The Newfoundland Pony – An Important Part of our Heritage
If you have roots in Newfoundland, it is likely that your friends or family members have owned (or currently own) Newfoundland Ponies. This is not surprising because throughout our history, these ponies played a vital role in the day to day lives of many Newfoundlanders. Whether pulling a plough or hauling a load of hay, our ponies were key to our survival. As such, the Newfoundland Pony is part of your heritage. If you’re from another province or even from USA, this pony is also a part of your shared heritage inasmuch as many breeders and owners outside the province own and love this wonderful pony.
Did You Know?
- The Newfoundland Pony is recognized as critically endangered by Rare Breeds Canada, the American Livestock Bred Conservancy, and Equus Survival Trust
- Too few ponies are being born annually to ensure the future of our pony
- The population is divided, which is detrimental to breeding
- The majority of Newfoundland ponies are now living beyond our province in other provinces and along the Eastern Seaboard of the USA
- As recently as 1980, hundreds of our Newfoundland Ponies were being shipped to the mainland and Europe’s meat markets. (In the year 1980 alone, records show that 700 Ponies were shipped out of Newfoundland to meat plants in Quebec.)
The Newfoundland Pony Society’s Mission
The Newfoundland Pony Society was formed to serve and protect the Newfoundland Pony. We are committed to securing the future of our beloved pony. We do this through:
- Identification of existing ponies through DNA analysis,
- Maintaining a database of these identified ponies,
- Protection of existing Newfoundland Ponies,
- Promotion of the Newfoundland Pony as a genetically diverse, yet distinct landrace pony.
You Can Help
As a non-profit and charitable organization, the Newfoundland Pony Society depends heavily on donations. Whether you are a current member, a concerned individual or a representative of a corporation, you can help.
Please make a donation
Donations of all sizes make a difference. Your gift will help support our mission of preserving, protecting and promoting the Newfoundland Pony as a distinct heritage landrace animal and maintaining the registry of Newfoundland ponies worldwide.
Please note that an official income tax receipt will be issued for all donations. As we are a Registered Canadian Charity (# 899 123 053 RR0 001), this donation is tax deductible.
How Do I Make a Donation?
There are 3 convenient ways for you to make a donation:
- Canada Helps:
As a non-profit and charitable organization the Newfoundland Pony Society depends heavily on the generosity of our members, indiviual and corporate supporters and the general public. Their financial support is critical to ensuring that NPS can carry out its mandate of promoting an protecting our beloved pony. We issue tax receipts for all donations, and big or small they all make a difference.