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A Brief History of the Society
 

 
In 1890, the Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society was formed with one of its main objects being "to maintain unimpaired the purity of the breed of Shetland ponies and to promote the breeding of these ponies". The maximum height limit was set at 42" (107cms.) so that the Shetland pony would not have to compete with the Welsh pony in the market for ponies to work in coal mines. The first stud book was published in 1891 and recorded details of 408 mares, many with foals, and 48 stallions.
In 1991, the Society became a private limited company thereby fulfilling the requirements of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) for recognition as the mother Society for registered Shetland ponies. The Society heads the International Shetland Pony Committee, formed between 1992 and 1999, during which time twelve daughter Societies from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland were accepte d as members.

The mother Society sets the breed standard and International Veterinary standards have been laid down for the licensing of stallions in an effort to ensure regularity of assessment. Societies based in Europe must also comply with EU Directives - of which there are many!
  The Society issues passports for registered Shetland ponies, a requirement for all U.K. equines. Details can be found on thePassports page. All registrations are processed by the office in Perth, as are membership applications and subscriptions. The Society runs various schemes to encourage the Junior Members  to exhibit.
Official Society sales of ponies are held in various locations in the UK each Spring and Autumn with buyers coming from all over the world to purchase ponies bred in the mother country.
 
The Society has two Exhibition Units, one in Scotland and one in England. They attend the major shows and pedigree Shetland pony sales in the U.K. Members and non-members are always welcome to come and enquire about  Shetland ponies, registration procedures or purchase from the range of Shetland pony items available for sale. These items are also available from the Society office in Perth, details on the Society Shop .
 
A number of Shetland pony Groups have been formed throughout the U. K. These Groups hold annual Group Shows in the different regions along with a variety of local events.

SOCIETY PATRON
 
John H. Scott, Lord Lieutenant of Shetland
was married to Wendy Ronald in 1965 and
together they have a son, a daughter and
grand-children. John farmed at Bressay and
Noss until 2000 when he retired. The farm
held the Londonderry Stud from 1873-1899
but there are no Shetland ponies there now.
John inherited the Garth Estate with lands
in Bressay and Unst.
 
In 1976, John became the President of
Shetland NFU and the first Chairman of
Wool Growers of Shetland Ltd, a co-operative,
and Shetland FWAG (Farming and Wildlife
Advisory Group).
 
John has also served on the Nature
Conservancy Committee for Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage and is currently
involved in the Belmont Trust restoring, with Historic Scotland, Belmont House in
Unst.
Johnís hobbies include climbing hills and mountains and, along with his wife, visiting
archaeological sites.