The National Pony Society was formed in 1893, 'to encourage the Breeding, Registration and Improvement of Riding Ponies and Mountain & Moorland ponies and to foster the Welfare of Ponies in general'.
In conjunction with the British Horse Society, it is the officially appointed liaison between the Government and all those concerned with Ponies and is represented on all major horse and pony organisations.
Through its Council the Society organises the following:
1. The maintenance of its British Riding Pony Stud Book, Register, Appendix and Baseline, Larger Height Register, Sports Categories Register and the International Stud Book and Register.
2. An annual Summer Championship Show with a variety of classes for Riding Ponies, Hunter Ponies, Mountain & Moorland Ponies, Hacks, Part Bred Ponies, Children's Riding Ponies, as well as the Finals of many of the Society's Championships. There is also a Spring Festival, again with a variety of classes and many qualifiers for NPS Competitions and Finals of the NPS Winter Series.
3. National Championships, with qualifiers throughout the country and the Finals held at important events towards the end of the season.
4. An Affiliation Scheme to encourage classes for registered Riding Ponies and Mountain & Moorland Breeds at Shows all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
5. An up-to-date list of qualified Judges, reviewed annually in order to ensure that the competence of these is maintained at a high level. (The Probationary Judge's Scheme gives prospective Judges an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience before being considered for inclusion on the Panel proper).
Members receive a copy of the Annual Review, which includes reports from the Breed Societies and NPS Areas.
The Society is a DEFRA approved Passport issuing organisation and provides Equine Passports for registered and non-registered ponies.
The Society is represented on the Welfare Committees of the British Horse Society and the National Equine Welfare Council.
All Members are eligible to join in the activities of the NPS Areas covering the United Kingdom. Their activities include Shows, Educational Events and a variety of pony and social occasions.
NPS Scotland organises an Annual Show, attracting entries from south of the border in addition to Scotland. It also organises shows, open days, discussions and many other local events.
In all these ways The National Pony Society's Members throughout the United Kingdom, wherever they live, may participate in Society events; competitive, instructional and social.