Postal Address: The National Pony Society Stud Book
Weatherbys, Sanders Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 4BX
01933 304868 (Ask for NPS Stud Book)
OVERSTAMPING OF EXISTING PASSPORTS
If your pony already has a Breed Society passport but is eligible for entry in the British Riding Pony Stud Book then the NPS will register the pony and overstamp the existing passport.
You may wish to do this if
- You have a part bred Mountain and Moorland pony that, if registered in the British Riding Pony Stud Book, would be eligible for more NPS Show Pony and Show Hunter Pony classes
- You wish to breed from the pony and register its offspring in the British Riding Pony Stud Book
As well as part bred Mountain and Moorland ponies the NPS can register and overstamp the passports of part bred Arabs. The NPS can't register and overstamp the passports of pure bred Mountain and Moorland ponies and anyway there is no benefit to the owners from doing this.
If you would like the NPS to register your pony and overstamp its existing passport you should follow a procedure fsimilar to that for registration of a British Riding Pony and complete the Overstamping Application form which is a resource at the foot of this page. Please use the Overstamping Guidelines document, which is also a resource at the foot of this page, to help you complete the form.
Prefixes: When registering a pony and overstamping a Breed Society passport please note that any prefix that is used must be extended for use with the NPS, unless the pony is a gelding. Please see additional details under the Prefixes section of this website.
Markings Diagram: Please note that you do not need to complete the markings diagram as there is one already in the existing passport.
However, all other aspects must be in line with a new registration:
- The Prefix must be valid for use with the NPS
- The breeder must sign the breeder part of the form
- A service certificate must be provided
- The passport must show the pony as being in the correct ownership
The fee for registration and overstamping is £20 for NPS Full
Members and £25 for others.
A prefix is a name chosen by a breeder which is used to prefix the name of all foals bred and regsitered by that breeder and may also identify the breeder's stud.
Prefixes must be registered with the Central Prefix Register (CPR). If you want to check who owns a prefix or check to see if anyone has already registered one that you want to use you can look on the Central Prefix Register website. There is a link to this under Resources at the foot of this page. The initial registration of a prefix includes registration with one Society, but an additional fee is then required to extend the prefix for use with other Societies.
Prefixes being used to register ponies with the NPS must be registered with the NPS as well as with the CPR. This applies to registrations involving overstamping of Breed Society passports as well as registrations involving the issue of an NPS Passport.
For more information please see the Prefix Rules and Regulations document that is a Resource at the foot of this page.
How To Register a Prefix
New prefixes can be registered through the NPS which works closely with the CPR. Please use the New Prefix Application Form which is a Resource at the foot of this page. The fee is £60, this includes the initial registration with the CPR and registration of the prefix for use with the NPS.
If you have already registered your prefix with the CPR through another Society and just want to extend it for use with the NPS please use the Prefix Extension Form which is a Resource at the foot of this page. The fee is £20.
A pony should only have one passport and one Unique Equine Life Number (UELN).
If an NPS Passport is lost the owner of the pony can apply for a duplicate to be issued.
Duplicate passports for Registered ponies cost £60 for NPS Full
Members and £75 for others.
Duplicate passports for non-registered ponies cost £60.
The Duplicate Form can be found as a Resource at the foot of this page.
If the current owner of the pony is not the last owner recorded with the NPS
then a Transfer of Ownership will also be required. Please see details under
Ponies don't have to be microchipped in order for a duplicate passport to be
issued provided the pony was formally identified and the original passport
produced before the end of June 2009.
PASSPORTS TO REPLACE NPS CERTIFICATES
Some older ponies may still have an NPS Certificate of Registration and no
passport. Owners of these ponies can apply for a passport in pace of the
Certificate. The form can be found as a Resource at the foot of this page.
The pony must be microchipped before a passport can be issued.
The cost for a Passport in pace of a Certificate (PIC) is £20
ANIMAL ID ONLY PASSPORTS
From July 2009 DEFRA has agreed that pony owners who have an 'ID Only' passport
but who can prove the breeding or their pony can ask for the 'ID Only' passport
to be rescinded. The owner should apply for the pony to be registered with the
Breed Society, enclose the 'ID Only' passport and a letter requesting that that
passport is rescinded. This will then be processed by the Breed Society in
conjunction with the organisation that issued the 'ID Only' passport.
If the pony is eligible for registration, or has already been registered with the
NPS, then the NPS should be able to issue a registration document, showing the
pony's breeding and registration details, to go with the Animal ID passport.
Please contact the NPS Office.
NPS RULES & REGULATIONS TO GOVERN THE USE OF AI
- Stallions must be owned by Full Members of The National Pony Society, be registered and licensed by the NPS, or their own Breed Society, and be DNA tested.
- The Stallion must have an NPS Permit for use in connection with AI, for which a fee will be charged. The Society will record a list of all Stallions available for AI.
