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Dartmoor Pony Society Bye-laws

April 2022
The Dartmoor Pony Society Reg. Office: Birks Cottage, Heddon on the Wall, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 0HF Registered No: 3240342 England and Wales
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The undermentioned Bye-laws at present in force shall remain until such time as they may be amended or rescinded by the Council.
A. MEMBERSHIP ENTITLEMENTS
Membership of the Society is divided into the following categories:
1. Full Members, Life Members and Honorary Life Members are entitled to:
i) Vote at the Annual General Meeting, Extraordinary General Meetings and Council elections.
ii) Apply for Grants and Premiums (providing at least two years’ consecutive subscriptions have been paid by the due time, including the current year).
iii) Register ponies in the Stud Book or Supplementary Register at reduced fees.
iv) Exhibit at the Dartmoor Pony Society’s Championship Breed Show.
v) Compete for the Society’s special rosettes and trophies awarded at shows throughout the country.
vi) Receive the Society’s magazine, newsletters and other free publications.
vii) Stand for Council (after 5 years consecutive membership)
2. Associate Members, Overseas Associate Members and Overseas Associate Life Members are entitled to:
i) Exhibit at the Dartmoor Pony Society’s Championship Breed Show.
ii) Compete for the Society’s special rosettes and trophies awarded at Shows throughout the country.
iii)Receive the Society’s magazine, newsletters and other free publications.
3. Junior Members are entitled to:
i) Exhibit at the Dartmoor Pony Society’s Championship Breed Show.
ii) Compete for the Society’s special rosettes and trophies awarded at Shows throughout the country.
iii) Receive the Society’s magazine, newsletters and other free publications.
4. Family Membership conveys upon its two adult members the entitlements of Full Membership and upon its young members, the entitlements of Junior membership.
B. REGISTRATION
The Society will enter into the Stud book animals of the Dartmoor Breed that are eligible for entry under the Society’s breed criteria, without discrimination on account of their country of origin.
1. All registrations for the Dartmoor Pony Society (DPS) Stud Book should be made through the Registration Secretary of the Society by the Breeder. A charge will be made which shall be fixed by the Council. If it is impossible for the breeder to register their foal then the person wishing to register the foal must pay for DNA typing of the sire, dam, and foal at the discretion of Council.
2 Once a DNA sample has been received by the Dartmoor Pony Society it becomes the property of the Dartmoor Pony Society
3 To enable foals to be registered at members rates, membership fees must be paid by 1st August of the year of foaling, and membership approved by Council
4. Any application to register a pony may be refused if the Council is not satisfied with the accuracy or sufficiency of information supplied or if the pony has not been microchipped by a veterinary surgeon prior to application.
5. Progeny from registered licensed stallions and registered mares directly descended from UK stock to be eligible to be entered into the main body of the stud book
6 Dartmoor ponies registered in Daughter Societys’ Stud Books abroad may be transferred into the corresponding section in the main body of the Mother Society’s stud book.
7 Dartmoor ponies born outside the UK which are directly descended from registered United Kingdom stock to be eligible to be entered into the corresponding section in the main body of the Mother Society’s stud book, providing the stallion has been licensed to the Mother Society’s rules
8 All supplementary ponies to be registered in the Supplementary section of the stud book. Initial grading may only take place through the Moorland Scheme, administered by the Dartmoor Pony Society.
9 A stallion may not be used as a sire until 2 years of age (see B16)
10 Progeny may only be registered from a stallion or colt in possession of a Dartmoor Pony Society Stallion Licence at time
of covering, otherwise the progeny will be registered in Section X .
11 Every application for registration of a foal must be accompanied by a Service Certificate signed by the keeper of the stallion.
12 Mares should be 3 years or over at the time of foaling. It is recommended that a mare should not be covered until it is 3 years of age for welfare reasons.
13 Foals must be registered by December 31st of the year of foaling, in the Southern Hemisphere 30th June.
14. All colts accepted for upgrading to the Stallion Register must be DNA tested in accordance with the Society’s procedures.
15 The Council reserves the right to DNA test at random to verify the pedigree of ponies in the Stud Book, or applying to be registered. All relevant ponies will be tested at an approved laboratory. The cost will be borne by the DPS if the pedigree is verified. The cost to be borne by breeder if the pedigree is not verified.
16 The age of a Dartmoor pony is determined from January 1st each year and not from the date of foaling.
17 Once registered, the name of a pony cannot be changed.
18 The breeder of a pony is defined as the one who is the registered owner, or lessee, of the mare at the time of foaling.
19 Lessees of ponies must obtain a letter of confirmation from the owner and send the same to the Registration Secretary before any registration can be considered. The owner of the pony being leased must return their Passport to the Registration Secretary as soon as possible to be officially recorded before the lease can take effect.
20. Notice of transfer of ownership of a pony must be completed before registration of its progeny can be considered.
21 A prefix may only be used on stock bred by the registered owner of the prefix.
22 A member may only use a prefix once, after which it must be officially registered with the Central Prefix Register, arranged through the Registration Secretary of the Dartmoor Pony Society, at a fee fixed by Council.
23 Artificial Insemination – Before a foal, born as a result of Artificial Insemination, may be registered with the Dartmoor Pony Society, all the Dartmoor Pony Society current rules for registration will apply and in addition:-
