the results.

We are also grateful for the publicity and facilities given to us in our promotion of the Fell pony during the week of the show.

Special thanks here to Ann Carslaw for taking the trouble to get her Fell pony ‘Sleddale Fern’ to Wembley and giving up her time to support the event during the week of the show and to those others who have assisted her in showing the general public what a magnificent animal we have in our Fell pony.

Most of you will by now, have had the opportunity of listening to the Vet.

Gareth Thomas, one of the research team, who has been engaged doing a series of presentations about the syndrome and the research work, to the Fell Pony Society regional groups.

Thanks here to the regional organisers for making the necessary arrangements and to Gareth for giving all of us the opportunity to have our questions and concerns about the disease answered.

It is good to see that the advisors to the Fell Pony Society council, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, have published in their Autumn newsletter, The ARK, an article by Dr.

Ian Gill.

In this article, Dr Gill has outlined the approach to breeding out the syndrome from the Fell Pony breed that they are going to recommend to us.

We look forward to hearing more on these proposals during the October General Meeting.

Now that the scientists are well underway with their research and the RBST breeding programme has been declared, it now remains for our council to do its part in informing and seeking the co-operation of its breeders and members to ensure the workability of the solution to preserve the Fell pony ‘as we know it’. Fell Pony 2000 Page 34 Budge and Me Budge (was 21 on July 7th 2000.

We first met in May 1999 after friends told me that a “Dales Pony” needed a good home on loan.

I decided to take a look at the pony called Budge as I had some bad experiences with another horse and wanted a confidence giver that was also forward going.

Budge filled the bill and I fell in love with her there and then.

We had a lovely summer and by Christmas I was curious to find out more about Budge and who she had belonged to.

Where had she come from? My friends came to the rescue again and gave me a phone number of a mother and daughter who had her for a few years. (Sue and Heather).

After phoning them I find out that my Budge has a posh name GREENFIELD BLACKBIRD with a very exciting past, winning loads of shows and championships.

She is also a registered Fell Pony — not a Dales!! I met her owner Gordon in April and he told me that in her younger years with him she pulled a Round Top to Appleby for a few years.

Now in May 2000 12 months after meeting Budge we now belong to each other permanently.

And enjoy hacking out with our new friends Harry the Haflinger and Pam.

Budge and me would like to thank everyone concerned for bringing us together Liz McKimm. Greenfield Blackbird (17873) by Tebay Thunder out of Greenfield Bel with happy owner Liz McKimm Page 35 Pennine Bridleway Ride In July 1999, the chairman of our Bridleways Group (North Lancs.

Bridleways Assoc,) suggested we ride the proposed route of the Pennine Bridleway which is due to be opened in 2002.

We decided to have four groups of riders, 3 to 5 in a group, with each group riding about 50 miles of the 200 mile Bridleway from Cumbria to Derbyshire.

Well, we have now done it! – and as one of the groups of riders included three Fell ponies I thought Fell Pony enthusiasts might be interested.

On Saturday, July 1st.

Five riders left Ravenstonedale for the first leg of the journey to Long Preston.

This group included two Fell ponies owned by Cecelia Dixon of Newton in Furness, the young Sowermire Lizzie and the veteran Heltondale Sally. ‘Sally’ was ridden by Cecelia and ‘Lizzie’ was loaned to another rider.

Cecelia continued the second leg of the Journey with ‘ Lizzie’ .

At Long Preston on July 4th.

Three of us, Cath.

Wood & Sue.

Hargreaves from Overton riding the Fell pony, Abbey (Princess Abbey of Bega) & Shannon respectively and myself with Townend Banner (another veteran at 23 years!) joined Cecelia for the start of our 50 mile section ending at Todmorden.

We had two half days and two full days of riding in front of us with B & B already booked near Gisburn, Wycoller and Bacup.

The route had been researched previously with information of the proposed route of the official bridleway added to knowledge from local riders (which was certainly a great asset) and a possible route was devised.

We walked certain sections to ensure a smooth ride on the day and we accepted the help of local riders to guide us across the moors in the Burnley/ Todmorden areas.

We were thankful to enjoy fine weather throughout the ride though we did experience the mists of ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Approximately half of the ride was on quiet roads and it is to be hoped that when the bridleway is fully opened any of these will be by-passed, though they were generally quiet and picturesque.

There were also very busy major roads to be crossed and these will provide a problem for the route planners.

It was interesting to pass from the Lake District scenery we know so well to the more rugged, harsh and dramatic though equally stunning scenery of the moors and valleys of East Lancashire.

The four days were a wonderful experience for both ponies and riders and, although this kind of holiday was the first time for three of us, I am sure it will not be the last! Barbara Hartley Discounted tickets for Olympia Members of the National Pony Society may obtain discounted tickets for the ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship at Olympia on Monday 18th December 2000 Enquiries to the Fell Pony Society Office.

Page 36 LUNESDALE STUD VISIT — Sunday, 2 July 2000 Brockhole, Windermere, Cumbria The annual Windermere Fell Pony Show was held on Sunday at the Brockhole National Park Visitor Centre.

