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  1. <span style='color: #000080'><span style='font-size: 24px'><strong class='bbc'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>EXMOOR PONY FOALS For Sale this autumn</span></strong></span></span><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>Following the pony gatherings in Oct & Nov, there will be a small number of quality Exmoor pony foals and youngstock For Sale. These beautiful ponies are born and bred in Exmoor National Park and many will have enjoyed a wonderful, free-living start in life. </span></span></strong><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>The newly-weaned foals need careful, patient, kind socialisation to human contact so they can make the successful transition to life off the moors. Exmoor ponies are an endangered breed so they are all important. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>If you would like to help an Exmoor pony foal by offering a good home this autumn then please visit the link below to the <strong class='bbc'>Moorland Exmoor Pony Group Breeders Directory</strong> where you will find contact details for the farmers. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>The <strong class='bbc'>MEPBG</strong> represents Exmoor herd owners <strong class='bbc'>Herd 423 </strong>on Countisbury (the Bryant family), <strong class='bbc'>Porlock Herd 100</strong> on Porlock Hill (the Coldicutt family), <strong class='bbc'>Moorland Herd 99 </strong>on Molland Moor (the Dart family), the <strong class='bbc'>Exmoor National Park Authority herds</strong>, <strong class='bbc'>Tippbarlake Herd 387</strong> on Brendon Common (the Floyd family), <strong class='bbc'>Withypoole Herd 23 </strong>on Withypool and Anstey Commons (the Milton family), <strong class='bbc'>Farleywater Herd H67</strong> on Buscombe (the South family) and <strong class='bbc'>Holtball Herd 11</strong> in Porlock Vale (the Westcott family). </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><span style='color: #000080'><span style='font-size: 18px'><strong class='bbc'>Link to the MEPBG Breeders Directory:</strong></span></span> <a href='http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park%2F' class='bbc_url' title=''>http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park%2F</a></span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>More information at www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk and www.wildponywhispering.co.uk</span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(29,33,41)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>Photos by Lisa AndJamie Waters and Helen Disberry</span></span> View the full article
  2. <strong class='bbc'><span style='color: #000080'><span style='font-size: 24px'><span style='font-family: arial'>Dr Sarah Blott's talk on Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project<br />at Exmoor National Park, Dulverton</span></span></span></strong><br /><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>Last week, Dr Sarah Blott from Nottingham University gave a talk on the new Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project at Exmoor National Park Authority. She has kindly allowed the presentation to go online for those who couldn't get there. This pioneering and exciting project will enable the whole genome of the Exmoor pony to be mapped through sequencing and genotyping. Understanding exactly what defines 'An Exmoor Pony' will be of enormous benefit to this endangered breed - including giving us a route to identifying and recognising purebred ponies currently excluded from the Exmoor Pony Stud Book - and hopefully safeguarding their future. </span></span><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>If you'd like to understand more about the project then you can find the<a href='http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/Whats-Special/wildlife/exmoor-ponies/exmoor-pony-action-plan-update' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'> Dr Sarah Blott Presentation</a> at this link: <a href='http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/Whats-Special/wildlife/exmoor-ponies/exmoor-pony-action-plan-update'> class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/Whats-Special/wildlife/exmoor-ponies/exmoor-pony-action-plan-update</a></span></span></strong><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>The Exmoor Pony DNA While Genome Project is supported and funded by the Exmoor National Park Authority, Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Exmoor Pony Society, vet Peter Green and the team is chaired by DEFRA Chief Vet Tim Morris.</span></span> View the full article
  3. NORTH DEVON JOURNAL - 21 July 2016 'Battle to Retain Ponies Origins' Here is an update in the North Devon Journal on the complete lack of progress regarding the formation of a working party comprising the Exmoor Pony Society & MEPBG representatives with regard to the formation of a supplement and upgrading system for the Exmoor Pony Stud Book. We can confirm that the MEPBG representatives, Rex Milton and Maria Floyd, have been keen and able to meet with the EPS since February - the delays are entirely on the part of the Exmoor Pony Society. In February, Rex and Maria agreed to withdraw the Resolutions requesting a Supplement & Upgrading System and clarification of the ‘no white markings’ rule, on the agreed proviso that the working party would be set up (see previous posts in this blog). In addition, and contrary to what is implied by David Wallace at the end of this article, progressing these important supplement discussions are separate and not dependant/conditional on the DNA Whole Genome Project. Other breed societies run successful supplements and upgrading systems without DNA Whole Genome testing. The genome project offers the opportunity to evolve and progress breed management, not facilitate a supplement. Continued delaying of these discussions appears to be obstructive with regard to the safeguarding of excluded purebred Exmoor pony genetics. Yet another year of free-living Exmoor pony gatherings commences on Exmoor in August. Reference: See other posts in this blog and also: Exmoor National Park Authority - Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project: http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/Whats-Special/wildlife/exmoor-ponies Exmoor Pony Society - Resolutions requesting a Supplement to the Stud Book and clarification of ‘no white markings’ rule: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/blog/20-the-moorland-exmoor-pony-breeders-group-blog/ 12 Aug Dr Sarah Blott DNA Whole Genome Talk at Exmoor House, Dulverton - for details and how to book: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/forum/60-the-heritage-exmoor-pony-festival-2016/ 31 Aug Dawn Westcott ‘Exmoor Ponies & Their Future’ Talk at Exmoor National Park Authority Centre, Dulverton - for details and how to book: http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/forum/60-the-heritage-exmoor-pony-festival-2016/ View the full article
  4. Why do we need DNA Whole Genome Testing and a Supplement and Upgrading System in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book? The Exmoor pony gene pool is dangerously small with high in-breeding co-efficients. We therefore need to ensure that as many PUREBRED Exmoor ponies remain in the breeding gene pool - with as much GENETIC VARIATION - as possible. For various reasons, some Exmoor ponies, here in the UK and abroad, have not been presented for inspection as foals and are therefore living and breeding OUTSIDE of the pedigree stud book. At the moment, there is no system that enables such ponies and their progeny to gain access to the stud book. This means that they and their progeny are forever EXCLUDED. They are LOST from the breeding gene pool. This is genetic wastage - especially with an ENDANGERED breed such as the Exmoor pony. Some of these Exmoor ponies are very important as they are living and breeding in their natural, indigenous environment - some ponies within the free-living herds of Exmoor National Park, for example. Here they are able to retain their TRUE MOORLAND TYPE. They are the Real Thing. But they are EXCLUDED from pedigree registration. What can we do? What is needed is a SUPPLEMENT and UPGRADING SYSTEM within the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, to enable the herd owners to include these perfectly good PUREBRED Exmoor ponies in the breeding gene pool. They are not crossbred. They are PUREBRED. That means that their mother and father, grandparents, great grandparents, and so on - are Exmoor