About The Highland Pony Society

Patron: Her Majesty the Queen

We are extremely fortunate and privileged to have as our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty has a large working stud of Highland ponies and, during the season, sixteen ponies work over the various beats carrying stags and hinds and panniers for the grouse days. Working Highland ponies also take visitors to enjoy trekking on the estate. The Balmoral Stud goes from strength to strength and has recently been using Ulleam of Croila with their broad-based line of mares.

Other native ponies, Fells and Haflingers (originally from Austria), work amongst the Highlands trekking and stalking bringing the total numbers of ponies at Balmoral to 50.

Aims of The Highland Pony Society

  • To maintain unimpaired the purity of the Highland Pony Breed.
  • To promote the breeding of Highland ponies used for farm work, forestry, riding or driving and for sporting and show purposes.
  • To encourage the use of superior brood mares and good sound stallions.
  • To promote the general interests of the breeders and owners of registered Highland ponies.
  • To encourage the registration of pure-bred stallions, mares and geldings in the Highland Pony Society's Stud Book.