The Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society

President's Report - April 2022

As from 1st January 2022 all foals registered with the SPS-BS must have a DNA profile of the sire completed.   Stallions that have already been through either the Voluntary Vetting Examination or previous SPS-BS Stallion Scheme will already have this in place. As a Charity we are obliged to ensure our registered ponies are a pure breed.  The Society recommends that members put their colts through the Voluntary Vetting Examination (VVE). This is done to ensure stallions are free from any hereditary conditions.  Should you buy a mare in foal please check that the sire has a DNA profile.
As of 1st January 2023 there will be an increase in the registration fees for foals sired by colts that have not been successfully through the Voluntary Veterinary Examination, colt foal registrations will be £140 and filly foal registrations will be £180.
User Guide and intro video
Please find attached the revised ‘User Guide’ for the new iteration of the system and a link to a five minute ‘introduction to the Grassroots Online’ video which can be found at
click on ‘online intro video’ and click on ‘play’


The 2022 Breed Show will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on Sunday 28th August 2022 at the Royal Welsh Show Ground, Builth Wells, Wales.


Members may be aware that there have been some delays with the processing of DNA samples recently.   We have been reassured that Weatherbys have increased resources to deal with the backlog and have put in place measures to prevent this from happening again.  Weatherbys aim for a 15 working day turnaround for samples, which they hope to be back to very soon, but are currently operating on a 25 working day turnaround so I would advise anyone requiring DNA information to do it in plenty of time.

The 2023 Breed Show will be held at the Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord in the north of Scotland.


The SPS-BS officially recognised Sales for 2022 are:- 

Lerwick - Friday 7th October

Aberdeen - Monday 10th October

Worcester - Tuesday 18th October

The only Shetland Pony Sales that are endorsed by the SPS-BS



2022 Council Meeting Dates:- 

Friday 21st October


Breed Show 2022 Breed Show 2022

Sunday 28th August 2022

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