ponies. Usually, a Supplement & Upgrading System in a Stud Book requires a pony to breed for about four generations in order for the resulting progeny to enter the pedigree stud book (for example with pedigree Dartmoor ponies). These four generations are required to ensure that the progeny are indeed PURE and will breed true to type. HOWEVER, we now have DNA Whole Genome Testing, where science can identify the Whole Genome of a breed. This means that they can tell you exactly what that breed is made up of. Once the Exmoor pony breed's Whole Genome is identified, any pony can be tested against the breed’s ‘cluster’. If an animal's DNA (genetic make-up) falls within the cluster, it is considered to be PUREBRED for that breed. If it falls outside of that cluster, it is considered to be crossbred. ie, it contains ‘something else’ and is not pure. So each pony tested can be identified as either an Exmoor pony or not an Exmoor pony. DNA Whole Genome Testing means we don’t actually need the four generations of breeding in order for an Exmoor pony to enter the pedigree stud book. Because the DNA testing will be able to determine if the animal is indeed PUREBRED. If it is PUREBRED, and it meets the breed standard, then there is NO REASON why the animal can’t enter the pedigree stud book immediately. With a dangerously small Exmoor pony gene pool, high-in-breeding co-efficients and a number of perfectly good quality True To Type Exmoor ponies currently excluded from the stud book - what are we waiting for? How could anyone be opposed to this? It is the best opportunity the Exmoor pony breed has to ensure the breeding gene pool contains the maximum genetic variation and number of ponies. Here in the UK and abroad. Previously excluded PUREBRED animals will help to freshen the existing gene pool. We are VERY fortunate in that the Exmoor pony breed has been chosen for a pioneering DNA Whole Genome Project to map and identify the Whole Genome of the Exmoor pony - and provide the vital database in order for purity of ponies to be determined thereafter. This is incredibly exciting for Exmoor ponies. DNA Whole Genome testing is expensive and most of the funding has already been sourced to enable the first stage of the project to commence. In June last year, and again in November, the MEPBG and various other proposers and supporters presented a Resolution to the breed society to ask for a Supplement and Upgrading System to be included in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book - so that PUREBRED Exmoor ponies have a route back into the breeding gene pool. This Resolution allowed for four generations of breeding and also requested that DNA Whole Genome testing be embraced. The breed society did not want to action the resolution and instead promised to form a working party, containing two MEPBG representatives, in order to discuss the ‘possibility’ of a supplement. The Resolution was duly withdrawn in February on the condition a working party was indeed set up and discussions progressed. To date, despite repeated requests, NO working party has been set up and NO meetings have taken place. Read the Resolution (and also the Resolution to clarify the 'No White Markings' Rule) Please ask questions. Please ask why discussions are not progressing to include this all important supplement and upgrading system to the closed Exmoor pony stud book. We continue to work to SAFEGUARD these vitally important PUREBRED Exmoor pony genetics. Once they are gone, they are gone. The only route then open to a pedigree breed with a closed stud book in the future, if it gets into trouble (ie congenital defects, loss of bloodlines, too high in-breeding co-efficients, etc) is CROSS-BREEDING. We have the opportunity here and now to embrace PUREBRED Exmoor ponies that are currently not in the stud book. Let’s take that opportunity - for the good of the Exmoor pony breed. If you are thinking of making a donation for the good of Exmoor ponies, then please consider making a donation for the DNA Whole Genome Project. We are almost there with funding and very much welcome contributions. This is a collaboration of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Exmoor National Park Authority, Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (including the Badgworthy Land Company and Molland Estate), Exmoor Pony Society, vet Peter Green, and the project team is chaired by DEFRA Chief Vet Tim Morris. Donations can be routed through the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (contact Richard Broad) and please specify that you are donating for the Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project. www.rbst.org.uk. View the full article
  5. The Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project Exmoor National Park Authority recently hosted a second meeting of the Exmoor Pony DNA Whole Genome Project Team, at Exmoor House in Dulverton, to progress a pioneering research programme. The project aims to characterise the full genome of the Exmoor pony and to measure genetic variation within sub-populations of the Exmoor Pony breed. This will help with the management, understanding and breeding of this iconic moorland pony. The Project team comprises stakeholders Exmoor National Park Authority (Sarah Bryan and Nigel Stone), the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (Richard Broad), Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (Rex Milton, Dawn Westcott, Maria Floyd and Christina Williams), Exmoor Pony Society (Sandra Mansell and Michael Dewhurst), consultant Peter Green and Libby Henson (Grassroots) working closely with Nottingham University. The team is led by Tim Morris (DEFRA Chief Vet and RBST trustee) A sub group comprising EPS and MEPBG representatives Michael Dewhurst and Sandra Mansell (EPS) and Rex Milton and Dawn Westcott (MEPBG) has been confirmed to progress the breed's pedigree analysis and sample selection for the DNA Whole Genome testing and research, with Nottingham University. This research will provide a wealth of vital 'open access' information and help to progress a possible supplement to the current Exmoor Pony Stud Book for purebred ponies currently excluded from the breeding gene pool. View the full article
  6. Further information regarding EPS & MEPBG's statement (8 Mar) & Resolutions In late October 2015, Mr Rex Milton and Mrs Maria Floyd (members of the MEPBG), together with a number of proposers and supporters, presented two resolutions to the Exmoor Pony Society. Resolution 1 asked for clarification of the ‘No White Markings’ rule and Resolution 2 asked for a supplement and upgrading system to be included in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book. (See the resolutions below and also the accompanying Annexe). The resolutions were withdrawn on 8 March 2016. After discussion between the Exmoor Pony Society and the proposers, the following statement was issued on Tuesday 8 March: The Exmoor Pony Society Trustees together with Mr R Milton and Mrs M Floyd would like to announce the following decision: The Exmoor Pony Society Trustees have agreed that a joint working group consisting of representatives from the EPS along with Rex Milton and Maria Floyd (members of the MEPBG) plus outside expertise if necessary should be set up to work out a framework for a possible supplementary register, within the studbook and to gather information to provide a definitive definition of the "No white markings" rule. When the results of the RBST & ENPA led Genome project are concluded there will be a means of using the information for the benefit of Exmoor Ponies worldwide. Should the findings of the working group require any changes to the rules of the Exmoor Pony Society then such changes will be put forward to the membership at an AGM or General Meeting." The proposer Rex Milton and the seconder Maria Floyd will therefore withdraw the two resolutions served in November 2015, no 1 To clarify the White Markings, and No 2 To include a supplementary register and upgrading system within the studbook. Ends. On Tuesday 8 March, the Exmoor National Park Authority published this statement: ENPA has been working closely with the Exmoor Pony Society, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, Defra, Exmoor pony owners and experts over recent months. This has resulted in the development of two new projects; 1. Work on the creation of an Exmoor pony genome database – if the project comes to fruition, we hope that for the first time we will understand the Exmoor Pony’s genetic code. This will help us to unravel the history of the ponies and inform future breeding and management. The project