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 http://www.bbc.com/travel/gallery/20170327-the-little-pony-that-built-newfoundland

New Developments:

Committees:

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 secretary@newfoundlandpony.com.

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 registrar@newfoundlandpony.com. 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 newfoundlandpony.com 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 newfoundlandpony.com 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 membership@newfoundlandpony.com. 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 registrar@newfoundlandpony.com. 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

President