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Studbook Office: The Last House, Keysoe Row West, Keysoe, Bedfordshire MK44 2JJ

Tel: 07703 566066    Email: 

Normal office hours - Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm

Note that the SPSS Office relocated in April 2014 and the contact details at the top of the page should now be used for all contact with the SPSS
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2018 NEWS






£25 off 2018 foal passports where the paperwork and payment are received at the Studbook Office by 1st November 2018

*  2018 AGM

*  SPSS 2018 Grading & Evaluation Tour

2018 Young Dressage Pony Championships

2018 Foal Passport Offer

*  2017 SPSS Dancer Medal for RFS Socrates

*  SPSS 2017 AGM Minutes and New Rule Book

*  2017 Pony Performance & Breeding Award

*  Top results for SPSS Ponies at Awards Dinner

*  Happy New Year and Thank You

*  Scottish Sport Horse Pony Passports

*  Guidance on Obtaining a Passport



To catch up with other year's news, click on the year below:




The SPSS will again be reporting from the Pony European Championships - which are being held from 7-12 August at Bishop Burton College, Humberside, UK

Click here for event website



2018 SPSS AGM Announcement


SPSS members are invited to attend the 2018 AGM.  It is being held at the Premier Inn at Bristol Cribbs Causeway BS10 7TQ on Saturday 10th November 2018 at 11am.  The meeting room will be open from 10.30am and there will be hot drinks and cake for attendees. 


We also be celebrating success when we will present the rosettes and sashes to the top mares, stallions and youngstock that we have assessed in 2018 - so put the date in your diaries now!


The formal notice of the meeting was included with the August 2018 Newsletter and mailed to all members with the British Breeders magazine.  The Notice of Annual General Meeting may also be downloaded here

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SPSS 2018 Grading & Evaluation Tour


In 2016 & 2017 we conducted hugely successful Mare Grading & Youngstock Evaluation Tours and we are delighted to announce that we will be doing another tour this year.

There will be Stallion & Mare Grading, Mare Performance Testing & Youngstock Evaluations at ALL venues


Monday 3rd September (1pm – 4pm)

Sidewood Dressage, Sidewood Farm, Forth, Scotland ML11 8ET


Tuesday 4th September (9am – 4pm)

Leamside EC, Leamside, Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne & Wear DH4 6QJ


Wednesday 5th September (9am – 4pm)

Wellow Equestrian, The Old Rectory, Kirton, Newark, Notts NG22 9LP


Thursday 6th September (9am – 4pm)

Kings EC, Sturts Farm, Winslow, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4SR


Friday 7th September (9am – 4pm)

Catherston Stud, Croft Farm, Over Wallop, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 8HX


Open to sports ponies and small horses up to 158cm


If you have any questions or queries, please call Philippa at the SPSS Studbook Office on 07703 566066


Spectators welcome at all SPSS events – Free Entry



2018 Young Dressage Pony Championships


Back again in 2018 and being run by British Dressage  - check their website and Rule Book (Rules 69 & 70) for latest info but as at 07/02/18 the qualifiers are:


Keysoe Bedfordshire 27-29 Apr
Manor Grange West Yorkshire 5 May
Wellington Hampshire 9 Jun
Rockrose East Lothian 16 Jun
Kingswood Staffordshire 19 Jun
Sheepgate Lincs 1 Jul
Championship Hartpury Festival of Dressage 4-8 Jul


There are separate sections for 4, 5 and 6 year old ponies (who must not exceed 149cm). Ponies will be seen in pairs at the qualifiers and will ride a commanded test (contact BD to get a copy).  Then the top 6 ponies will return to the arena for final judging (where previous marks are disregarded).  The top 3 ponies (provided they score 7.0 or more) will qualify for the final (qualification will pass down the line if any of the top 3 are already qualified) where they will be judged on their performance in a test (the 2018 BD National 4/5/6 year old tests). 

Riders are eligible from the beginning of the year of their 12th birthday  provided that they are of an appropriate height and/ or weight for the pony


At the Championships, for each of the age classes, the SPSS will present special rosettes to the highest scoring SPSS registered (so SPSS passported or overstamped) pony and to the highest scoring British passported pony.


