In addition to the new passport application deadline of 30th November in October we were hit with a surprise change in the terms of our derogation from rules requiring all equines to have passports. At present the new regulations require that ponies can only leave the derogated area with a passport and not, as in the past, with the passport following by post. Thankfully, determined efforts by the Breed Society and Livestock Society and the efficiency of the New Forest jungle drum allowed the December sales to go ahead, by holding a microchipping day in advance.
We’re hoping that this will be sorted out for the 2019 sales, but another microchipping day is being held ahead of the December sales, at Beaulieu Road, at 9.30am on Saturday 24th November. The Verderers Higher Level Stewardship Scheme will refund the chipping costs for foals that are subsequently sold at the December sale.