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Performance Ponies

The British Riding Pony has long been associated with the glamour and tradition of the show ring, but many registered ponies also compete with great success in other disciplines.

To encourage this the NPS offers classes for sport pony breeding, event ponies and dressage at the Summer Championships. In addition the NPS Dressage Group run a very successful Dressage Championship each May at Bury Farm, click here for details.

In conjunction with some of the major equestrian sport governing bodies, the stud book offer Best of Breed rosettes to British Riding Ponies who are excelling in those disciplines. We also regularly profile these ponies on our social media pages.

The NPS is also a member of the National Stallion Association which runs a performance test annually in August. The test provides a potential showcase for both British Riding Ponies and indeed all our native breeds to demonstrate their performance capabilities at a national recognised level.  Full details can be found on their website

If you have a British Riding Pony that is competing successfully outside the show ring, please contact the office here with your news.

NPS/Derby House British Riding Pony Performance Scheme

In 2019 we launched the British Riding Pony Performance Scheme kindly sponsored by Derby House. This is open to all overstamped and registered British Riding Ponies and will recognise ponies that are successful in all spheres of equestrianism. Points accumulated in either Dressage, Jumping, Ridden Showing, In Hand Showing and Utility sections will lead to a league table with fabulous prizes for each section. Whether your pony races, hunts, is a Pony Club eventer or a HOYS champion, there is a section for you. All our prize winners will be recognised at the AGM each year and the actual competition runs from 1st January to 31st December. Our fantastic sponsors Derby House will be giving vouchers to all scheme participants and rugs and other great prizes to the section winners. To download the full information sheet please click BRP Performance Scheme and to register your pony by post please click BRP Performance Scheme Registration

Members can enter their ponies in the scheme free of charge by simply emailing their name, address and pony’s details to There is a £5 fee for non-members who can register online HERE by logging in/registering, adding your pony to the ‘my horses’ section and then clicking ‘enter show’, selecting ‘BRP Performance Scheme’ and then following through to the payment stage.

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