i. The Stallion used must be in possession of a Dartmoor Pony Society ‘Artificial Insemination Stallion Permit’.
ii. It is the responsibility of the stallion owner to send the Registration Secretary of the DPS a ‘Certificate of Semen Collection’ within 28 days on each occasion that semen is collected from his stallion/stallions. If fresh/chilled semen is used a copy of this form must accompany the Equitainer.
iii. The mare must be DNA tested at owners expense, before being inseminated. It is the responsibility of the mare owner to send a Veterinary Surgeon/ Qualified AI Technician’s ‘Certificate of Artificial Insemination of a Mare’ to the Registration Secretary in addition to the usual registration forms. The Certificate must contain the following information:
a) Insemination date and signature of the Veterinary Surgeon/Qualified AI technician.
b) The name of the mare and DPS registration number
c) The name of the stallion and DPS registration number
d) The name and address of the mare owner
iv. Foals must be DNA tested within the Dartmoor Pony Society’s time limit for registration, at their owner’s expense.
v. At the end of the season, stallion owners must send a list of mares and semen marketing organisations to which semen had been made available to the Registration Secretary of the Dartmoor Pony Society.
24 Embryo transplant – is permitted. Please apply to the Dartmoor Pony Society Registration Secretary for the latest regulations.
25 Moorland Scheme
i. Only mares born on Dartmoor and owned by a current Dartmoor Pony Society member, with a holding number within the National Park, are eligible to enter the Scheme.
ii These mares must be Supplementary Registered or graded through the Scheme. The owners of progeny of Supplementary mares must submit a Passport application form by 31st December of the year of foaling for every foal conceived in a Newtake.
iii. All mares, Supplementary Registered and their progeny, to be inspected by two of the Dartmoor Pony Society’s inspectors, taken from the list of approved inspectors, before acceptance. Inspectors for Supplementary Registered to be chosen by Council. No Inspector may inspect ponies for the same owner more than two years out of three except on Dartmoor
iv All inspected mares must go to an approved Newtake to run with an approved fully registered Dartmoor Pony Society stallion before being graded Supplementary Registered. This is the only route by which Dartmoor ponies may be upgraded within the Dartmoor Pony Society Stud Book.
v. All stallions used in the Newtakes must be out of fully registered mares by fully registered stallions.
26 The Importation of Dartmoor Ponies into the Dartmoor Pony Society Stud Book
i. On entering the UK for showing or breeding purposes the Society must be supplied with the necessary documentation to prove their eligibility prior to showing or breeding.
ii On import the Society will record the owner or leasee and pony’s details. Unless remaining in the UK for less than six months the pony will be entered into the Main Stud Book. Details must be supplied to the Society within 30 days of arrival of the pony into the UK
27 .Criteria for Registration into the Dartmoor Pony Society or Daughter Society’s Stud Books
(i) Acceptable Ponies are those which trace back on every line to ponies registered in GB or to ponies which have been accepted by the Dartmoor Pony Society Council as having been registered correctly according to the Dartmoor Pony Society rules in operation at the time of registration.
(ii) All Supplementary Registered ponies from the Moorland Scheme must be placed in a separate Supplementary Register section of the Mother or relevant Daughter Society’s Stud Book and keep the SRD, SRD1, SR1,SRD2 or SR2 prefix in addition to any number allocated to it by the Daughter Society. (The numbers to be a 1 or 2 as printed here. i.e. in Arabic numerals.)
(iii) All potential SRD, SRD1, SRD2, SR1 and SR2 ponies must be correctly Inspected* before entry into the Supplementary Register section of the Mother or Daughter Society’s Stud Book, and must be given the prefix SRD, SRD1 SRD2, SR1 or SR2 (as appropriate) in addition to any numbers allocated to it by the relevant Society. (The numbers to be a 1 or 2 as printed here. i.e. in Arabic numerals.)
*Inspections must be carried out by persons appointed by the Dartmoor Pony Society.
(iv) All progeny of SR2 mares are eligible for full registration in the Mother or Daughter Society’s main Stud Book. If passed when inspected (See Rule 25 iii)
(v) NO stallions are allowed in the SRD, SRD1 SRD2, SR1 or SR2 Supplementary Register.
(vi) NO Inspections for the first Supplementary Register grade (SRD) status are allowed except for the British Moorland Scheme on Dartmoor only.
b) The pony must comply with the Breed Standard laid down by the Dartmoor Pony Society, ie the Mother Society.
c) Ponies imported in to the UK which have been bred elsewhere must have the name (or an acceptable abbreviation) of their country of birth attached to their name.
They will retain their original registration number and be allocated an
additional Dartmoor Pony Society registration number.
d) No change of name will be allowed from that in which the pony was originally registered; except that the UK reserves the right to refuse to use prefixes/names which are offensive in the British language or which conflict with an existing name. Any new name necessary is to be assigned by the original registration authority.
e) The cost of any transfer, including all requirements, will be met by either the vendor or purchaser, at the discretion of the vendor.
f) A hair sample taken from any pony is the property of the Stud Book in which that pony is registered. If a
pony is exported, a DNA hair sample must be submitted to the Dartmoor Pony Society Secretary before export.
g) At no time will a photocopy or facsimile be accepted as a valid identification document. The original Passport must always accompany the animal.
h) The application for registration with the Dartmoor Pony Society (ie the Mother Society) must comply with all existing UK regulations regarding registration except that:-
