Herd Numbers

Herd Numbers

2011: 335 mares and 51 stallions

41 filly foals & 18 colt foals registered in 2011

2010: 328 Mares, 49 Stallions

39 filly foals & 26 colt foals registered in 2010

2009: 276 Mares, 120 colts

36 class 1 Stallions, representing 16 different lines

21 filly foals & 33 colt foals registered in 2009

2008: 127 Class 1 Mares (47 derogation), 2 Class 2 Mares, 7 Class 3 Mares

23 Class 1 Stallions representing 10 different lines

31 filly foals and 8 colt foals registered in 2007

2007: 25 Registrations, 15 Derogation, 40 Foals2006: 4 Black Passports, 28 Derogation, 22 Foals2005: 53 Black Passports, 18 Derogation, 26 Foals

Steady progress is being made regarding herd numbers. In the first year, 2005, most of the ponies inspected were in possession of the black identification documents known as "black passports". Every effort was made to ensure that these ponies were incorporated into the official register.

The Department of Agriculture granted a Derogation to the Kerry Bog Pony Society until 2009 to accept ponies into the studbook based on type. This continues the process begun by John Mulvihill and Tim Clifford in 1992 by which the foundation stock of the breed were selected. In the first year 18 derogation ponies were accepted. This process will gradually reduce as registrations increase from within the registered herd.

In 2006 only 4 "black passport" ponies came forward. There were 28 derogation ponies. The Management Committee of the KBPS had talks with the Department of Agriculture regarding the Derogation. It was decided, on balance, to keep the Derogation as it was a benefit to the Society granted by the DAFM in conjunction with the EU authorities, but to ask the Inspectors to be stricter regarding type in future years.

In 2007 there were 25 registrations from within the existing herd and fifteen derogation ponies were approved.

The most heartening part of our progress in the early days was the number of foals being registered - 26 in 2005, 22 in 2006 and 40 in 2007. In recent years we have seen a drop off in numbers being registered despite encouragements from REPS and AEOS. This is a worrying trend as we need animals to be registered in order to sustain the breeding herd and prevent numbers slipping once more.

One slightly disturbing fact is the lack of registration of geldings. Breeders seem to think that it is a waste of money to register geldings as there is not a great demand for these ponies. The geldings should be our best advertisement. They can be sold abroad without depleting the gene pool and their presence in the competition ring will publicise the breed in a very positive way. The Society proposes to address this problem by organising seminars which will give guidelines to owners and breeders to increase the value of their ponies by appropriate training.


To register an animal which was part of the original foundation stock or is a descendant of two original foundation stock animals.

 (a)      A DNA kit is obtained by the applicant from Weatherbys on receipt of relevant fee for parentage testing and correct registration fees.

(b)      A Kerry Bog Pony marking chart is obtained by the applicant from HSI.

(c)      Animal must be marked by applicants’ vet to ensure that there is a current marking sheet (i.e. markings taken during previous 6 months).  The vet will take a DNA sample and insert a HSI microchip (if there is not already one inserted).

(d)      The vet sends DNA sample to Weatherbys. Weatherbys send the results back to HSI directly.

(e)      Applicant sends the marking chart (with microchip number recorded) to HSI. HSI checks the DNA result with Weatherbys to ensure that the recent DNA sample matches the original DNA foundation animal on file with Weatherbys. A passport will be issued and sent to the KBPS Registrar.  The Registrar will then check that the pedigree details are recorded correctly, and the correct registration fees are paid (i.e. Member/Non Member), before forwarding the passport to the applicant. If there is a difficulty with the passport, the Registrar will contact the applicant and or HSI as appropriate in writing within five working days and clearly outline the difficulties with the passport application and how the difficulties can be remedied. Where there is no problem with the passport, the Registrar will forward the passport within five working days to the owner.


(a) A hair sample must be taken from the animal when being marked by the vet as outlined above. This hair is used to DNA type the animal against the original foundation stock and/or sire and dam, as appropriate. The DNA results must concur with the original DNA information held on file in Weatherbys, from when the animal was DNA typed as one of the original foundation stock and/or their descendants.  The two DNA results must concur.

(b) Progeny of deceased KBP’s must match stated parent DNA.  Progeny ponies are subject to normal registration and inspection fees.

(c) Animals will be first registered in class 4 of the main studbook. If they are presented for inspection they will be classified in the appropriate class.


For further information please contact Maurice O'Sullivan by email on info@kerrybogpony.ie

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