Notice of Vacancy – Vice President


New Vice President for NPS
Jason Bull, a Newfoundland Pony owner resident of Eastport, NL, has been named Vice President of the Newfoundland Pony Society in accordance with the NPS Constitution, to fill the balance of the term of Byron Hierlihy who resigned in October. Current term of Executive Council continues until December 31, 2018, with elections for all positions in the fall. Four members submitted expressions of interest for the position, which is very encouraging but made for a difficult decision.

Jack Harris
Newfoundland Pony Society

Consultation on Draft Registrar’s Manual – Extended

Dear Members and Former Members of NPS,

RE: Consultation on Draft Registrar’s Manual

The Executive Council has received requests for more time to review and comment on the Draft Registrar’s Manual and have decided to extend the period for response and feedback to September 30, 2017.

If you wish to have a copy of the Draft Registrar’s Manual and haven’t received one yet, please email me at

Comment, suggestions and feedback on the Draft Registrar’s Manual should be sent to me or to the Secretary, Alicia Cooper, at

Thank you for your interest and support of the Newfoundland Pony.

Jack Harris


Volunteers invited for New NPS Committees:

NPS Council has established four new Committees and are asking for volunteers from our membership who wish to participate in the work of NPS to consider joining. Please write the secretary, Alicia Cooper at secretary@newfoundlandpony,com

The Committees are:  Constitutional Review Committee, to be chaired by Tammy Webber; Registration Policy Advisory Committee, to be chaired by Registrar Kelly Power-Kean; Pony Care and Protection Committee, to be chaired by Byron Hierlihy; and Pony Promotion and Fundraising Committee, to be chaired by Korrine Affleck.

Presidents Progress Report – May 2017

May 25, 2017

Dear Members and Former Members of NPS,

As President I want to provide a further progress report on the activities of the Council of The Newfoundland Pony Society since my last message of February 22, 2017.

As previously discussed, the overwhelming priority expressed by Council Members for our term of office was the Registering of all eligible Ponies and the improvement of the Registration Process, followed by Communication. Communication between council members and above all with pony owners, members and potential members. This letter continues that process.

We are happy to see new registrations and want to encourage all Pony owners and friends to help us promote Registration to build on the significance of the Pony and enhance its status a Heritage Animal and valuable Newfoundland Pony Breed. We are pleased with the positive reactions from the general public and equine enthusiasts to the Newfoundland Pony and the increased interest. In case you missed it, you might want to have a look at the BBC story, “The little pony that built Newfoundland”, including some great pictures of Newfoundland Ponies on Change Island and a profile of NPS member, Netta LeDrew, at

New Developments:


We have established four new Committees and are asking for volunteers from our membership who wish to participate in the work of NPS to consider joining.

The Committees are: Constitutional Review Committee, to be chaired by Tammy Webber; Registration Policy Advisory Committee, to be chaired by Registrar Kelly Power-Kean; Pony Care and Protection Committee, to be chaired by Byron Hierlihy; and Pony Promotion and Fundraising Committee, to be chaired by Korrine Affleck.

Members interested in participating in any one of these Committees, please indicate your interest to the Society’s Secretary, Alicia Cooper, at

Update to Lineage Report:

In February, we updated and upgraded our website Lineage Report to include an interactive feature with ‘Family Tree’ Charts accessible by clicking on the Newfoundland Pony’s name in the Index. This Lineage Report has now been updated to May 1, 2017 and includes registrations up to NPS # 818, Change Islands Beothic’s Jigger. Several errors and bugs were identified and corrected with the help of watchful eyes. Thank you for that. And please continue. With your help, we will have as complete and accurate information as possible. If you have any information or updates on ponies in the Lineage Report please let our Registrar, Kelly Power-Kean, know at We will now be updating the Lineage quarterly based on the calendar year with the next update covering up to June 30. The Lineage Report 2017 can be found on the NPS website on the drop-down menu entitled “About the NFLD Pony”.