- If frozen semen is taken, a record of which countries the semen is exported to should be forwarded to The National Pony Society at the end of the covering season.
- If the foal is conceived by AI then a DNA parentage test is required unless either:
- The insemination took place using chilled semen at a location where both the sire and dam were present, in which case a service certificate signed by the stallion owner is sufficient, or
- The foal is gelded prior to registration
- The resulting live foal must be parentage tested between 3-6 months of age. DNA samples from both the foal and the dam are required for the parentage test. DNA testing kits are available on request from the NPS. They cost �£50 each, this includes the parentage test. Once a sample has been taken for a dam, additional samples will not be required for subsequent foals. The results of the parentage test should accompany any applications to register the foal with the NPS and replace the Service Certificate.
- The NPS strongly recommends that the following forms are completed to assist in control of semen, recording insemination and pregnancy testing. These forms are available from the NPS and should accompany the applications to register the foal with the NPS:
FORM A: Certificate of Collection of Semen to be completed by a veterinary surgeon, or BEVA AI Technician, (to accompany the semen in the Equitainer.)
FORM B: Insemination Certificate stating
- (i) Veterinary certified confirmation of the insemination dates and name of inseminator
- (ii) Registered name of mare and Beed Society registration number
- (iii) If chilled/fresh semen, signed label by veterinary surgeon stating registered name of donor stallion. If frozen semen, code number of collector and code number of straws.
- (iv) Where the insemination was carried out.
FORM C: A pregnancy document stating the confirmed appearance of a pregnancy by
Ultrasound Scan, before 42 days, correlating with the estimated age of the stated
last date of insemination. All documents must be signed by the veterinary surgeon
and stamped with the address.
NON-REGISTERED EQUINE PASSPORTS
Eligibility: The NPS issues Non-registered Equine Passports (pink covers) for ponies, horses and foals. They must not be eligible for registration in the British Riding Pony Stud Book or in the Stud Book of a registered Native Breed Society and must not have been issued with an Equine Passport from any other Passport Issuing Organisation.
The NPS does not issue Non-registered passports for stallions but will issue Non-registered passports for colts which require a passport prior to gelding. The owner must agree to geld the colt as soon as possible but definitely by the time it is two years of age.
Showing: Ponies with Non-registered passports are not eligible for entry in NPS classes. However, they may be shown with the British Show Pony Society, Ponies Association (UK) or the British Show Hack, Cob & Riding Horse Association, provided that the pony fulfils those Societies' own showing regulations.
How to apply for a Non-Registered Passport
- Use the Non-Reg Application form which is a resource at the foot of this page.
- Complete the form in capital letters and black ink
- The pony must be mircochipped
- Print off the guidelines for completion of description and markings diagrams which is also a resource. Give this to the vet who is doing the diagram for you.
- If the pony is a gelding make sure the vet signs the certificate of castration
- Send the completed and signed form with the fee to the NPS.
Fees for a Non-Registered Passport are:
Full Members of the NPS £20, Others £25.
Return of passport recorded delivery £3.00
BRITISH RIDING PONY STALLION LICENSING SCHEME
The NPS will license only ponies which are registered in the British Riding Pony Stud Book or Register or the General Stud Book (small thoroughbreds not to make more than 15.0hh at maturity). For thoroughbreds over 15.0hh application may be made for an NPS Veterinary Certificate in place of a Stallion Licence.
Age for Licensing:
Colts should be licensed as soon as they become two years of age. A pony is regarded as being one year old on 1st January after the year in which it was foaled and becomes two years old on the following 1st January.
Registration of Progeny:
The NPS will only accept for registration in the British Riding Pony Stud Book, Register and Appendix the progeny of licensed stallions. In the case of thoroughbreds, progeny conceived before licensing may be accepted for registration following a successful Veterinary Inspection of the sire leading to the issue of an NPS Veterinary Certificate.
The fee for licensing a stallion , which includes the DNA testing fee is £125.00. This is not refundable if a Licence is refused
Licensing of thoroughbred stallions:
The NPS will license thoroughbred stallions which are registered in the General Stud Book (small thoroughbreds not to make more than 15.0hh at maturity). For thoroughbreds over 15.0hh application may be made for an NPS Veterinary Certificate in place of a Stallion Licence. The fee for licensing thoroughbred stallions is £85 (rather than £125) as no DNA kit is required because DNA ia already available for these colts.
All owners, lessees or agents of NPS British Riding Pony Registered Stallions standing at Stud must be Breeder Members of The National Pony Society.
See our downloadable forms (right) for details of the licensing process
and an Application Form.
All NPS BRP Stud Book Forms, Guidelines and Fees can be downloaded via the
right handside panel of this page. If you have any queries or require
further assistance please dont hesitate to contact 01933 440077
(Ask for NPS Stud Book)
Please note that the NPS takes no responsibility for passports lost or damaged in the post and recommends the use of Recorded Delivery for these important documents.