Still time to buy our book

‘All in a Dales work’

details on how to obtain your copy on this website


Our book is also for sale in The Bowes Museum shop and on their webshop online

both the museum and the DPS benefit from every sale

our thanks go to The Bowes Museum for their support in allowing us to sell the book there.

The Bowes Museum is a magnificent place and well worth a visit

Our book in the shop window display at the museum


Also from the DPS Centenary week in 2016

H&H centenary pres ride BC

Crowds line the main street in Barnard Castle to greet 60+ Dales ponies riding through on the DPS Centenary ride on 30th July.

A historic occasion and celebration of this wonderful breed.

Leading the riders are Jo Ashby the DPS secretary and Charlie Parker on his bay roan gelding Roandale Rock aka Rocky

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above; Somebody was enjoying himself!

Below Roandale Rock in the driving class at the summer breed show

Rocky driven summer show 16

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Both Roandale Rock & his daughter Meg Merrilees had a busy Centenary week. Above both Meg and Rocky at Nenthead mine  gala day. Above that is Charlie with Rocky at Killhope mine part of the DPS Centenary celebrations, below Centenary Trotting race

Rocky & Rebecca trot raceRocky Charlie Rebecca trot race

The two photo’s above are Rocky taking part in the Centenary Dales pony Trotting race at Wolsingham show on 4th Sept.

 Rocky trotting in fine style! well ridden by Rebecca Rawlinson

Jockey Rebecca Rawlinson (who had never even so much as sat on Rocky before that race) and Charlie, both very proud to come in 2nd.

Then Rocky’s next job!


Charlie and Rocky gave a working demonstration on Streatlam showground as part of the Centenary weeks events, demonstrating both chain harrowing and timber snigging. Charlie has been a forester for over 40 years and a professional horse-logger for over 25 years so has a lot of experience and knowledge to pass on. The feed back he received showed those watching had enjoyed the opportunity to see an experienced handler and pony at work.

Roandale Rock is definitely a pony for any job!

A lovely surprise comes our way……..


Roandale Rock aka Rocky to his chums has been given this beautiful engraved wooden plaque by some DPS members as they thought he had been a marvellous ambassador for the Dales pony breed this Centenary year having taken taken part in many events and disciplines. We are truly overwhelmed by your kindness and can only say thank you so much, it will have pride of place in our home and remind us of a wonderful year.


The plaque together with a lovely canvas print supplied by Kevin Owens (DigitalWorks  have pride of place in our home, thanks Kevin for all the trouble you went to, it was a lovely surprise for Charlie.