Plans for Pony Photos to be added:

Interest has been expressed in being able to see pictures of the Newfoundland Ponies displayed through the Lineage Reports and NPS is actively pursuing this idea. We would like to have this up and running over the next several months, but first we need to complete the logistics, including software capabilities, required consents from Pony Owners who wish to have their ponies displayed, and perhaps a standard template for the photo to provide consistency in presentation. We welcome feedback on this idea.

Registration Manual Project:

Plans for a new formal Registration Manual continue with Council in receipt of the Committee’s Report which is under review. We plan to have a draft available for Members in early July and open for input until the end of August. We realize the importance of this project as it represents a comprehensive review of the Registration Procedure and Policies, the first in a long time.

We believe that members and pony owners will have adequate opportunity for consideration, comments, and input before a registration policy and the manual itself is adopted by NPS. We want a fully transparent and professional system in place with procedures and policies readily accessible to members and pony owners.

Pony Promotions:

We have an ongoing relationship with Downhome Magazine who generously offer us a monthly advertorial in their popular magazine with a huge and widespread circulation throughout Canada and we continue to avail of this opportunity. If you don’t have access to these pages through the Downhome Magazine, look for them on our website or Facebook page.

We also participated once again in their annual Downhome Expo and trade show at the Mount Pearl Glacier arena April 28-30, which was a great success. We had a full booth featuring Newfoundland Ponies Annie of Avalon, Millennium Beauty, and Klondyke Lady who were real crowd-pleasers. Thanks again to Tammy Webber and Kevin Dawson and family for making their ponies available and all those who helped with trailering, pony care and welcoming the visitors who wanted to get up close to these beautiful animals. The overall event was very well attended from Friday Night to Sunday afternoon and the Newfoundland Pony booth was a big hit. We also sold 50/50 tickets as a fundraiser and the winner, Holly Gulliver, received a prize of $2,597.25. Special thanks to Byron Hierlihy and Tammy Webber who organized the event on behalf of NPS and all the Volunteers, including At Large Council Member Gertrude Maxwell, visiting from Saskatchewan.

We want to express our appreciation to the Downhome organization for hosting us at this event and giving us a great opportunity to showcase the Newfoundland Pony and make new friends and connections for the Pony and NPS.

On June 11th and July 23th at Highland Creek Farm on Orono, Ontario, the Pony Society will be sponsoring a Newfoundland Pony Class at their pony shows. Korrine Affleck, At Large Council Member, from Ontario will be in attendance at the June 11th Show with a Newfoundland Pony Display and promotional material. We are pleased to be one of the sponsors of these shows.

Byron Hierlihy and associates at Pony Pals organization will be busy again this summer with events and activities in the Conception Bay North Region of Newfoundland and Labrador, showcasing Newfoundland Ponies and welcoming visitors to their pony pasture.

Membership: Membership Secretary, Jodie Demerais, continues to encourage member renewals and new members. So, if you haven’t renewed or want to join or encourage your friends to join, it’s a good way to support the Pony.

Membership is one source of funds for the operation of the Society through the fee, but more importantly, it is a sign of your interest and support for our goals for the promotion, preservation and protection of this fantastic Newfoundland Pony Breed recognized as a Heritage Animal. So, please sign up online through our website at or print the membership form and send it in the mail.

If you have any questions you can contact Jodie through her email address at One of or goals is to build a strong organization to be able to do a better job for the pony.

Registration: We are engaged in continuous improvement to our registration system under the lead of our Registrar, Kelly Power-Kean. We have worked out a few kinks in the process and you will see fast turnaround, particularly if you deal directly with the NPS Registry for DNA sampling. The proper sampling instructions and barcode for identification will be sent immediately on submission of an application. If you need to contact Kelly about any aspect of registration her email is You can also help by urging pony owners to register all Newfoundland Ponies with NPS.

I hope you have found this update of interest as we continue with our plans and goals for the Pony and the Society. We welcome your feedback, suggestions for improvement, and any ideas you have for the betterment, protection and preservation of the Newfoundland Pony.

Jack Harris


New Treasurer for Newfoundland Pony Society

Robert Paddon, of St. John’s, has been named Treasurer of the Newfoundland Pony Society to replace Pam Pippy who resigned effective February 28, 2017. He was chosen by the Executive Council in accordance with Article 4.6 of the By-Laws of the NPS Constitution from two members who offered themselves and presented a letter of interest and experience to the Council.

