Performance and Grading
NEW FOREST PONY ELITE SCHEME
Points are gained by being in the first three places in chosen classes at selected shows, the owner of the pony need not enter their pony for the Scheme, the results are collected from the Show Secretaries by the Society and entered on to our database. These classes will normally be In hand and Ridden New Forest and Mountain and Moorland, including WHP, points will also be given to ponies who qualify for some of the Mountain and Moorland Championships at any show in the country. Ponies winning at these Championships will get points accordingly.
Points will also be gained for British Dressage Society, BSJA points and Affilated Eventing, it is hoped to widen this to include British Driving Society events.
The amount of points won per class depends on the 'difficulty' of winning that class, without doubt the Annual Breed Show is the hardest place to score a win, because the very best ponies are in attendance. Therefore winning an Open Ridden Class at the Breed Show will earn more points than an in-hand win at the Royal Bath and West or Royal Shows. The selected shows have been chosen for their geographical location as it was felt to be important to give owners who live away from the New Forest area as many opportunities to earn points as those living more locally, and for their high standard of ponies shown.
FOREST RUN GRADING AWARDS
ASH, BEECH AND OAK GRADES – THE HIGHER LEVEL PROGENY GRADES FOR GRADED FOREST MARES
The Ash, Beech and Oak grades are the next development in our Elite Grading Scheme and are for Graded Forest-Run Mares. We have been aware for some time that the Forest-run mares, with just a few exceptions, find it extremely difficult to meet the stringent criteria that has been set for the Mare Progeny Silver and Gold Grades. Firstly, they have fewer foals than the stud brood mares. Secondly, their colt foals are sold at Beaulieu Road and scattered to all parts of the country and although many of them go on to achieve at the highest level in multiple disciplines, these are often outside the catchment area of our elite points scheme. Finally, their filly foals are retained on the Forest as breeding replacements, and so are rarely shown.
However, many of these daughters are as successful in the Forest Fed Competition as their dams, and many of them are graded. In fact, we are now seeing a third generation of graded grand-daughters. These mares represent the very best lines in our foundation stock and they are worthy of recognition, and this can now be achieved through the awarding of the Ash, Beech and Oak Grades.
The Ash Grade is the first level, and is based on a minimum of two Forest-bred progeny who have scored elite points. The mares can then move up through the Beech and Oak Grades when their progeny have attained the requisite numbers of elite points. After this they can move across to the Mare Progeny Silver Grade.
To reiterate, this is only for Forest-bred progeny. If a Forest-run mare has stud-bred foals later in her life, then she ‘crosses over’ to the main scheme, but taking her Forest-bred progeny points with her.
We have now drawn up the first list of the Graded Forest-run Mares who have been awarded the Ash and Beech Grades. We have graded over 500 Forest-run mares since 2002, and because it takes so long to get valid data, inevitably some of the mares have now died; however, it is their line that we wish to recognise. More mares that meet the criteria will come to light over the next year as we continue to collate results, so nominations for the next round would be welcome.
Certificates will be awarded at the AGM.
ELITE SCHEME SCORING GROUPS
||WHP, In-hand and Ridden Show qualifiers,
classes and championships.
|Sub-divided into In-Hand, Ridden Show and WHP.|
|Forest Group||Forest Fed, Forest Stallion Show,
Forest Run / Bred classes.
|Sub-divided into Forest Premium winners,
Forest Show classes which include the Forest Stallion Show Classes and Forest classes at the Breed Show.
|Utility||Leading Rein, First Ridden, Weight Carrier,
Family Pony, Point to Point and Colt-Hunters
classes at the Society Shows etc.
|Sub-divided the 'Speed' Group of Point to Point
and Colt Hunters, Driving, plus a mixed Ridden Group.
|Performance||Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Endurance,
and Combined Training.
|Sub-divided into the 4 categories.|
|Grade||Performance Grade Points currently 10 points for
the stallion test, to be extended shortly for the new grades being introduced for all NF ponies.
PARTICIPATING EVENTS AND SHOWS
The Enthusiast Show
Bath & West Forest Pony day
Northern New Forest and Native Pony Annual Elite Show
Three Counties Show
New Forest Show
National Pony Society Summer Championship Show
New Forest Pony Breeding & Cattle Society Show
Winning Qualifiers such as NPS and PUK WHP, Picton, Olympia,
PUK Open and Novice Ridden, more points are accrued for ponies
doing very well in the Finals of the above.
Affiliated Dressage, Eventing, BSJA classes and Dressage
from PUK and the NPS. Elite points are awarded accordingly.
Forest Events such as the Point to Point.