(1) In the case of UK rule B6, if the pony’s sire does not have an appropriate British licence but is in possession of a licence issued by a country other than the UK, the Dartmoor Pony Society (ie the Mother Society) must be satisfied that the licensing scheme in the relevant country meets its requirements or the stallion will be required to be licenced under the Dartmoor Pony Society rules.
(2) In the case of UK rules B7, B9, B19 and B20, the Dartmoor Pony Society (ie the Mother Society) must be satisfied that the Daughter Society’s equivalent legislation meets its requirements.
(3) UK rule B18 does not apply but attention to this area is recommended.
(vii) Criteria for Importation or export from Non Daughter Societies to the Dartmoor Pony Society Mother Society (GB) or Daughter Societies.
All ponies must trace back on every line to ponies registered in GB
28 Progeny of a fully registered sire not conforming to the Society’s Bye-Law Number 10, will be placed in Section X of the Stud Book unless the sire is licensed prior to registration of the progeny and the following conditions are met:-
(i) A late stallion licensing fee set by Council is paid.
(ii) Parentage testing of sire, dam and offspring before registration of foal at a cost set by Council is paid.
29 Late Registrations
(1) Progeny of fully registered sire and dam not conforming to Byelaw 9 will be entered into Section X
unless a late registration fee set by Council is paid and parentage is proven by DNA testing of the sire, dam, and offspring. Costs of DNA tests to be set by Council, and paid on application.
(ii) Progeny of registered sire and Supplementary Registered Dam will not be accepted for registration unless a late registration fee set by Council is paid and parentage is proven by DNA testing. Costs of DNA tests to be set by Council, and paid on application.
30 The progeny of fully registered mares under 3 years at time of foaling will be entered into the X Section of the Main
Stud Book.
31 Animals in Section X or their offspring cannot be upgraded from Section X.
32 No pony in Section X is eligible for any of the Society’s Grants, and cannot be shown in classes against animals in any other Section of the Stud Book.
33 Animals not conforming to the Breed Standard height limit may not be shown.
C. SHOWING – Please be aware should any of the showing Bye-Laws be broken disciplinary action will be taken.
1. Stallions or colts aged three years old or over may not be shown unless in possession of a Dartmoor Pony Society stallion licence.
(i) It is mandatory in ridden classes that all stallions must wear a stallion bridle marker, and advisory for in-hand stallions (2 years old and over).
(ii) Handlers of Stallions and Colts in In-Hand Classes must have attained their 14th birthday before 1st January of
the current year.
(iii) There is no age limit for riders in Mountain & Moorland Ridden and Working Hunter Pony Classes with the
exception of stallions and Colts in that riders must have attained their 12thbirthday 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.
3. Where there are two or more classes restricted to Dartmoor ponies only at a show, no member may exhibit unless the judge is from the DPS panel of judges for the year in question, in line with the NPS. The only exception is that if an affiliated show includes additional unaffiliated classes e.g. breed star shows, and it has not been possible to appoint a DPS panel judge (ideally B panel) for the unaffiliated classes, members may show under a non-DPS panel judge.
4. Judges on the Society’s A Panel may only judge the in-hand classes at one Star Show, and may only judge ridden classes at two Star Shows in any one season, with the exception of Working Hunter Pony Classes, on which there is no limit. Star Shows are designated by the Council. B Panel judges can judge any Working Hunter Pony classes and Mini Ridden Classes at Star Shows.
5. Judges may only accept one Judging appointment in Devon during any one season, to judge Dartmoor only classes
except in exceptional circumstances.
6. Judges are appointed to the Dartmoor Pony Society panels at the discretion of Council.
7. Non members wishing to become probationer judges must join the Society and be members for two years before being able to do so, except for NPS M&M Panel Judges who would have to become a member for one year before beginning to probation.
8. A Judge must serve a period of three years on the B panel before being considered for the A Panel by Council, unless the person is on the NPS M&M Panel.
9. Judges must have judged Dartmoors for three years including one Star Show before assessing probationers.
10. Those judges who have reached the age of 80 years are required to retire, except for Championships.
11. Probationer Judges are allowed to be in the ring for Championships.
12. 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.
13. The Dartmoor Pony Society Rosettes may only be awarded to fully and supplementary registered ponies owned by members producing their current membership card in the ring.
14. 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. Hooves may be oiled.
15. Rules for trimming – Long hairs under the jaw and those protruding from the ears may be trimmed. Whiskers must not be trimmed. The tail may be trimmed at the bottom if excessively long. Ridden/Driven ponies may be clipped in the interest of welfare, but not their legs. False quarter marks are not allowed.
16. No member may knowingly show a pony in a class where the Judge has owned, bred, sold, or leased that pony or where the pony has been owned, bred, sold, or leased by the Judges’ immediate* family, partner, employer or employee.
17. No member may knowingly show a pony in a class where the Judge has broken, trained or produced that pony or where the pony has been broken, trained or produced by the Judges’ immediate* family, partner, employer or employee since 1st January of the preceding year.
18. An exhibitor may not show under a judge for whom he/she has produced, broken or trained an equine since 1st January of the preceding year.
19. A Judge may not knowingly judge a pony in a class which, to his/her knowledge has been owned, bred, sold,or leased by him/her or his/her immediate* family, partner, employer or employee.