The request for volunteers was broadcast by email to all members and former members and posted on the NPS website.

Robert has both a CA (Chartered Account) and CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation and has experience in auditing non-profit corporations as part of his private practice in accounting. He brings this experience as well as a desire to set up a new accounting system with ease of recording financial matters and production of reports to Council and Members.

Thank you to both members for offering to volunteer to fill this important role and thank you also to Pam Pippy for her 5 years of dedicated service to the Newfoundland Pony Society as Treasurer.

Jack Harris, President

Note: There are some who believe that vacant positions on council should be filled by a By-election. However, there is no provision or procedure for this in the Constitution. Council also considered that most members had not yet renewed this early in the year and the position needed to be filled quickly. This question can be explored further, if desired, when considering possible amendments to the Constitution.

NPS to attend The Downhome Expo 2015, PONIES NEEDED!

The Newfoundland Pony Society is pleased to announce that it will be attending the upcoming Downhome Expo held at the Glacier Arena, Mount Pearl, NL (April 17th-19th, 2015)!

The organizers have not only graciously invited the society to attend the event, but have additionally requested that we bring along some of our finest representatives of the breed! As the presence of a “real-live” pony at the event provides an excellent opportunity to increase public awareness, NPS hopes to secure three registered Newfoundland ponies owned by members of the Newfoundland Pony Society to showcase at the Expo (ideally one pony per day, however well-behaved pairs may be considered).

If you are interested in having your registered Newfoundland pony showcased at the 2015 Downhome Expo, please reply to NPS secretary ( by Friday, March 20th (stallions will not be permitted at the event).

For more information about the Downhome Expo, please visit:

See you at the Expo!

NPS Newfoundland Pony Breeder Directory Launched

The Interactive NPS Newfoundland Pony Breeder Directory has been added to the website, and will be updated shortly to include a full text listing.  NPS is pleased to be able to provide Newfoundland Pony enthusiasts with an interactive platform to connect with breeders all across North America!

The directory can be found under “Important Links”:

If you wish to be listed in the NPS Newfoundland Pony Breeder Directory, please send your information to NPS secretary Sarah Pearcey (


Newfoundland Pony Society Concerned the Future of the Pony is Endangered by Provincial Government Action

March 20, 2014 – The Newfoundland and Labrador Government appears to be supporting a proposal without proper public consultation that could see the end of the Newfoundland pony as a heritage animal and distinct breed. The Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Derrick Dalley, is considering moving the Newfoundland pony under the Federal Animal Pedigree Act as an “evolving” breed.

The Newfoundland Pony Society has taken a firm stand against this move in order to uphold its mandate of protecting and preserving the pony in its established form under Provincial Legislation.  The Newfoundland Pony Society, in existence since 1979 maintains that the Newfoundland pony, following 400 years of evolution, is a unique breed and as a designated heritage animal, should remain under provincial protection.

The Newfoundland Pony Society is calling on the Provincial Government to halt to any further steps in this process. The NPS is also asking the public to voice their concerns to Natural Resources Minister, Derrick Dalley at

“It is important that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are aware that the survival of the Newfoundland Pony as a protected, heritage animal is once again at stake,” said Jack Harris, Member of Parliament and Newfoundland Pony Society Board Member. “The Newfoundland Government must allow the people of this province and international breeders who love the pony as it is, to have input on the irreversible direction in which they are taking the pony,” Harris added.

“I am one of many pony owners who oppose giving our registry to a Federal agency. As Newfoundlanders, our pony is one of the few things we have left that is distinctly our own. We have the only equine in the world that is capable of changing colours 4 times a year; they are called ‘radical colour changers,’” said St. John’s pony owner, Helen Goyer. “If this change goes ahead, with so much mixing of breeds, our perfect pony as it has been for 400 years, will be forever lost,” Goyer added.

