We wish you a peaceful Christmas and holiday season and hope that the New Year is a healthy and prosperous one for you and your family – and for our special Newfoundland Pony. 2018 was a good year for the Newfoundland Pony Society as we pursue our mandate to preserve, promote, and protect this important heritage breed, which is unique to Newfoundland & Labrador.
The number of NL Pony registrations are up to #856 with possibly a few more by year end. Watch for the next update of the lineage report on our website. You can help by registering and encouraging the registration of any known Newfoundland Ponies. Free DNA testing is also available. Apply soon.
– This year we were granted a 50-year-lease on 25 acres of land at Hopeall, Trinity Bay which was formerly used as a pony and horse sanctuary. There are plans for land and building improvement next year to use the land for hay and pony pasture. If you want to get involved or have labour, materials or a financial donation to offer, please get in touch with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
– A big thank you goes out to Downhome Magazine which continues to give us a NL Pony page in their magazine which has national & international distribution. They also host a Newfoundland Pony exhibit at their annual Downhome Expo in Mount Pearl. We appreciate their ongoing sponsorship. Please contact us with any ideas for Pony stories or features. One story that received a lot of attention was about an old Newfoundland Pony nicknamed ‘Mudder’, who was rescued and given a new home in Stittsville, Ontario. She was identified as Baytona Star, through DNA, registered as #228, whose whereabouts had been unknown for years. Registration counts! To read Mudder’s story see: https://www.downhomelife.com/article.php?id=1936
– We continue to sponsor prize ribbons for Newfoundland Pony classes at the Highland Creek Pony Shows in Clarington, Ontario. Keep up the good work in showcasing the abilities of the Newfoundland Pony!
– The Newfoundland Pony Pals group has been very active in the Conception Bay North area. Thanks to Byron Hierlihy and other local Newfoundland Pony owners and lots of volunteers for keeping the Pony front and centre at community events in the region. They also secured the use of part of a community pasture which is now dedicated to Newfoundland Ponies. Great work.
– We have an active Re-homing Committee, who find placements for Ponies in need of a new home, headed by Ontario-based Council member Korrine Affleck, with volunteers in several provinces. If you can offer a good home to a Newfoundland Pony, or know of one, please let Korrine or one of our council members know.
– Now’s the time to renew your membership. After October 1, new members or renewals are good to December 31, 2019. We value your membership as a show of support and participation in the Society. You can renew your Membership or join online today, at www.newfoundlandpony.com.
If you would like to donate to the Newfoundland Pony Society, we issue tax receipts as a registered charity. To donate, please visit Canada Helps:
Once again, happy holidays and all the best for the New Year. We hope to see you at a Newfoundland Pony event in 2019!
“A great pony will change your life. The truly special ones define it…” – Author Unknown
Photo: Driftwood’s Amazing Grace (left) & Driftwood’s Primrose, both 2018 fillies. Photo courtesy of Dr. Jessica Boyd
ST. JOHN’s, NL, July 26, 2018 – The Newfoundland Pony Society (NPS) is pleased to announce free DNA testing for Newfoundland Ponies as part of an ongoing effort to identify and add more purebred ponies to the official registry. Anyone who owns a Newfoundland Pony (or suspected Newfoundland Pony) is encouraged to apply. There are 50 grants available for the testing. Program information and application forms are available on the NPS website at https://newfoundlandpony.com.
The DNA testing program is part of the process used by NPS to identify purebred Newfoundland Ponies. Earlier this year, one of the oldest known living Newfoundland Ponies, ‘Mudder’ was found living in an emaciated condition in Quebec, working at a children’s riding stable. Through the efforts of the Newfoundland Pony community, DNA testing confirmed her as Baytona Star #228, a registered Newfoundland Pony whose whereabouts have been unknown for many years.
Because Mudder/Baytona Star was registered, she was able to be quickly identified as a Newfoundland Pony. The rescue and identification of Mudder highlights the importance of making sure that all known Newfoundland Ponies are registered with the NPS. She has since been adopted by a family just outside Ottawa where she is receiving excellent care. The Newfoundland Pony Registry can be found at https://www.newfoundlandpony.com/lineage.
Once a DNA application is received by the NPS, if the ID committee finds that there is reason to believe that the pony in question is a Newfoundland Pony, the owner will be notified, and the $50 DNA testing fee will be waived. All owners of Newfoundland Ponies that are tested under this program must agree to proceed with registering their pony for $25 if the DNA confirms that they are registerable.
For more information, please visit www.newfoundlandpony.com.
Newfoundland Pony Society