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.

Some Highlights

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:  president@newfoundlandpony.com.

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.

Membership Renewal

– 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:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-newfoundland-pony-society/

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