Export/Import of Ponies

Export of Ponies

If you intend to export a pony, please contact your local Ministry office to ensure the correct paperwork is completed. The transporter will be able to advise on the documentation required to travel and enter the relevant country.

Every pony being exported must have a passport and be microchipped.   An International Pony Movement Certificate (IPMC) should be completed, This can be downloaded from the box on the right..  This is an Inter-Society document which must be completed by a vet prior to its return to the Society office.  Your pony's passport should be returned to the Office with the relevant export fee. Please ensure that you leave adequate time for your passport to be returned prior to the pony travelling.

When the IPMC form is received in the office, the relevant paperwork will be sent to the destination Society which eases the registration of the pony in its new country as well as helping the SPSBS to keep track of the movement of ponies.

A record will be included in the list of exported ponies which will be printed in the next Volume of the Stud-Book.

If you are exporting a mare, any stinting details must also be supplied.

If a mare is travelling to another country only to be covered by a stallion, an IPMC is not required but you should obtain an International Stinting Form prior to leaving the country.  This would be completed by the mare and stallion owners and sent to the foreign Society who would check the details and return it to SPSBS. This also applies to any stallion travelling to another country to cover mares.

To Lease a Pony Abroad

Please complete the same paperwork that would be required for a pony sold abroad, but mark it clearly LEASE ONLY.    Again it is helpful if the duration of the lease is advised.   


If you import a pony, the exporting country may or may not use International Pony Movement Certificates. Please check with the vendor what paperwork they have completed in their home country and then contact Shetland House as soon as the pony arrives in the UK.  All ponies coming into the UK must be microchipped.