About the Society
The Newfoundland Pony Society was founded in 1979 and was
incorporated in 1981 as a Registered Charity (#899 123 053 RRO 001). The Society
convinced the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that the Newfoundland Pony
was a living part of the province’s cultural history and as such, required legal
protection before there were too few ponies to maintain a healthy population.
This initiative resulted in the Heritage Animals Act being passed on December
19, 1996. The Newfoundland Pony and the Newfoundland Pony Society received their
official designation under this Act September 15, 1997.
The Society’s Objects and Duties under the Act are as follows:
- promote an appreciation for and an awareness of the Newfoundland Pony;
- support and contribute to the preservation and renewal of the Newfoundland
- contribute to the increase and dissemination of knowledge about the
- define the characteristics of the Newfoundland Pony;
- prescribe the method of establishing a breed book for the Newfoundland Pony;
- keep and maintain a registry of Newfoundland Ponies within the province;
- enforce those provisions of this Act and any regulations made under it as
prescribed by the minister; and
- prescribe by-laws for the enforcement of their duties under this section.
The Designation Order specifies:
- A person shall not, without the minister’s consent, remove a Newfoundland
Pony from the province (requires an Export Permit).
The Society’s Constitutional Objectives are as follows:
- To protect and preserve the Newfoundland Pony.
- To identify, select and oversee current breeding stock.
- To provide assistance, as possible, to sanctuaries and recognized groups
which help preserve the Newfoundland Pony.
- To inspect and appraise colts.
- To maintain a registry and encourage registration of qualified stock and
- To supply advisory assistance to breeders and owners.
- To promote interest in the pony and emphasize its value.
- To help, as possible, find adoptive and/or foster homes for displaced or
otherwise needy ponies.
- To propose standards which conform to the pony in its established form and
not change these standards to conform with other ideals which do not relate to
the established pony.
- To serve as the society designated under the Heritage Animals Act
(Newfoundland and Labrador) and to fulfill those objectives identified in that
- To support through co-operation, breeders and owners in their unified effort
to seek incorporation under the Animal Pedigree Act of Canada for the purpose of
attaining breed status (purebred) for the Newfoundland Pony
- To affiliate, when suitable, with other organizations that have similar or
- To promote membership in the Society and the Society itself.
- To publish newsletters, circulars and other promotional or informational
materials that further the objectives of the Society.
- To otherwise promote the interests of the Society and the Newfoundland Pony
in ways agreeable to the membership.
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