Past winners of these classes have gone on to win Team Silver & Individual Bronze medals at the Pony European Championships (Der Kleine Lord ridden by Alexandra Hellings) and be 2015 BD National Medium Restricted Champions (Cruz ridden by Jayne Turney).  Cruz and many of the other past finalists have gone on to compete internationally - including LE Chiffre who was part of the 2016 GB team at the Pony Euros. 

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2017 BD Young Dressage Pony

Top Scoring Pony and

5 year old Champion - SPSS graded Woodlander Sir Gorgeous


2018 Foal Passport Offer


We are delighted to be supporting British sports pony breeders in their breeding operations by offering a £25 discount from the passport application fee for 2018 foal passports applied for by 1st November 2018.


So if you're breeding sports ponies, plan ahead to take advantage of our offer and passport with the only UK society whose primary focus is the breeding, production, evaluation & licensing of competition ponies for FEI disciplines.



British passports for British ponies!

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Photo by kind permission of Qorum Photos

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2017 SPSS Dancer Medal for RFS Scrates


The SPSS is delighted to announce that British-bred and SPSS ELITE graded RFS Socrates has been awarded the coveted SPSS Dancer Medal for 2017.


The Dancer Medal is given annually by the SPSS to a worthy pony and it was awarded to RFS Socrates in recognition of his being the youngest pony competing at the 2017 Pony European Championships. Socrates was ridden by 15 year old Leah Murphy (IRL) and they were both in their first year of international competition.


Socrates was the sole British-bred representative in the Dressage Championship and was bred in Nottinghamshire by his owner Jo Wright of Rufford Stud. Jo made a last minute decision to travel to Hungary to support Leah and Socrates in person, arriving just in time for his first test. Afterwards Jo commented “It was definitely worth traveling that far to be there. Socrates coped with the atmosphere really well, especially considering he’s only seven years old. Leah has worked so hard, I’m excited to watch them develop further for next year.”


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2017 SPSS AGM Minutes and New Rule Book


The 2017 SPSS AGM was held on Saturday 16th December 2017 at the Tigworth Premier Inn, near Gloucester. All resolutions were passed, including revisions to the Rule Book.


The 2017 AGM Minutes (including associated documents) may be viewed/download here and the new 2018 SPSS Rule Book can be downloaded from here or can be sent by email or post (contact the Studbook Office to request).



2017 Pony Performance & Breeding Award


At the 2018 Breeders Dinner & Awards Ceremony (organised by the British Horse Foundation), the SPSS sponsored Pony Performance & Breeding Award was presented to SPSS passported and Elite Graded Littledale Bright Star (Catherston Nightsafe x Burstye Trajan) who was British-bred by Mrs Littledale & Miss Adams and is owned by Jennie Loriston-Clarke of Catherston Stud.


The award was given to Littledale Bright Star in recognition of his being the having sired a pony or horse competing in each of FEI Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing international competitions.  Littledale Bright Star’s SPSS passported son, Beaurepaire Frodo (x Florencio I) made it a “full house” in the Olympic disciplines for Littledale Bright Star when he competed in the 2017 Keysoe CDIP (pictured on right). Another SPSS passported son, Catherston Bit of Gold (x Catherston Gold Eagle), had been clear in the 1.25m class at the 2015 Keysoe 2* International Showjumping (CSI) competition and Prairie Star (x O Malley), completed the 2* International 3 Day Event at Hartpury in 2012.


The award was collected on Littledale Bright Star's behalf by long-time owner, Jennie Loriston-Clarke (left), and one of his breeders, Philly Adams (centre),  from SPSS Director Jacqueline Vincent at the 2018 British Breeders Dinner.


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Photo by kind permission of Craig Payne


Photo by kind permission of Kevin Sparrow




Lots of awards on the SPSS table at the 2018 Breeders Dinner!

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Top results for SPSS Breeders at Awards Dinner


At the 2018 British Breeders Awards Dinner, once again SPSS members achieved a “clean sweep” of Sports Pony BEF Certificates of Merit.  