The weather has always been kind to this show but decided this year that it should make up for past aberrations.

A misty start soon developed into continuous drizzle with long periods of heavy rainfall.

This led to the cancellation of the bareback trotting race much to the disappointment of spectators and competitors alike.

The show was however a resounding success.

Judge Mr David Lee from Halifax commented that the Tarnbeck Sheba FP1628 (Sire Townend Duke III (7001) quality of the animals out of FP1202 Townend Sorrel ) Sheba at 13 years with on display was five Championships and a Supreme to her credit.

Exceptionally high and that he had “not seen a bad foot all day”.

Much of the hard work in preparing ponies for the show might have been considered unnecessary in such weather but the fell ponies at Brockhole proved that they are eye catching and able to perform spectacularly in all conditions. By Barry Allen Judge: Mr D Lee Geld Mare In Hand, 4 years or over 1.

Greenholme Kitty 2.

Moorhouse Rosie 3.

Marlingdyke Mo’Cridh Gelding In Hand, 4 years or over 1.

Townend Septimus 2.

Kerbeck Fire Prince 3.

Sladdale David Veteran In Hand, 15 years or over 1.

Sleddale Lulu 2.

Rambling Bella Donna Page 52 3.

Dalemain Tamarisk Brood Mare, 4 years or over (in foal or with foal at foot) 1.

Townend Dawn II 2.

Tarnbeck Sheba 3.

Rackwood Beauty Foal 1.

Kerbeck Fire Fallon 2.

Carrock Foal 3.

Wansfell Foal Yearling Colt, Filly or Gelding 1.

Brackenbank Eva 2.

Brackenbank Poppy 3.

Wellbrow Lucky Lady Two Year Old Filly or Gelding 1.

Townend Carly II 2.

Baronshill Bailey 3.

Farleton Forrest Three Year Old Filly or Gelding 1.

Brackenbank Romany 2.

Wellbrow Fancy 3.

Waterside Dainty In Hand Champion Townend Dawn II Heltondale Black Prince IIII In Hand Reserve Brackenbank Eva Champion Stallion with Sarah Muller in Germany Photo courtesy of Ms Sabine Ridden Mare, 4 years or over Stuewer 1.

Greenholme Kitty 2.

Lownthwaite Bramble 3.

Moorhouse Rosie Ridden Gelding, 4 years or over 1.

Townend Septimus 2.

Rackwood Royal 3.

Sleddale David Ridden Champion Townend Septimus Ridden Reserve Greenholme Kitty Ridden Pairs 1.

Townend Septimus & Greenholme Kitty 2.

Kerbeck Fire Prince & Kerbeck Night Mystery 3.

Sleddale David & Marlingdyke Mo’Cridh Trotting Race Cancelled due to waterlogged course.

Overall Champion Townend Dawn II Best Veteran Sleddale Lulu Page 53 Royal Show Results Stallion, Mare or Gelding, born in or before 1996 1.

Lowmoat Flash FP1446 (Miss Paula Terry) 2.

Heltondale Dido II FP1969 (CD Sanderson) 3.

Heltondale Delia III FP1825 (George Guy) Colt, Filly or Gelding, born in 1997 or 1998 1.

Holling Briony FP3226 (C D Sanderson) 2.

Townend Finty FP3057 (Mr D Eltringham) 3.

Underwoods Icarus FPS0834 (T D & P M Good) Colt, Filly or Gelding born in 1999 or 2000 1.

Murthwaite Bracken FP50978C (Mr T B Capstick) 2.

Lownthwaite Frank FP50981C (Mrs Judy Ann Hill) 3.

Holling Hazel FP3383 (C D Sanderson) Best Mare and the ‘Sybil Lady Lonsdale’ Perpetual Challenge Cup Low Moat Flash Best Foal Mr CD Sanderson Holling foal Best Yearling Murthwaite Bracken Best Fell Pony 2 year old 1.

Holling Briony FP3226 (C D Sanderson) 2.

Underwoods Icarus FP50834C (T D & P M Good) Best Fell Pony Champion.

Murthwaite Bracken FP50978C (Mr T H Capstick) Reserve Holling Briony FP32 (C D Sanderson) Breeder of the best UK bred Fell Pony 1.MurthwaiteBracken FP50978C (T B Capstick) Hexham Native Horse and Pony Show, Linnel Wood 23rd July 2000 Special Fell Pony Rosettes awarded M&M Large in Hand 4 years and over Waverhead Petal FP 1997 Mr and Mrs R B Charlton M&M Large in hand Youngstock Townend Flinty FP 3057 Mr.

D.

Eltringham M&M Large Ridden Lindertis Heather FP 2634 Mrs.

E.

Carpenter M&M WHP Large Linnel Joshua FP 945G Mrs J Rogers NPS Junior Ridden Peepings Nutcracker (FP 899G) Miss R Brunskill NPS Picton Lunesdale Rowan FP50384C Mr.

P.

