On January 18, the UK's National Pony Society (NPS) gained
a new area chapter and took an important step towards promoting
British Native Ponies in the United States.
The NPS council unanimously voted to accept NPS America's application
for membership in its 115 year old organization. The NPS, which
has HRH The Princess Royal as its patron, was developed to encourage
the breeding, registration and improvement of British Riding
and Mountain & Moorland ponies and to foster the welfare
of ponies in general. The organization has continually recognized
the importance of the Mountain & Moorland breeds - the Connemara,
Dales, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Fell, Highland, New Forest, Shetland
and Welsh ponies.
NPS America will model the NPS
mission and will promote, support, and recognize Mountain &
Moorland and British Riding ponies in America. While many of
these pony breeds are embraced in the United States, others are
The rarer breeds, like the Dales and Highland, are slowly growing
in popularity while mainstays, like the Connemara and Welsh,
continue to be top choices for equine enthusiasts. NPS America
will cultivate these ponies as safe, versatile, and talented
mounts for both the amateur and professional horseman, while
acting as a resource for breeders and owners alike in maintaining
the traditional character of these breeds.
Enthusiasts interested in NPS
America should contact Kathryn Rayner Freeman - Kathryn@freeraynhill.com
or Kelly Davidson Chou DavidsonDales@mindspring.com
for more information.
Additional details on NPS America - membership, benefits and
activities - in addition to tidbits on Mountain & Moorland
and British Riding ponies will be available on the NPS America
website which will be up and running by late February 2008.