Impressive certificates and rosettes went to (SPSS graded Sires/Dams are shown in bold):  

  • Jemma Colborne's Britannia’s Royal Blue (s: Britannia’s Mail d: Rudgeway Royal Occasion), the top scoring Sports Pony Foal

  • Rachel Ablett's Dance of Destiny (s: Dance of Joy d: Reitland’s Helina S), the top scoring Sports Pony Yearling

  • Penny Walster's Bathleyhills Bathleyhills Swift Farouche (s: Woodlander Wild Child d: Bathleyhills Sea Swift), the top scoring Sports Pony 2 year old.  Swift Farouche also graded into the SPSS Head Studbook in 2017.

  • Roisin Close's RSC The Ogopogo (s: Ceulan Calon Lan d: Fabienne. Breeder), the top scoring Sports Pony 3 year old.  "Pogo" also successfully licensed as a stallion with the SPSS in 2017.

Our congratulations to all our breeder members, not just those listed above as successful in the futurity series, but also those whose progeny gained SPSS Premiums in our own evaluations. 


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Happy New Year and Thank you


Just to wish all our members and supporters a very happy and successful 2018 and thank you for continuing to support the SPSS. 2017 was another fantastic year for the Studbook with once again significant increases in the number of passports issued as well as the number of registrations (ie overstamping of other societies’ passports). This means that since the current Studbook Manager took over in April 2014 and re-invigorated the Studbook, the previous trend of decreasing numbers has been reversed and the Studbook is once again building on the effort put in by those who started it and consolidating it’s position as the only UK studbook specialising in the identification, grading and registration of ponies with sporting potential.


In 2017 we conducted another hugely successful Mare Grading & Youngstock Evaluation Tour and we are delighted to announce that we will be doing another tour this year. The 2018 Tour venues can be found here.


You can read more about the SPSS’s 2017 activities in our 2018 Stallion Guide - whoch is being produced in time for the first of the big Stallion Parades in mid Fabruary.  It will then be mailed to all current members - if you want to join or renew your membership then the relevant form can be found on our Membership page



Scottish Sport Horse Pony Passports


Following the closure of the Scottish Sport Horse (SSH) Studbook, the SPSS is very pleased to announce that, in collaboration with Sport Horse Breeding of Great Britain (SHB(GB)), we are able to assist with any queries relating to ponies passported, graded or registered by SSH, as ponies do not fall under the remit of Sport Horse Breeding (GB) who have taken over the business of SSH.


As such we will happily accept SSH graded ponies into the relevant section of our studbook and can deal with ownership / detail changes for any SSH passported ponies.


We are also very happy to issue passports for foals by SSH graded pony stallions or out of SSH graded pony mares.


Please contact our Studbook Office via  or 07703 566066 if you have SSH ponies or wish to discuss this situation further.

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Guidance on Obtaining a Passport


The Information/FAQ and Passports pages contain guidance about how to get a passport for your foal - PLEASE READ before submitting a passport application as it will help the SPSS Studbook Office process your passport quickly and mean that you won't have to get your vet out again to complete missing paperwork/DNA/ID chip.


Note that, with effect from 1st March 2016, DNA parentage verification will be required before an SPSS passport can be issued for ALL LATE APPLICATIONS and/or where the vet completing the Identification Form section (pages 4 & 5) of the Passport Application Form is not able to carry out foal ID whilst on its genetic dam eg foal has already been weaned or is an ET foal seen with the recipient mare.


The cost of a passport with the pedigree verified by DNA parentage testing is a minimum of £40 more than the standard fee. The total cost depends on if DNA profiles exist and can be accessed by the SPSS for both sire and dam. If not, then it will be a further £55 for each parent that has to have a DNA profile done (and a DNA hair sample will be required for this unless one is already held by the SPSS). Please contact the Studbook Secretary on 0703 566066 or by email to establish the cost for each application.


SPSS passports issued from 1st January 2016 are fully compliant with the latest EU Equine Identification law and DEFRA Minimum Standards.  The SPSS operates the Studbook to the same standards as expected of a World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses (WPFSH) member - but cannot become a member as our focus is on the breeding of Sports Ponies not horses!

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