DPCNA Patron: Denny Emerson
Dales Breed Affiliate EQUUS Survival Trust
Dales Pony Conservancy of North America since 2015: a collaborative, grassroots organization formed from community created among Dales enthusiasts.
We commit to supporting our beloved Dales Ponies through education, fun, sharing, exhibiting and preserving this unique and critically endangered breed through a single registry (Dales Pony Society UK). Our growing discussion community (nearly 800) has rescued ponies, sponsored clinics, shows, events and kicked up our heels at fun days. Focusing on 'getting the ponies out there' and sharing that fun, has welcomed many new Dales fans.
We have also been instrumental, in concert with our DPCNA /DPS- liason secretary, in supporting many new Dales owners in registering these critically endangered ponies with the mother UK Dales Pony Society registry that responsibly keeps an available and interactive database of Dales ponies going back well over a century, This challenge; helping ‘lost’ ponies on our continent join the permanent breed registry, has and will have, an enormous impact on increasing our very small breed numbers here. We are working with EST to create and host an interactive database identifying all the ponies we are aware of in North America, lost and found.
We have a lovely track record of participating at equine showcase events and regional rare breed shows and are eager to expand on that via our regional board of breed enthusiasts who have stepped up to organize, as well as supporting them by creating ‘how to’ guides and materials subsidized by DPCNA.
If there is one thing that climate change and pandemic have taught us, it is the need to be prepared. DPCNA is creating a Dales Pony Legacy Database matching Dales pony owners who may need crisis support with DPCNA members who can offer crisis stabling care, support and possible assistance in rehoming in the event of need; with the goal of keeping these precious ponies ‘in the system’ so that we never ‘lose’ another one to the breed. Too often we have folks come to us with an auction pony to ask, Is this a Dales? but we have no record other than DNA to ascertain if it is. IF the DNA is in an accessible database, we can match. If the dam or sire is not, we can’t but we may be able to locate those ponies and start bringing them all to the DPS Registry. We have rescued ponies from Canada and the US with member support. Sadly, we are also aware of those lost track of as well as those not registered and still breeding due to lack of knowledge and financial support.
Dales ponies are known as the ‘Great Allrounder’ and we celebrate that for exactly what it is: an easy keeping, hearty, kind, intelligent and versatile pony who can put a hoof to all endeavors, but is to each of us, a being of great heart and depth. DPCNA is committed to supporting breeders who keep their focus on the variety of different sorts who we call Dales ponies, and avoid the ‘Americanization’ of native breeds by selectively breeding as ‘sport’ ponies. Hairy, healthy, cheeky, and that all important nine inches of bone; this is a breed to preserve as it has been and not one to fashion for pursuit. Some ponies will excel at a specific discipline that all can participate in, but all Dales ponies should be lovely mounts able to take us out for a day’s trot trek; happily, safely and joyfully.
Our DPCNA Website is being revamped by our board volunteers to better support education and news of our Dales World. We offer stud and farm listings inclusive of general annual membership and for sale listings and links. Contribute your news!
DPCNA is honored to be the North American Dales breed affiliate of the Equus Survival Trust, an educational non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the traditional traits and the genetic diversity and purity of historical equine breeds (horses, ponies and donkeys) threatened with extinction.
We are honored to have the great Olympian, trainer, author and Dales fan Denny Emerson as our DPCNA Patron. Denny hosted our 2018 Dalesganza 3 day clinic and fun show in 2018 at his Vermont Tamarack Farm and strongly encouraged us to formalize our organization. Here we are!
Join with us as we expand regionally and nationally to embrace Dales fans across our vast continent hope for a future where knowledge and education along with sensible breeding and good fun, help us to support the traditional Dales pony on our side of the pond. We are a collaborative organization welcoming all hands to help.
We offer Community, Fun, Education, Connection, Support, Action and shared passion for the breed. Your membership entitles you to everything we have to offer and comes with an annual token of our appreciation. DPCNA merchandise will soon be available on our website. Many of us proudly wear our caps, tees, hoodies, and sport DPCNA sticker and bumper banners on our cars, trucks and trailers.
As an EQUUS Survival Trust affiliate we can accept grants and donations made directly through EST as a non-profit for your tax savings.
Memberships are made directly to DPCNA and are not tax-deductible.
What can you offer? What is your passion with these ponies? What are your skills with organizing? Ready to join a regional group? Contribute to our newsletter? Host a Fun Day? Share an experience?
Let us know!
Most Sincerely and with best wishes,
Dales Pony Conservancy 2022 Board
Co-Chairs: Rebecca Fawley (Michigan) Meg Robbins (Massachusetts)
DPCNA/DPS Liason: Catherine York (Florida)
Secretaries Sheila Enochs (Maine) Shuna Cerrato (Washington)
Treasurer: Jennifer Langguth (Indiana)
Website: Shuna Cerrato (WA) and Holly Saglibene-Tauber (New York)
General Board/ Regional Coordinators
Northeast: Sheila Enochs (Maine) Sara Isham (Vermont) Anja Stadelman and Mary Stadelman (New Hampshire) Meg Robbins (MA) Mackenzie Covert (NY)
Southeast: Catherine York (Florida) Jennifer Cash (Florida)
Northwest: Shuna Cerrato (WA)
Midwest: Rebecca Fawley (Michigan) Jennifer Hedrick (Illinois), Jennifer Langguth (Indiana), Michelle Harper (western PA)
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Arabella puts a hoof to it all
Growing a membership is key to being a viable organization. Please support our work together with your $25 annual PayPal friends and family membership and we will include you as an active part of building DPCNA along with a token of our gratitude. Our resources are available to all.