is being run by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust who will be working closely with Nottingham University, EPS, MEPBG and ENPA. 2. A Supplementary Register to the Exmoor Pony Society studbook. This is being explored as a way of ensuring that ponies that meet the breed standard but cannot currently be included in the studbook because one or both parents are unknown, can be recognised and over several generations their progeny might be able to come back into the studbook. A working party has been set up to explore this possibility. The group is also going to work on clarification of the “No White Markings” Rule, so that it is clearer for owners and inspectors to understand when a pony should pass or fail inspection. On the 8th March 2016 a joint statement (below) was issued by the Exmoor Pony Society and the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group, explaining how the Exmoor Pony Society and the Moorland Pony Breeders Group would be working together. [Following this was the joint statement from the EPS and MEPBG already detailed above]. Ends. THE RESOLUTIONS AND ANNEXE Dear Mrs. McGeever [Exmoor Pony Society Secretary] In accordance with Rule 1 of the Exmoor Pony Society and Articles 9-24 of the Articles of Association of the Exmoor Pony Society we the undersigned, being members of the Exmoor Pony Society, propose the following Resolutions to make changes to the Rules of the Society. Please notify the Trustees (The Committee) of the Society that we wish these Resolutions to be considered and voted upon by the members present at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Exmoor Pony Society and please ensure that the Resolutions and the respective supporting annexes are circulated to the membership in accordance with the Articles of Association and with the requirements of the legislation governing the business of charities registered with the Charities Commission. Resolution 1 To clarify and define specifically the phrase “no white markings anywhere” in Rule 6 subsection 10. Rule 6.10 currently reads as follows: 6.10. Colour: Bay, brown or dun, with black points; mealy colour on muzzle, round eyes & inside flanks; no white markings anywhere. We propose that Rule 6.10 be amended to read: 6.10. Colour: Bay, brown or dun, with black points; mealy colour on muzzle, around eyes and inside flanks; no white stars, snips, blazes, frontal stripes, patches, spots, socks, coronary bands or clusters of white hairs in coat, mane or tail; hooves darkly pigmented in all hoof walls with no pale or white stripes descending from the coronary band. The reasons for the proposed changes to Rule 6.10 are given in Annex 1 and should be considered with this resolution. Resolution 2 To amend Rule 8 in accordance with Article 3 of EC Commission Decision 96/78 and Section 8 of SI 2006 1757 Horses (Zootechnical Standards) (England) to include a Supplement within the published Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book into which ponies can be registered. Rule 8 currently reads as follows: PONY REGISTRATION 8. (a) Any pony whose sire and dam are already registered in the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book is eligible for registration in the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book, subject to proof of parentage as defined in the appropriate EU legislation. Parentage verification by DNA can be requested by the Society at any time. (1) Those that meet the required standard when inspected by Exmoor Pony Society Inspectors shall be registered in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book. (2) Those that do not meet the required standard when inspected by Exmoor Pony Society inspectors shall be registered in Section X of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book. (3) Any pony not presented for inspection can only be registered in Section X of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book subject to proof of parentage as in (a) above. ( No pony shall be registered until the owner has paid the Society any due registration fee as may be appropriate. © No pony shall be registered unless the sire and dam have already been registered in the main section of the Exmoor Pony Stud Book (d) Only foals sired by a licensed stallion will be eligible for registration in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book, subject to the provisions of Rule 11. (e) No pony shall be registered in Section 1 of the main section of the Stud Book that is deemed to be suffering from hereditary unsoundness or such unsoundness as should, in the opinion of the Society Inspectors, disqualify it from such registration. The owner may call in a qualified, practicing Veterinary Surgeon, registered by the RCVS, who has regularly attended horses over the preceding five years, whose decision shall be final. If the Veterinary Surgeon's opinion is given against the owner, the owner will be liable for the Veterinary Surgeon's fee. The Society will be liable otherwise. (f) Every inspection shall be made on the authority of the Secretary and every Inspection certificate shall be signed by two Inspectors of the Society and the owner or agent of the pony, only one of such inspectors shall be a temporary inspector authorized under Rule 7 ( . (g) The reason for not registering any pony in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book shall be recorded on the inspection form along with the breeding of the pony. (h) Any pony not registered in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book at first inspection because it did not meet the required standard will be eligible for re-inspection at a later date and after a period of not less than 6 months. (i) Ponies will be registered in the main section of the stud book with the Society herd number belonging to the breeder and the individual number within the herd. The member deemed to be the breeder shall either be the owner of the mare at the time of foaling or the person or organization leasing or borrowing the mare at the time of foaling provided that the written permission of the owner of the dam has been received in the Society office prior to the inspection. (j) If, in exceptional circumstances, a pony is not notified for inspection as per the procedures laid down by DEFRA for registration within 6 months of birth or by 31st December in the year of birth, whichever is the later, a later inspection may be requested. The owner of the pony shall apply in writing to the secretary explaining the exceptional circumstances. If approved by a majority decision of the EPS committee, the pony can be inspected provided that all the following conditions are fulfilled: (1) The parentage of the pony is established prior to the inspection by DNA typing the pony, its sire and its dam (2) The cost of such identification of parentage to be paid fully by the person requesting the late inspection (3) The inspectors are satisfied that the pony can be safely handled for the purpose of inspection and branding, where applicable. A pony failing this inspection will be eligible for a single re-inspection. We propose that Rule 8 be amended to read: PONY REGISTRATION 8.1 THE MAIN SECTION OF THE EXMOOR PONY STUD BOOK (a) Any pony whose sire and dam are already registered in the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book is eligible for registration in the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book, subject to proof of parentage as defined in the appropriate EU legislation. Parentage verification by DNA can be requested by the Society at any time. i. Those that meet the required standard when inspected by Exmoor Pony Society Inspectors shall be registered in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book. ii. Those that do not meet the required standard when inspected by Exmoor Pony Society inspectors shall be registered in Section X of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book. iii. Any pony not presented for inspection can only be registered in Section X of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book subject to proof of parentage as in (a) above. ( No pony shall be registered until the owner has paid the Society any due registration fee as may be appropriate. © No pony shall be registered unless the sire and dam have already been registered in the main section of the Exmoor Pony Stud Book (d) Only foals sired by a licensed stallion will be eligible for registration in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book, subject to the provisions of Rule 11. (e) No pony shall be registered in Section 1 of the main section of the Stud Book that is