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Showing Your Fell Pony

With the endangered status of the Fell Pony, and a total population of less than a thousand across North America, traditional breed classes just for the Fells can only receive limited support, especially as members that show their ponies are oftentimes hundreds of miles away from each other.

But this is where the breed shines, as the Fell Pony is a top competitor in a multitude of disciplines, showing their willing versatility for their owners in everything from carriage driving to competitive trail to dressage and working equitation.

As an organization, we can coordinate sponsorships for Best of Breed and more at member shows, and have been a USDF Participating Breed Organization offering the All Breeds Award to our members since 2008!

In addition, FPSNA created the first ever continent-wide Virtual Show Series to offer opportunities for pony owners to show under Fell Pony Society Approved Panel Judges, in classes for Fell Ponies only, and it has been a huge success.

FPSNA also offers our Year End Awards program (the ‘PPA’), in which the shows and events that our members have competed and participated in throughout the year are submitted at the end of our competition year (Nov 30th), and the points earned are tallied to award placings in each division, Champions of divisions and performance categories, and even a Supreme Champion Fell Pony of the Year! We send amazing rosettes to all competitors, and create a special edition of our printed newsletter that announces our winners as well. This is the only true multi-discipline Nationals-level opportunity for Fell Ponies in North America.

But our opportunities are not limited to just those that show, as we also have recognition programs for breed ambassadors, participating in non-judged public events, as well as our Recreational Pony Program, for miles logged with your pony doing activities such as leisurely in-hand walks, riding and driving.

For those so inspired, members have had great success contacting local Welsh pony organizations, and getting classes added at those shows under the Mountain & Moorland (M&M) Division, which is the traditional seat & discipline for native ponies. Many Welsh pony judges are qualified to judge Fell Ponies within an M&M class, and getting something on the schedule oftentimes will encourage other area competitors to join in!

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