20. A Judge may not knowingly judge a pony in a class which, to his/her knowledge has been produced, broken or trained by him/her or his/her immediate* family, partner, employer or employee since 1st January of the preceding year
21. Handlers of ponies in In-hand classes aged 14 years and under must wear correctly secured current British Standard skull caps/riding hats.
D. Annual General Meeting
1. The Annual General Meeting shall be held in Devon at a suitable venue to be decided by the Council
E. COUNCIL
1. Not more than one member of a family (immediate*), partner or partnership may serve on the Council concurrently.
2. Council Elections – In accordance with the Representation of the Peoples Act 1949, in the event of a tie, the final decision will be made by drawing names from a hat or by the toss of a coin.
F. COMPLAINTS AND DISCIPLINARY
1. Objections and Complaints
Any objections or complaints concerning a matter which affects the Dartmoor Pony Society should be made in writing to the Society’s Registered Office. One letter or e-mail should be received by the office within a reasonable time period of the date of the event with it being sent by recorded or special delivery post for proof of posting, and a receipt being asked for by e-mail.
2. Initial Investigation
Any complaint so submitted shall be investigated by the Disciplinary Committee, but before that Committee meets, the person complained about or owner of the pony complained about should have the opportunity to reply to the allegation within a within a reasonable time period, this letter should also be sent by recorded or special delivery for proof of posting, or if received by e-mail with a receipt.
3. Disciplinary Committee
The Disciplinary Committee shall compose of the Chairman, or Vice Chairman, together with a minimum of three other Council members. This Committee also has the right to call up other Council members, witnesses and technical advisors. The person complained about shall have due notice of the date and location of the hearing and shall be invited to attend in person or provide a written statement.
4. Penalties
If the case is found proven, then the Disciplinary Committee shall decided what penalty is appropriate.
5. Appeals Procedure
Any person against whom a penalty is imposed shall have the right to appeal to the Society by giving notice in writing within 21 days of being notified of the decision provided that they also submit the sum of £100 which shall be forfeited to the Society if the appeal is dismissed. The appeal shall be heard by a specially constituted committee chaired by the Chairman or Vice Chairman whomsoever has not adjudicated on the first case and composed of members who have not already heard the original case.
G. SOCIAL MEDIA AND INTERNET POLICY
1. lntroduction
a) The Dartmoor Pony Society acknowledges the importance of the internet and social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, What’sApp, TikTok, Twitter, Linked ln, Messenger, home web-pages, chat rooms and all other forms of electronic communication and the role which “social media” plays in the day to day lives of members.
b) This policy note is to remind members that the Rules of the Dartmoor Pony Society apply to members when using social media and the internet. Failure to adhere to this policy note could lead to disciplinary action being taken against a member.
2. Using Social Media
a. You should be aware that the Dartmoor Pony Society may from time to time carry out internet searches to identify postings which include references to the Dartmoor Pony Society and its members.
b. Dartmoor Pony Society produced images are the subject of copyright and should not be copied or used in social media save as provided in the Dartmoor Pony Society website user terms and conditions.
c. You should ensure that any material that you transmit or post to social media is clearly stated to be your personal view and is not held out to be, or could be mistaken as, the view of the Dartmoor Pony Society.
d. You must not post or transmit any material which could damage the name or reputation of the Dartmoor Pony Society, its members or former members, or which is derogatory to the character of or prejudicial to the interests of the Dartmoor Pony Society.
e. You must not post or transmit any material relating to the Dartmoor Pony Society, members or former members or their horses or ponies, or which could otherwise be associated with or which may reasonably be attributed as coming from the Dartmoor Pony Society: i) that is threatening, defamatory, obscene, indecent, seditious, offensive, pornographic, abusive, liable to incite racial hatred, discriminatory, menacing, scandalous, inflammatory, blasphemous, in breach of confidence, in breach of privacy or which may cause annoyance, distress or inconvenience; or ii) which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be in breach of the Dartmoor Pony Society Rules, or constitutes a criminal offence, or which could give rise to civil liability, or otherwise be contrary to the laws of, or infringe the rights of any third party in, the UK or any other country in the world.
f. Any breach of this policy note may constitute a breach of the Dartmoor Pony Society Rules and could also lead to civil and/or criminal proceedings being brought against you.
g. If a complaint is active, any public discussion or comment by the complainant pertaining to the subject including on social media or other digital forum, will automatically result in the case being closed.
3. Disclosure under Law or Regulation
You should be aware that the Dartmoor Pony Society will fully co-operate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing the Dartmoor Pony Society to disclose the identity or locate anyone posting any material in breach of this policy. lf we are requested by the police or any other regulatory or government authority investigating suspected illegal activities to provide your personal information, the Dartmoor Pony Society is entitled to do so.
* NOTE: Immediate family means Husband/Wife/Partner, Parents/ Partner’s Parents, Grandparents, Brothers/Sisters, Sons/Daughters, Uncles/Aunts, Nephews/Nieces, Step Grandparents, Step Parents, Step Brothers/Sisters, Brother/Sister in Law, Legal Guardians