deemed to be suffering from hereditary unsoundness or such unsoundness as should, in the opinion of the Society Inspectors, disqualify it from such registration. The owner may call in a qualified, practicing Veterinary Surgeon, registered by the RCVS, who has regularly attended horses over the preceding five years, whose decision shall be final. If the Veterinary Surgeon's opinion is given against the owner, the owner will be liable for the Veterinary Surgeon's fee. The Society will be liable otherwise. (f) Every inspection shall be made on the authority of the Secretary and every Inspection certificate shall be signed by two Inspectors of the Society and the owner or agent of the pony, only one of such inspectors shall be a temporary inspector authorized under Rule 7 ( . (g) The reason for not registering any pony in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book shall be recorded on the inspection form along with the breeding of the pony. (h) Any pony not registered in Section 1 of the main section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book at first inspection because it did not meet the required standard will be eligible for re-inspection at a later date and after a period of not less than 6 months. (i) Ponies will be registered in the main section of the stud book with the Society herd number belonging to the breeder and the individual number within the herd. The member deemed to be the breeder shall either be the owner of the mare at the time of foaling or the person or organization leasing or borrowing the mare at the time of foaling provided that the written permission of the owner of the dam has been received in the Society office prior to the inspection. (j) If, in exceptional circumstances, a pony is not notified for inspection as per the procedures laid down by DEFRA for registration within 6 months of birth or by 31st December in the year of birth, whichever is the later; a later inspection may be requested. The owner of the pony shall apply in writing to the secretary explaining the exceptional circumstances. If approved by a majority decision of the EPS Committee, the pony can be inspected provided that all the following conditions are fulfilled: (1) The parentage of the pony is established prior to the inspection by DNA typing the pony, its sire and its dam (2) The cost of such identification of parentage to be paid fully by the person requesting the late inspection (3) The inspectors are satisfied that the pony can be safely handled for the purpose of inspection and branding, where applicable. A pony failing this inspection will be eligible for a single re-inspection. 8.2 THE SUPPLEMENTARY SECTION OF THE EXMOOR PONY STUD BOOK The Exmoor Pony Society shall maintain a Supplementary Section of its Stud Book in accordance with Article 3 of EC Commission Decision 96/78 and Section 8 of SI 2006 1757 Horses (Zootechnical Standards) (England) Ponies shall be eligible for registration in the Supplementary Section of the Exmoor Pony Stud Book subject to the following criteria: They are female or have been gelded and their gelding has been certified by a veterinary surgeon. They have originated from a breeder and herd recognized and registered by the Exmoor Pony Society. They fully meet the breed standard and have passed inspection by two Inspectors of the Exmoor Pony Society as defined in Rule 7. No pony shall be registered in the Supplementary Section of the Stud Book that is deemed to be suffering from hereditary unsoundness or such unsoundness as should, in the opinion of the Society Inspectors, disqualify it from such registration. The owner may call in a qualified, practicing Veterinary Surgeon, registered by the RCVS, who has regularly attended horses over the preceding five years, whose decision shall be final. If the Veterinary Surgeon's opinion is given against the owner, the owner will be liable for the Veterinary Surgeon's fee. The Society will be liable otherwise. No pony shall be registered until the owner has paid the Society any due registration fee as may be appropriate. Any pony not registered in the Supplementary Section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book at first inspection because it did not meet the required breed standard will be eligible for re-inspection at a later date and after a period of not less than 6 months. Ponies will be registered in the Supplementary Section of the Stud Book with the Society herd number belonging to the breeder and the individual number within the herd. The member deemed to be the breeder shall either be the owner of the mare at the time of foaling or the person or organisation leasing or borrowing the mare at the time of foaling provided that the written permission of the owner of the dam has been received in the Society office prior to the inspection. If, in exceptional circumstances, a pony is not notified for inspection as per the procedures laid down by DEFRA for registration within 6 months of birth or by 31st December in the year of birth, whichever is the later; a later inspection may be requested. The owner of the pony shall apply in writing to the secretary explaining the exceptional circumstances. If approved by a majority decision of the EPS committee, the pony can be inspected provided that the inspectors are satisfied that the pony can be safely handled for the purpose of inspection and branding, where applicable. A pony failing this inspection will be eligible for a single re-inspection. The progeny and descendants of ponies registered in the Supplementary Section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book shall be registered in the Supplementary Section of the Stud Book subject to the following criteria: Their parentage is established in accordance with current EU legislation. The Exmoor Pony Society may request DNA parentage verification at any time. They are sired by a stallion licensed and registered by the Exmoor Pony Society in the Main Section of the Stud Book. If they are male ponies they shall only be registered if they have been gelded and the gelding has been certified by a qualified veterinary surgeon. Ponies registered in the Supplementary Section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book shall be entitled to be called ‘Registered Exmoor Ponies’ and shall be eligible for Exmoor Pony shows and activities, although separate classes may be established for such ponies. The fourth generation progeny (great great grand-daughters) of mares registered in the Supplementary Section of the Exmoor Pony Society Stud Book under Rule 8.2 ( shall be eligible for upgrading into the Main Section of the Stud Book provided: All progeny generations have been sired by stallions registered and licensed by the Exmoor Pony Society All generations have fully met the breed standard and have passed inspection by two Inspectors as defined in Rule 7. The individual pony considered for upgrading shall itself fully meet the breed standard and pass inspection Upgrading into the Main Section of the Exmoor Pony Stud Book may also be approved by the Trustees of the Exmoor Pony Society when advances in scientific genomics are able to establish beyond doubt that a pony in the Supplementary Section of the Stud Book is a pure bred Exmoor pony, indistinguishable genetically from ponies already registered in the Main Section of the Stud Book. The reasons for the proposed changes to Rule 8 are given in Annex 2 and should be considered with this resolution.Please circulate these resolutions and annexes to the full membership. Yours sincerely Proposer: Mr Rex Milton (Herd 23) Date: Seconded: Mrs Maria Floyd (Herd 387) Date: Supported by the following Exmoor Pony Society Members: Mr Nigel Stone – Exmoor National Park Authority (Herd H52) Mr Peter Green BVSc CertEO MRCVS Mr Nigel Floyd (Herd 387) Mrs Sue Byrne (Collabear) Mrs Miriam Main MRCVS (Herd 510) Mrs Alyson Govier Miss Jessica Floyd (Herd 387) Mrs Kristina Auckland (Herd 387) Mr L South (Herd H67) Mr James Bryant (Herd 423) Mr Matthew Coldicutt (Herd 100) Miss Judy Bethell Miss June Eckhart Mrs Heather Williams The Badgworthy Land Company Brendon Commons Council Mr Magnus Birch Mrs Christina Williams Mr William Dart (Herd 99) Supporters including Exmoor Pony Breeders and Land Owners: Mrs Sarah Bryan – Exmoor National Park Authority (Herd H52) Mrs Paula Dart (Herd 99) Mr Richard Dart (Herd 99) Ms Sarah Dart (Herd 99) Mrs Christine Allen (Herd H67) Mrs Anne South (Herd H67) Mr Ian South (Herd H67) Mrs Helen South (Herd H67) Miss Kate South (Herd H67) Mrs Dawn Westcott (Herd 11) Mr Nick Westcott (Herd 11) Exmoor Society Please see the PDF attachment below for the Full Resolutions & Annexe information Attached File(s) EPS & MEPBG Joint Statement (8 Mar 16) & Resolutions.pdf (146.88KB)Number of downloads: 1 View the full article