Metcalfe Page 54 NPS WHP Wintonbeck Bob NPS Novice WHP Lunesdale Prince Henry FP 50248C LOWTHER HORSE DRIVING TRIALS AND COUNTRY FAIR Saturday, 5 August 2000 Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria Judge: Miss J M Fairburn Mare or Gelding, 4 – 7 years old, to be shown in hand. (14 entries) 1.

Heltondale Misty IV Tebay Campbell Ton Victor/Greenholme Dusty. 2.

Waverhead Pearl II Lownthwaite Gary/Waverhead Pearl. 3.

Marlingdyke Mo’Cridh Drybarrows Jeff/Barncrosh Molly.

Mare or Gelding, 8 years old and over, to be shown in hand. (13 entries) 1.

Waverhead Petal Heltondale Duke/Barbondale Petal. 2.

Barbondale Ruby Greenfield Gay Lad/Barbondale Rosette. 3.

Esther Maree of Inglegarth Townend Flash II/Sleddale Rosette XI.

Brood Mare, 4 years old or over, with own Foal at Foot. (4 entries) 1.

Barbondale Petal Waverhead Model/Waverhead Jewel. 2.

Lunesdale Lizzie Lunesdale Henry/Lunesdale White Rose. 3.

Kerbeck Night Serenade Frizington Duke/Sleddale Rosemary III.Best Foal Lunesdale Amber Yearling Colt, Filly or Gelding. (12 entries) 1.

Heltondale Roamer II Tebay Campbell Ton Victor/Heltondale Bonny III. 2.

Townend Sugar II Drybarrows Jeff/Townend Shula. 3.

Brackenbank Eva Rackwood Prince/Barbondale Ruby.

Two or Three year old Filly or Gelding. (12 entries) 1.

Lunesdale Eliza Heltondale Mountain Mist/Lunesdale Lizzie. 2.

Baronshill Bailey Townend Duke III/Baronshill Eternal Flame. 3.

Wellbrow Dinah Heltondale Norman/Heltondale Duchess.

Judge: Mrs A A D Newall Mare, 4 year old or over, to be shown under saddle. (14 entries) 1.

Lunesdale Rosebud Heltondale Hero/Lunesdale White Rose. 2.

Esther Maree of Inglegarth. 3.

Marlingdyke Mo’Cridh.

Gelding, 4 year old or over, to be shown under saddle. (11 entries) 1.

Lunesdale Prince Henry Lunesdale Henry/Lunesdale Princess. 2.

Peepings Nutcracker Lunesdale Jerry/Peepings Wild Rose.

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Townend Septimus.

Champion: Reserve Champion Lunesdale Prince Henry Barbondale Petal 30th BREED SHOW 12 August 2000 Brougham Hall Farm, Penrith, Cumbria IN HAND CLASSES MARES AND FILLIES Judge: Mrs S Hore Mare 4 – 7 years old, mare with foal at foot not eligible. (23 entries) 1.

Heltondale Misty IV FP2878 (Mr TB Capstick) 2.

Waverhead Pearl II FP2898 (Mr J Bell) 3.

Murthwaite June FP2361 (Mrs K Baggott) Mare 8 years old and upwards, mare with foal at foot not eligible. (17 entries) 1.

Tarnbeck Sheba FP1628 (D&G Williamson) 2.

Waverhead Petal FP1997 (Mr and Mrs Charlton) 3.

Esther Maree of Inglegarth FP1787 ( Mrs BA Hodgson) Mare 4 years old and upwards with own filly foal at foot. (7 entries) 1.

Lunesdale Rebecca FP2026 (Mr and Mrs Morland) 2.

Brackenbank Primrose FP2507 (Mr and Mrs Wilkinson) 3.

Heltondale Lucky Girl V FP2271 (Mr A & A Thorpe).

Filly Foal. (7 entries) 1.

Brackenbank Rosie (Mr and Mrs D Wilkinson) 2.

Lunesdale Lady Rebecca (Mr and Mrs Morland) 3.

Meres Jesta III (Mrs S Rees) Yearling Filly. (12 entries) 1.

Townend Sugar II FP3378 (Mrs P Randell) 2.

Bracklinn Rosie FP3363 (Messrs.

Smith) 3.

Wellbrow Lucky Lady FP3307 (A and A Thorpe) Two year old Filly. (14 entries) 1.

Townend Faith FP3250 (Mr E M Wilson) 2.

Lunesdale Songbird FP3175 (Mr and Mrs Moss) 3.

Kerbeck Night Sapphire FP3178 (Mrs CH Robinson) Three year old Filly. (7 entries) 1.

Brackenbank Romany FP3006 (Mr and Mrs Wilkinson) 2.

Border Duchess FP3107 (Mr J Bell) 3.

Greenholme Petal FP3063 (Mr W Potter) Female In Hand Champion Lunesdale Rebecca Female In Hand Reserve Heltondale Misty IV Heltondale Lucy X Trophy (best 3 yo filly bred by native heath breeder) Greenholme Petal Please send all Show and Event Results to Sally Rowe, Wasphill, Bleadney, Wells Somerset BA5 1PH Tel/Fax 01749 672697 E- mail Rowe@Bleadney.freeserve.co.UK.

Sally will then be able to collate the results for Page 56

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