Postal Address: National Pony Society Studbook, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG
Telephone: 01420 88333
Registration Numbers identify the section of the British Riding Pony Stud Book into which a pony has been entered. A pony registered in the Stud Book, Register, Appendix Mare Register or the Appendix is eligible for entry into NPS showing classes.
A pony registered in the Baseline is not eligible for showing in NPS Show Pony or Show Hunter Pony classes.
To be eligible for entry into the British Riding Pony Stud Book, Register, Appendix or Baseline the pony must have been born in the United Kingdom and must have some proven BRP or registered Mountain and Moorland breeding in its pedigree.
The sire and dam to be registered in either:
– The British Riding Pony Stud Book or Register
– The main section of one of the Mountain and Moorland Stud Books
– The General Stud Book
– The Arab or Anglo Arab Stud Books
The sire and dam may not both be registered in the same Mountain and Moorland Stud Book, the General Stud Book, the Arab or Anglo Arab Stud Books.
The sire to be either:
– A licensed Stallion from the above studbooks (Stallion Licence number to be stated on the application form)
– In possession of an approved Veterinary Certificate, stating that the stallion is free from hereditary diseases, as applicable to certain Mountain & Moorland Studbooks that do not require licensing and Thoroughbreds in excess of 15hh.
Ponies to have three generations of proven, acceptable, registered pedigree on both the sire and the dam’s side.
Ponies with Welsh Stud Book Foundation Stock (WSB 0000 FS) somewhere in their three generations of pedigree are restricted to the British Riding Pony Register.
Ponies with a dam in the Appendix are restricted to the Appendix.
Ponies with a sire or dam registered with one of the coloured Societies e.g.CHAPS or BSPA are restricted to the Appendix.
The criteria are the same as for BRPSB registration except that the ponies need only have one generation of proven acceptable registered pedigree.
The female progeny of Appendix Mare Register (AMR) mares may expect to be registered in the British Riding Pony Register, providing they are by a Stallion which is registered and licensed by the NPS or another approved society.
Female progeny of an Appendix Mare by a registered, licensed, acceptable stallion are registered as Appendix Mare Register (AMR).
Fillies, mares and geldings will be considered for registration in the Appendix; colts are not eligible.
The sire must be registered and licensed as for the BRPSB but the dam may be unregistered or known by name only.
Colt foals from Appendix mares can not move up from the Appendix in the way that filly foals can, and they must be gelded before they are eligible to go in the Appendix.
Entry may be restricted to the Appendix if the sire or dam is a part bred and not registered or overstamped with the NPS. Overstamping can make it possible to get the offspring registered in the BRPSB or the Register.
Ponies in the Weatherbys Non Thoroughbred Register (NTR) are considered as unregistered.
The supplementary stud books accommodate specific types of ponies that are the offspring of British Riding Ponies and of similar type but are not eligible for the main British Riding Pony Stud Book. The sections are the same as for the main stud book. The criteria for entry in each of the supplementary stud books are defined here.
As for the main British Riding Pony Stud Book, except the pony is born overseas. These ponies may be the result of the use of exported frozen semen or embryos. Four generations are considered and exported ponies that were registered in either the British Riding Pony Stud Book or Register, the main section of one of the Mountain and Moorland Stud Books, the General Stud Book, or the Arab or Anglo Arab Stud Books are eligible.
As for the main British Riding Pony Stud Book except the ancestry must include ponies registered in a Continental or Sports Stud Book. Part of the ancestry must also be registered in the British Riding Pony Stud Book or Register or the main section of one of the Mountain and Moorland stud books, the General Stud Book, or the Arab or Anglo Arab Stud Books. There is no height limit for this section of the Studbook.
As for the main British Riding Pony Stud Book, except the pony is expected to attain a life height over 153cms
(15 hands), there is no upper height limit for this section of the Studbook.
If a larger height pony is imported it is put in the International Stud Book.
This section of the Stud Book was opened when it became compulsory for the NPS to register all ponies that were offspring of ponies already in the British Riding Pony Stud Book, even if they did not meet the Stud Book registration criteria. The sire or dam of Baseline ponies must be registered in the British Riding Pony Stud Book, Register or Appendix.
Baseline ponies are not generally considered suitable for breeding purposes and are not eligible for showing in NPS Riding Pony or Hunter Pony Inhand classes.
There are two main reasons why ponies would be put in the Baseline:
1) They are colts and their breeding makes them only eligible for the Appendix. The Appendix is only open to mares and geldings, so colts are put in the Baseline until gelded then upgraded to the Appendix.
All colts registered in the Baseline must be gelded by 2 years of age. The registration of a Baseline colt will become invalid if this rule is not adhered to and the equine passport will be recalled for re-issue as a Non-Registered equine passport.
2) The Stallion is not in possession of a recognised Stallion Licence or Veterinary Certificate. The stallion has not therefore been vetted for breeding purposes and has not been vet checked for congenital or hereditary diseases.
Note: The female progeny of a Baseline mare may expect to be registered in the British Riding Pony Appendix if it fulfils the NPS Registration criteria for the Appendix. The progeny of a Baseline colt may never be eligible for registration in the British Riding Pony Appendix and will always remain a Baseline pony. A Baseline gelding will always remain a Baseline animal.
New for 2020, this register has been opened for ponies wishing to compete in NPS SP/SHP Ridden classes, who are part-breds with ineligible or unknown breeding. These ponies must already be passported with a PIO and in the correct ownership. This would be a ‘one-off’ application, once registered this will stay with the pony for life. This does not allow these ponies into the BRP Studbook and is purely for competing in NPS SP/SHP Classes.
In all cases:
It is expected that all colts registered in the British Riding Pony Stud Book or Register will be licensed as a Stallion or gelded by 2 years of age. A pony is deemed to be 1 year of age by 31 December in its year of birth and 2 years of age by 31 December the following year.
All colts registered in the Baseline must be gelded by 2 years of age. The Registration of a Baseline Colt will become invalid if this rule is not adhered to and the Equine Passport will be recalled for re-issue as a Non-Registered Equine Passport.
The progeny of unlicensed stallions are only eligible for registration in the Baseline and are not eligible to compete in NPS Inhand or Ridden classes.Only current NPS Life, Qualifying, Non-Qualifying or Breeder Members may stand an NPS licensed stallion.
A Registration Application form is required, a guidelines document that explains how the this should be completed is available. This should be used to ensure the form is completed correctly. Prices for registrations vary depending of whether the person registering the pony is a Member of the NPS and also depending on the age of the pony, please see the table of Registration Fees for these prices. All NPS BRP Stud Book Forms, Guidelines and Fees can be downloaded here. If you have any queries or require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact 01420 88333 (Extension 1)