  7. Joint EPS & MEPBG Statement re Exmoor Pony Stud Book The Exmoor Pony Society Trustees together with Mr R Milton and Mrs M Floyd would like to announce the following decision: The Exmoor Pony Society Trustees have agreed that a joint working group consisting of representatives from the EPS along with Rex Milton and Maria Floyd (members of the MEPBG) plus outside expertise if necessary should be set up to work out a framework for a possible supplementary register, within the studbook and to gather information to provide a definitive definition of the "No white markings" rule. When the results of the RBST & ENPA led Genome project are concluded there will be a means of using the information for the benefit of Exmoor Ponies worldwide. Should the findings of the working group require any changes to the rules of the Exmoor Pony Society then such changes will be put forward to the membership at an AGM or General Meeting." The proposer Rex Milton and the seconder Maria Floyd will therefore withdraw the two resolutions served in November 2015, no 1 To clarify the White Markings, and No 2 To include a supplementary register and upgrading system within the studbook. View the full article
  8. The 2016 MEPBG/AH Saddles In Hand Best Exmoor Pony Championship Final Some great CHAMPIONSHIP news for Exmoor pony owners! The MEPBG (In Hand) Best Exmoor Pony Championship Final is evolving this year to include Pedigree, Heritage and Purebred/Exmoor Type Exmoor ponies. Ponies will have the opportunity to qualify for this Championship Final at designated MEPBG Exmoor Pony In Hand Classes which will be held at each of the South West Pony Association (SWPA) shows and other local shows in the run up to the annual MEPBG Exmoor Pony Show at Brendon Show on 14 August 2016. In each class, all categories (and ages) of Exmoor ponies will compete together and normal placing rosettes will be awarded. However, two MEPBG Qualifying rosettes will be available - one to the Best Pedigree Exmoor and one to the Best Heritage/Purebred/Exmoor Type Exmoor. (If the Heritage Exmoor pony is dual-registered with the EPS, then that pony will be eligible to qualify for the Best Pedigree rosette). Qualifying Exmoor ponies will then compete for their respective Championship in August: 1) Pedigree Champion and; 2) Heritage/Purebred/Exmoor Type Champion. This is a great opportunity to recognise all categories of Exmoor ponies. AH Saddles has very kindly agreed to sponsor the Championship Final again this year. A list of the qualifiers will be published shortly. We look forward to seeing Pedigree, Purebred and Exmoor Type ponies out and about in the show ring this coming year. View the full article
  9. Molland Moor Herd 99 Exmoor Pony Gathering 2015 Some pictures from the recent gathering of the free-living ponies of Molland Moor, organised by the MEPBG. The long-standing Moorland Herd 99 is owned by the Dart family, and produces some wonderful ponies, including the legendary stallion Moorland Kingfisher. See the full Molland Moor Photo Album Molland Moor is carefully managed with great attention given to achieving the correct balance of flora and fauna, which has seen the Molland Estate receiving a conservation award from the Exmoor Society this year. The Molland Moor herd's quality Exmoor pony mares are beautiful, robust and True Moorland Type. Due to registration issues dating back to the early 2000s, the herd is mostly outside of pedigree registration and this year, foals will be recognised and included in the new MEPBG Heritage Exmoor Pony Register where they are unable to be pedigree registered, in order to assist with the safeguarding of this important free-living herd. There are colt and filly foals For Sale now. If you are interested in purchasing one (or two) of these beautiful Exmoor ponies then please let us know. Email moorlandexmoorgroup@hotmail.co.uk or see the MEPBG Breeders Directory for contact details for the Dart family http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?%2Ftopic%2F1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park%2F See the full Molland Moor Photo Album Photos by Dawn Westcott View the full article
  10. <strong class='bbc'><span style='font-family: arial'>THE HERITAGE EXMOOR PONY REGISTER (ASSOCIATION)</span></strong><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(102,102,102)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><span style='font-size: 12px'><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'><strong class='bbc'>The Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG) </strong>confirms commitment to the <strong class='bbc'>Heritage Exmoor Pony Register </strong>and the <strong class='bbc'>association </strong>tasked with managing it. At a meeting of the <strong class='bbc'>Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group Steering Committee</strong> in <strong class='bbc'>September 2014</strong>, it was unanimously agreed by the moorland farmers that the MEPBG would be responsible for the ownership and management of the<strong class='bbc'> Heritage Exmoor Pony Register </strong>(formed earlier in 2014), which will embrace the wider genetics of the Exmoor pony breed worldwide. </span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(102,102,102)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><span style='font-size: 12px'><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>The MEPBG moorland farmers and land owners recognise the importance of recording and tracking pedigree, unregistered pedigree, part and cross bred Exmoor ponies and providing a suitable upgrading system for pure animals and their progeny as breeding animals, at this critical point in the breed's evolution. MEPBG members families have been involved with Exmoor ponies for hundreds of years and the group represents the majority of the moorland Exmoor ponies, grazing thousands of acres of Exmoor National Park.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>Various good quality Exmoor ponies have been, and continue to be, excluded from the gene pool and registration is restricted to the closed pedigree stud book, with no supplementary register and upgrading system. Although passports can be issued for excluded ponies, there is no tracking of their parentage, or process for suitable animals to breed with upgrading and registration for appropriate progeny, and there is no public register for these ponies. In short, once outside of the pedigree stud book, these animals are genetically 'lost' and disconnected from the registered pedigree ponies. The MEPBG feels that the protection and preservation of purebred, unregistered pedigree and part bred animals, with a suitable upgrading system, is vital for the healthy future of the Exmoor pony gene pool, which has become dangerously small and already has the highest native pony in-breeding coefficient and emergence of congenital defects.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>With geneticists warning that all possible Exmoor pony genetics must be embraced and tracked to secure the breed's genetic health, the MEPBG feels it is not enough to rely on existing bloodlines in the pedigree stud book. Currently, there are purebred Exmoor ponies in the UK as well as overseas bloodlines which are no longer represented in the UK, and which remain outside of the pedigree stud book. What is vital is to provide a system for tracking and preserving these ponies because once they are gone they are gone.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>These exclusions from pedigree registration have resulted from management practices, errors in DNA collection, a cumbersome and impractical inspection and registration system, intolerance of minor cosmetic infringements such as pale under soles, and a breakdown in communication with various breeders. Indeed, the Exmoor Pony Society has set a worrying new precedent for terminating the society memberships of active Exmoor pony breeders who have ‘expressed concerns’, without discussion or mediation. The society has also failed to issue pedigree passports to DNA parentage verified Exmoor ponies who have passed their physical inspection to meet the breed standard. It is felt important that appropriate alternative registration should be made available for breeders who feel obstructed from registering their ponies or from forced exclusion from the registration organisation.