Issue 20/04/2022

Privacy Statement

The Dartmoor Pony Society

is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us may be used. This data may include your name, address, email address and telephone number.

For all equine passport applications and transfers of ownership, your name and address together with the equine’s details will be recorded on our database and supplied to the Central Equine Database as required under the legislation. These details may also be requested by the C.A’s. (DEFRA and Welsh Government) and enforcement bodies (Trading Standards, police etc).

In addition to the above, data held on registered (Pedigree) ponies , their breeder’s and owner’s details may be published in the Society’s stud books and the pony’s pedigree information made available on our website “dartmoorponysociety.com”  Limited additional personal information may be included on the website if requested.

Please note:
The Society reserves the right to withhold ownership details in the Society’s stud book and website.

Membership details will also be recorded on our database to enable the Society to serve its members and it will hold the minimum amount of data required to efficiently carry out its obligations.

Use of data relating to shows and competitions please refer to our policy statement on “SHOWS” page.

Privacy Statement for DPS Shows/Awards


Championship Show
All Affiliated Shows
DPS Ridden Series
DPS In Hand Series
TopSpec Equine Performance Awards
Part-bred Awards
South West Awards

Information from entry forms will be stored on a secure server and the name and address and details of entries will be published in the catalogue (if applicable).  Information will be passed to our printers solely for the purpose of formulating the catalogue. Results information including photographs may be published (in printed form and online) both to the press, other societies, showing organisations and in the Society’s publications. Information may be supplied to DEFRA, trading standards and veterinary advisors if requested by them. The making of an entry is irrevocable consent for the storage and disclosure of information in this way.