About the Newfoundland Pony Society

The Newfoundland Pony Society was founded in 1979 and was incorporated in 1981 as a Registered Charity (#899 123 053 RRO 001). In 1994, a resolution was brought to the floor of the House of Assembly by then MHA Jack Harris that laid the groundwork for the protection of the Newfoundland Pony and the creation of the Heritage Animals Act. The Newfoundland Pony Society is designated as the organization responsible for the preservation and protection of this animal. For more information, visit

Images of Newfoundland Ponies:

Images of the Newfoundland Pony are available for download at the links below.

Information Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why the Animal Pedigree Act Threatens the Survival of the Newfoundland Pony

What is a Newfoundland Pony?

The Newfoundland pony is a distinct breed formed by its natural environment.

The ancestors of the Newfoundland Pony arrived with Newfoundland’s early settlers from the British Isles. Their ancestors were primarily Exmoor, Dartmoor and New Forest ponies and to a lesser extent, Welsh Mountain, Galloway (extinct), Highland and Connemara ponies. They were hardy creatures who were already well adapted to the harsh climate of the islands of the North Atlantic. Isolated from the rest of the world, the ponies intermingled for 400 years, breeding in the seclusion of Newfoundland’s bays and coves to produce a sturdy pony uniquely our own.

Why is the Newfoundland Pony breed so special?

Most of the breeds we know today are modern breeds.  This means that they are genetically manipulated by humans. The Newfoundland pony is amazing because it has not (yet) been altered, or “improved” as it’s called.  Even despite it being critically endangered because of the thousands that were shipped out of Newfoundland to the meat plants, it is so genetically diverse and healthy that it can thrive once again without introducing new blood to its gene pool – and without crossbreeding it.

What is the Animal Pedigree Act (APA)?

The Canadian Animal Pedigree Act oversees associations under a Federal program for livestock – pigs, goats, cows, etc. Its stated purpose is, “to promote breed improvement, and to protect persons who raise and purchase animals.”

Why will inclusion under the APA hurt the pony?

The APA is not a program for the protection of the animal. The APA is not ‘rare breed’ sensitive and does not use a conservation approach for Heritage animals to preserve their precious, rare genetics. Under the APA, the Newfoundland pony will be opened to genetic alteration.

What is the Newfoundland Pony Society registry?

The registry is a database on ponies that is maintained by the Newfoundland Pony Society that have gone through the process of identification and verification of purebred status as defined by definition and the characteristics of what constitutes a Newfoundland pony.  This was defined by the people of Newfoundland who have lived with and known these ponies for a very long time.  Registered ponies can be traced back to original foundation stock ponies in Newfoundland who arrived hundreds of years ago. The ID process involves DNA testing and identification.  When new ponies come up for registration, their DNA and records are compared to their parents and traced back to foundation stock.  This is how we identify pony “family history” and breed accordingly to keep the lines strong and healthy.

What will happen if the Provincial Government gives the Federal Agency control over the pony?

The APA considers the pony as an “evolving” breed, which is defined as a “group of animals in the process of evolving into a new breed. This means they will be creating a NEW breed of Newfoundland pony and will allow other blood into the gene pool.  Along with new blood, there will be new diseases, genetic defects, and elimination of distinct traits, as the pony is changed into a new breed that ultimately suits the market.

The Newfoundland pony is already a distinct breed after evolving over the past 400 years. It is not a man-made, modern commercial breed that people consider what they know a purebred to be.  They are two very different types of breeds, the Newfoundland pony is rare, precious, genetic perfection that evolved in a natural environment.  Modern breeds have their problems, mostly because of poor breeding decisions. We do not want the Newfoundland Pony to go this route.

The Newfoundland Pony has many desirable internal traits that people treasure, such as its strength, courage, intelligence and its sweet, willing, docile temperament.

What can you do to help?

The Newfoundland Pony Society has taken a firm stand against APA inclusion in order to uphold protecting and preserving the pony in its established form. We need the public to help us help the pony. The NPS is asking the public to voice their concerns to Natural Resources Minister, Derrick Dalley at or 709.729.2020. Please consider becoming a member of the NPS. Application forms are available on the NPS website at

Media Contact:
Libby Carew
Newfoundland Pony Society (Volunteer)