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>Ponies and their progeny can currently be excluded from registration in one short generation if not inspected and the MEPBG feels the breed cannot afford the loss of some outstanding breeding animals and their progeny from the pedigree breeding gene pool. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'><strong class='bbc'>The Exmoor Sports Pony: </strong>The MEPBG also feels that greater recognition is needed of the value of the Exmoor pony in cross-breeding, where it is well known that Exmoors can enhance the strength, stamina, intelligence and robustness of other breeds, particularly for sports such as endurance and hunting. This will be reflected with the launch of the 'Exmoor Sports Pony' in the Heritage Exmoor Pony Register, the term which will now be used to describe first crosses and ponies containing a significant percentage of 'Exmoor' in their breeding.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'><strong class='bbc'>The Heritage Exmoor Pony Register </strong>will be run by the MEPBG through an association tasked with this purpose, with a team of co-opted experts and professionals, to create an accessible and effective information resource for the Exmoor pony breed. While the Register will accept dual recognition and registration of existing pedigree ponies, it will also provide an accessible and cost-effective system to embrace unregistered pedigree, purebred, part and cross-bred ponies - and provide for the recognition and upgrading of suitable breeding animals. There are a significant number of Exmoor ponies committed to joining the register, including some of the world’s most important moorland herds. Its aim is to underpin and support the existing pedigree stud book, not replace it.</span></span><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>The MEPBG and the creators of the Heritage Exmoor Pony concept and Heritage Exmoor Pony Register reserve all rights, related rights, copyright and intellectual property rights. The Heritage Exmoor Pony concept was created in early 2014 to recognise and help to safeguard purebred as well as pedigree-registerable Exmoor ponies. </span></span></strong><br /><br /><span style='font-size: 14px'><span style='font-family: arial'>The MEPBG invites owners and breeders who would like to include their ponies in the register to contact the team at MoorlandExmoorGroup@Hotmail.co.uk.</span></span></span></span></span> View the full article
  11. PEDIGREE & PUREBRED - recognising the importance of confirming Purity in Exmoors CLARIFICATION OF 'PEDIGREE' & 'PUREBRED' and the implications for safeguarding endangered Exmoor ponies. 'PEDIGREE' is 'the recorded ancestry or lineage of a person or family.’ In this case, of Exmoor ponies. 'PUREBRED' means the pony is 100% Exmoor pony. A pony doesn’t have to be Pedigree-registered to be Purebred. The pony just ‘is’ Purebred. To clarify, it’s either Purebred or it’s not. Pedigree-registration implies that the pony is Purebred, but it doesn’t absolutely prove it. Only DNA genomic testing can ‘prove’ the animal’s purity. For example, if there have been anomalies along the way during the registration process over generations - a dash of hybrid vigour perhaps, errors in data-capture, mis-read brands, mixed up DNA samples, lost samples, a spot of ‘guesswork’, administration errors, or in the case of non-moorbred ponies who are not routinely DNA-tested - misinformation regarding data supplied without confirmation through DNA testing - then it is possible that there could be anomalies in the pony’s lineage, i.e., anomalies in the Pedigree information recorded. To re-cap, Purebred on the other hand, is Purebred. And DNA genomic testing can now confirm that. Where it is difficult - for whatever reason - to determine the correct lineage (pedigree) of a particular pony, or guarantee that all Pedigree information recorded thus far, is actually correct - surely the number one priority is to confirm Purity, and safeguard the genetics of all appropriate quality Purebred Exmoor ponies? If we are going to ensure maximum health to the gene pool and avoid genetic wastage through ponies being excluded - through no fault of their own? The Exmoor Pony paper Stud Book is a useful guide, but it is isolated and closed, with no supplement or upgrading system and this causes the exclusion and ‘discarding’ of myriad Purebreds through over-rigorous entry criteria and ‘rules'. With advancements in DNA genomic testing now making it possible to confirm that an Exmoor pony is Purebred, surely this is the way forwards for registration, of free-living wild Exmoor ponies particularly? And for any in ground breeder who wants to make absolutely sure they are breeding Purebred Exmoor bloodlines and not ’something else’? Perhaps we are reaching a point in the evolution of registering ponies, where paper stud books are a useful guide, but where DNA genomic testing will supersede them as the tool we need to both safeguard endangered genetics and confirm the purity of bloodlines? View the full article
  12. <span style='color: #000080'><span style='font-size: 24px'><strong class='bbc'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>The Moorland Exmoor ponies WE MUST NOT FORGET: </span></strong></span></span><br /><span style='color: #000080'><span style='font-size: 24px'>UPDATE on Tippbarlake Herd registrations and inspection 2014 & 2015</span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>Eighteen Tippbarlake Herd 387 foals who all passed their inspection in November 2014, as confirmed to the herd owners by EPS inspectors David Brewer and Gill Langdon. Yet no passports were issued by the EPS until the end of January 2015 - and then only the blank pink ‘Exmoor Type’ passports - as the EPS DNA database had failed to parentage verify the foals. Not least because the data capture at the inspection had been woefully inadequate, unbeknown to the herd owners, with vital paperwork not properly filled out. </span></span><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>Now, it is November 2015 and despite the parentage having finally been confirmed for a good number of the ponies - NO PEDIGREE PASSPORTS HAVE BEEN ISSUED, as the EPS now claims the foals were NOT inspected. </strong></span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>We extend our heartfelt commiserations to the Tippbarlake herd owners for the anguish, frustration and cost of trying to register their beautiful Moorland Exmoor ponies in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book - and failing to. Eighteen Moorland Exmoor ponies - where various of these have blank, pink ‘Exmoor Type’ passports and others now have Section-X passports which present them as ‘NOT having met the breed standard’. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>Let’s remember that they ALL DO meet the breed standard, as confirmed at what the herd owners were told was their inspection in November 2014, by the EPS Inspectors, when they examined each and every foal - and passed them. </strong>(It should be noted that another foal was also examined and failed for having a pale undersole. That foal received DNA parentage verification and was issued with a Section-X passport as it had ‘failed to meet the breed standard’ - within a couple of weeks of the inspection. How so, if no ‘inspection’ had taken place, as has been subsequently claimed by the EPS?)</span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>So there are eighteen Moorland Exmoor ponies who have been unable to be sold due to the ongoing problem of trying to secure their rightful registration and pedigree passports. Eighteen Moorland Exmoor ponies who are now rising two years old. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>Neither these ponies nor their progeny can now ever be shown in Exmoor pony breed classes or included in the Exmoor pony breeding gene pool and registered as pedigrees. </strong>Despite ALL meeting the breed standard and a good number having been parentage verified. The foals are sired either by <strong class='bbc'>Tippbarlake Jamie </strong>or <strong class='bbc'>Tippbarlake Rufus. Tippbarlake Jamie</strong> is a registered stallion and <strong class='bbc'>Tippbarlake Rufus</strong> passed all of his stallion inspection criteria, as confirmed by two vets - one of which is Peter Green. The herd owners were astonished to find out yesterday that the EPS is not going to issue the stallion licence for <strong class='bbc'>Tippbarlake Rufus</strong>, which would enable his 2014 and 2015 progeny to be pedigree registered. Peter Green is now looking into this. So currently, all of the progeny of <strong class='bbc'>Tippbarlake Rufus </strong>will be issued with blank, pink ‘Exmoor Type’ passports - despite being pedigree-registrable Exmoor ponies. