FPSNA Award Programs and Sponsored Competitions.
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FPSNA is pleased to offer our annual Performance Premium and Awards Program, designed to encourage participation by our members and their Fell ponies throughout a wide range of activities all across North America. The program is mirrored primarily after the Fell Pony Society (UK) Performance Premium Awards Scheme, and also after the US Equestrian Foundation’s Horse of The Year Awards, as well as incorporating features of our original (and hereby replaced) Pony Points Program. Given the vast size of North America, it is very difficult for rare Fell ponies that are scattered across the continent to get together in sufficient numbers for any meaningful Fell Pony championships. This program will thus allow members to compete locally, while at the same time providing a practical means of participation in North American Fell Pony Championships (through our Fell Pony of the Year Awards.) We hope that our new awards program will continue to help promote the Fell Pony in North America, and also encourage our members to find more opportunities to go out and have fun with their ponies!
The Program has two main Sections: Performance Premium Section and Handy Pony Section. The Performance Premium Section includes the following divisions: Ridden (other than dressage), In-Hand, Dressage, Driving, and Stallion/Mare Progeny Performance. The Handy Pony Section is for nonjudged activities and includes Ambassador Pony and Working Pony Divisions. Special Awards are also given to the breeder and owner of both the High Point Performance Fell Pony as well as the High Point Handy Pony that are Born in North America. (These are awarded to the ponies (born in North America) earning the highest total number of points in the Performance Section (including any division or combination of divisions.) or Handy Pony Section, respectively.)
The program year runs from November 1 of the preceding calendar year until October 30 annually, and FPSNA membership is required to participate in this program. There is also an annual participation/enrollment fee of $15/pony to help us cover program costs. Points may only be earned after membershiip and participation fees are paid and pony is enrolled for the current program year(s). Note also that program divisions that are offered may be adjusted and/or expanded in future competition years, such as possible adjustment for professional vs. amateur status, depending upon member interest and participation.
For more information and rules regarding the program, please click here. Feel free to contact awards(at)fpsna.org for other questions regarding this program.
Designed to recognize the accomplishments of registered Fell Ponies both in dressage and in-hand competitions sanctioned by USEF/USDF.
These Special Awards for Fell Ponies are sponsored by the Fell Pony Society of America, Inc., a USDF Participating Organization.
All-Breeds Awards Offered to Qualifying Fell Ponies:
For a news story regarding Fell Ponies competing in dressage and the FPSNA All-Breeds Program, click here.
For Fell Pony owners and competitors seeking additional program information and list of all requirements, please click here. Note that participants must be members of FPSNA, and there is also an annual pony particpation/enrollment fee of $20/pony to help us cover program costs. Ponies must be "declared" with USDF to be competing with FPSNA no later than August 1 of the current competition year. For renewing FPSNA members with previously declared ponies, membership and participation/enrollment fees must be paid by March 1 of the current competition year in order to be eligible. For new FPSNA members, or for renewing FPSNA members with previously undeclared ponies, the deadline for enrollment is August 1. (August 1 is also USDF's deadline for declaring a pony.) Feel free to contact awards(at)fpsna.org if you have further questions about this program!
"To be awarded internationally to a single or multiple turnout of registered Fell ponies, for achievement in Driving"
Notice from the Fell Pony Society (UK): "The Fell Pony Society Council is thrilled to inform all 'whips' internationally of a new award presented by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. There will be 25 Edinburgh Prizes, one to be awarded each year from 2014 onward.
For 2014 only, the Council would like to invite any Members of the Fell Pony Society, or FPS-recognized FPS Overseas Branches, who drive a registered Fell pony or ponies, to submit all their achievements for 2014, with a relevant photograph, to the Secretary by January 5th 2015. The driving members of the Council will then decide whom shall be the initial winner of this Prize. The Prize will be presented at the 2015 Annual General Meeting.
For 2015 onwards, all participating members will have to complete a form over the year, similar to the Performance Awards form, with relevant signatures confirming their achievements.
All ponies must be registered Fell Ponies and the owner or the driver must be a member of The Fell Pony Society, the Netherlands Fell Pony Society, or a member of an FPS-recognized Overseas Branch (including Fell Pony Society of North America, Inc.)."
For more information, contact the Fell Pony Society (UK).
We are very grateful for His Royal Highness' wonderful support for the Fell Pony breed! Again the deadline for 2014 entries is JANUARY 5, 2015. Good luck to all competitors!