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>We are now told by the EPS that the inspection of the 2014 Tippbarlake foals was ‘void’</strong> because the EPS inspectors did not have a vet present on the first day of the inspection and the foals could not be microchipped on that day. On the second day, when a vet was there to microchip the foals, the EPS failed to mention that the inspection of the 18 foals the day before was ‘void’. Indeed, the herd owners were told the foals had all passed their physical inspection the day before. The EPS have since said that foals need to be microchipped in order to be inspected. Yet at a different inspection THIS YEAR, when the EPS inspectors ‘forgot’ to bring the agreed vet - they offered nevertheless to inspect the foals despite them not being able to be microchipped on that day. This was refused by the herd owner who sent them off the property. So what is going on with Exmoor pony inspections - and more particularly, what is going on with the moorland Exmoor pony inspections of MEPBG members?</span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>This year, the EPS has decided to demand £50 per pony before it will even arrange an inspection, in some cases. </strong>This fee, apparently, is to be used for DNA testing, to be refunded if the parentage is verified. But on the basis of the service provided by the EPS to the Tippbarlake herd in 2014 and based on the furore regarding the licensing of Tippbarlake Rufus, these herd owners have a high chance of not being refunded a significant amount of this ‘up front payment’. Furthermore, this new demand for £50 per pony for DNA testing (in addition to microchipping, inspection and passporting costs) is supposed to be levied at any Exmoor pony owner where an ‘unregistered’ Exmoor pony resides in the herd. Yet, this advance charge has not been levied at some such herd owners and appears to be being demanded on a discretionary - or discriminatory - basis. To be clear, these advance charges are being demanded of the Tippbarlake herd, but not apparently of other herd owners with ‘unregistered’ mares in their herds, as well as multiple stallions running in the areas where their herd live. (By 'un-registered', we presume the EPS is trying to say ‘un-pedigree-registered’ - as any pony with a passport is ‘registered’.) </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>Yet Herd 23 includes ‘unregistered’ Exmoor ponies (for example, a daughter of The Highwayman) and there are obviously unregistered ponies on the Dunkery Commons, as the EPS could not determine Monsieur Chapeau’s mother, citing that she must be an ‘unregistered mare’ who is not on the EPS database. DNA results show that it is likely that his father is Tawbitts Lanzulot, a stallion who ran on the Dunkery Commons. So have all of these herds been asked to pay the advance charges of £50 per foal prior to their inspections? We don’t think so. Interestingly, Herd 11 which breeds foals in-ground currently, has been asked to pay the £50 advance charge this year. </span></span><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>So in view of all this, various Moorland Exmoor herd owners are currently deciding what to do regarding the service being offered to them for Exmoor pony inspections/registrations and how to best register and passport their ponies this year. </span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>With over 40 perfectly good quality Moorland Exmoor ponies languishing - or at the risk of languishing - outside of pedigree registration, through no fault of their own - there is clearly a huge problem.</strong> And that is just from one area of Exmoor National Park.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'>Especially when you consider that <strong class='bbc'>only around 36 Exmoor female foals have so far been pedigree registered WORLDWIDE for 2015. </strong>With such poor and depleting population numbers, we need to be pedigree-registering - or otherwise suitably registering - every single appropriate quality Exmoor pony we can.</span></span><br /><br /><span style='color: rgb(20,24,35)'><span style='font-family: helvetica'><strong class='bbc'>Endangered small breed populations need to breed certain numbers to ensure genetic health and preservation of desired characteristics and quality. The MEPBG continues to work for solutions in the face of what looks like genetic wastage and the squandering of perfectly good True Moorland Type Exmoor pony genetics.</strong></span></span> View the full article
  13. <span style='color: rgb(0,0,128)'><span style='font-size: 24px'><strong class='bbc'>Would you like to Become an Exmoor Pony Owner this year? Why finding good homes is so important.</strong></span></span><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Join us in helping to safeguard the future of endangered Moorland Exmoor ponies by becoming an Exmoor pony owner. <img src='http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /></strong><strong class='bbc'> <br /><br />Why are the free-living Moorland Exmoor pony herds so important?</strong> Because living and breeding in family herds in their natural, indigenous environment enables the ponies to retain their <strong class='bbc'>True Moorland Type.</strong> This includes the genetic and learned behaviours and characteristics that they pass on from generation to generation.<br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Each year a number of foals - mainly colt foals and some fillies - must leave the moorland herds. </strong>Numbers are relatively small so each and every Exmoor pony is important - <strong class='bbc'>they are an endangered breed</strong>. And we really want to find good homes for them. The ponies, when sensitively tamed and handled, can go on to make excellent ambassadors to promote the moorland herds - and they can <strong class='bbc'>excel </strong>in the equestrian activities - including <strong class='bbc'>riding, endurance, showing, jumping, driving and agility</strong>.<br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>We are currently looking for good homes and opportunities for the foals who are being gathered from the moors this autumn.</strong> They are going through the inspection process and having DNA samples taken to verify their parentage. This will determine the kind of passport they receive. The process can take a few weeks but sometimes takes months - or years with some ponies unfortunately excluded from pedigree registration despite being of very good quality and type. This year, the <strong class='bbc'>Heritage Exmoor Pony Register </strong>will additionally offer the opportunity to provide a Certificate of authenticity where required.<br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>If are interested in becoming an Exmoor pony owner and helping us to safeguard the future of this wonderful, ancient native pony breed, then please get in touch.</strong><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Email The Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG)</strong> at <a href='mailto:moorlandexmoorgroup@hotmail.co.uk' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>moorlandexmoorgroup@hotmail.co.uk</a><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Contact herd owners directly through the MEPBG Breeders Directory:</strong> <a href='http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park/'> class='bbc_url' title=''>http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/topic/1342-mepbg-breeders-directory-where-to-buy-an-exmoor-pony-from-exmoor-national-park/</a><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>MEPBG herd owners with foals to sell this year include Herds 23 (Milton), 423 (Bryant), 387 (Floyd), Herd 99 (Dart). </strong>Other members may have more mature ponies to sell.<br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>If you would like more information about purchasing and caring for Exmoor ponies please visit these links:</strong><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Tips & Information & New Owner experiences</strong>: <a href='http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/blog/11/entry-574-buying-a-wild-exmoor-pony-foal-info-new-owner-experiences/'> class='bbc_url' title=''>http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/blog/11/entry-574-buying-a-wild-exmoor-pony-foal-info-new-owner-experiences/</a><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Creating the right environment for your Exmoor: </strong><a href='http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/blog/11/entry-590-creating-the-right-environment-for-your-exmoor-ponies/'> class='bbc_url' title=''>http://www.exmoorponyclub.co.uk/index.php?/blog/11/entry-590-creating-the-right-environment-for-your-exmoor-ponies/</a><br /><br /><strong class='bbc'>Socialising, taming and handling your wild Exmoor ponies:</strong><br /><a href='http://www.WildPonyWhispering.co.uk'> class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>www.WildPonyWhispering.co.uk</a> View the full article
  14. CLEARING UP MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE EXMOOR PONY STUD BOOK What appears to be propaganda is being circulated stating that 'No pony of known parentage is excluded from the main section of the studbook.' This is not true. To explain, there is only one 'Class/Section' in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book. This comprises a list of Pedigree-registered Exmoor ponies whose parents have been verified by DNA (if they are moorbred) or whose breeder has completed a Covering Certificate (if they are non-moorbred) - and who have passed the physical inspection to meet the breed standard. SECTION-X IS NOT VIEWABLE: Lists of Section-X, Exmoor Type, Cross-bred and any other Exmoor ponies are not included in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book - they are not viewable. The names/details of some of these ponies are apparently kept in separate lists elsewhere, but there is no proof of this as these lists cannot be seen. Their lineage is not tracked or recorded in a viewable format - or sometimes at all. They remain outside of the Exmoor Pony Stud Book. THERE IS NO SUPPLEMENT OR UPGRADING SYSTEM: Unlike many other breeds, there is NO Supplement in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book for Purebred Exmoor ponies, who have been excluded from Pedigree registration, but who meet the breed standard. And there is no Upgrading System for their progeny to re-enter the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, even if the progeny continues to be bred with registered stock and continues to meet the breed standard over generations. One such example is the much admired Tippbarlake Jane and her daughters and grandaughters (sired by registered stallions). EXCLUSION OF PERFECTLY GOOD EXMOOR PONIES: The current Exmoor Pony Stud Book is closed and is like an 'island'. It is isolated. So if Purebred Exmoor ponies are excluded through one or both parents not being able to be identified by the Exmoor Pony Society's DNA baseline database (which is incomplete and contains errors and anomalies and continues to produce 'anomalies' in various results) - then that pony and its progeny are FOREVER excluded from the Exmoor Pony Stud Book. This also happens when a foal is not presented for inspection, for whatever reason, and goes on to breed. Then, even if the parents can be fully identified and the progeny meets the breed standard - if one or more generation has passed, the progeny cannot be entered into the Exmoor Pony Stud Book - despite having a full family tree and being of suitable quality for pedigree registration. GENETICALLY WASTEFUL: Is this genetically wasteful and does the Exmoor Pony Stud Book need re-structuring to include the all-important Supplement and Upgrading System (which is allowed under current DEFRA/EU Regulations) to include and safeguard these ponies? We think it does, along with many others. Remember, in order to retain the True Moorland Type, the core breeding herds live and breed in huge expanses of wild and challenging terrain, which enables the to sometimes evade gathering and tracking for periods of time. DNA GENOMIC TESTING CAN CONFIRM PURITY: Continuing to exclude various Purebred Exmoor ponies is especially genetically wasteful now that the advancements in affordable DNA genomic testing enable the 'PURITY' of Exmoor ponies to be confirmed. This excellent new 'tool' can be utilised to not only safeguard and recognise Purebred (but non-pedigree registered) Exmoor ponies - it can also be used to confirm the purity of Pedigree-registered ponies already listed in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book. (Currently, ONLY moorbred Exmoor ponies, or foals where more than one stallion is on site at the time of conception, have to be DNA parentage verified as a pedigree registration requirement. Other pedigree registration is accepted on the word of the breeder so although pedigree/purity is indicated, it is not proven). EXMOOR PONY SOCIETY STATEMENTS ARE INACCURATE: Recent statements by the Exmoor Pony Society are misleading. The society publicly stated on 16 October: "The main section of the Exmoor Pony Society studbook is divided into two sections – Section 1 and Section X ". However, as explained above, the reality is that there is only ONE section in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book and that is the viewable list of Pedigree-registered Exmoor ponies (Section One). No other lists are viewable, including Section-X ponies. We should also remember that Section-X ponies can include parentage verified Exmoor ponies who meet the breed standard, but who have not been inspected for whatever reason. There is no Upgrading system in the Stud Book for their progeny. The Exmoor Pony Society also stated publicly on 16 October 'No pony of known parentage is excluded from the main section of the studbook.' This is not true. As explained above, Exmoor ponies with known parentage are being excluded from pedigree registration and therefore 'the main [the only] section of the Stud Book', and sometimes through no fault of their own. 'REGISTERED' IS NOT NECESSARILY 'PEDIGREE': It also needs to be understood that a 'Registered Exmoor pony' is an Exmoor pony with a passport issued by one of the approved Passport Issuing Offices, which includes but is not limited to the Exmoor Pony Society. Not all 'registered' Exmoor ponies are listed in the Exmoor Pony Stud Book - or recognised, or even known, by the Exmoor Pony Society. SAFEGUARDING QUALITY PUREBRED EXMOOR PONIES: We are trying to point out that this current Stud Book format is excluding some outstanding quality, True Moorland Type Exmoor ponies. Exactly the kind of Exmoor ponies we should be safeguarding, within this Endangered breed, for the future. Not least, the entire 2014 progeny of the Tippbarlake herd to cite one glaring example. We hope this explains the situation more clearly - and accurately. View the full article
  15. Are there really PLENTY of Exmoor ponies? We're not so sure. There is apparently an estimated population of Exmoor ponies of something like 3 to 4,000 worldwide (exact numbers are uncertain and repeated requests for up-to-date population figures have been ignored by the breed society). However, when we take a look at the number of True Moorland Type, free-living Exmoor ponies in Exmoor National Park - the numbers drop alarmingly. The free-living Moorland Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park are unique in that they must be DNA-parentage-verified before entering the Pedigree stud book - while Exmoor ponies born 'off the moor' can routinely gain entry to the Pedigree stud book on the 'breeder's word' regarding parentage. And importantly, through living and breeding in their natural, indigenous environment, the Moorbred Exmoor ponies are able to retain and pass on the learned and genetic characteristics and behaviours of extensively-grazing free-living native ponies - from generation to generation. As well as their all-important 'wildness'. With only around 500 free-living Moorland Exmoor ponies - and various of those not breeding - this small population is Critically Endangered. So no, there are not PLENTY of True Moorland Type Exmoor ponies at all. Were the moorland herds to disperse and vanish, these ponies cannot simply be 'replaced with bloodlines from elsewhere' because they are not the same when they are bred off the moor. They change. The safeguarding of the PUREBRED as well as PEDIGREE Moorland Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park remains core to the objectives of the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group. 'Guardians of the Breed'? 'Friends of the Breed'? The important objective is to facilitate preservation, conservation and protection of these True Moorland Type Exmoor ponies into the future. A small number of Moorland Exmoor foals are available For Sale now and over the coming weeks. Supporting the ponies directly supports the breed. For more information please contact the MEPBG at MoorlandExmoorGroup@hotmail.co.uk. View the full article