Joint Measurement Board [JMB] measuring at Fellowes Farm

The Joint Measurement Board (JMB) provides a national scheme for the measurement of the height of horses and ponies for the purpose of description and classification of such horses and ponies for competition.

Fellowes Farm Equine Clinic have been on the panel of official measurers of the Joint Measurement Board [JMB] for over 25 years. We can provide both Full and Annual Height Certificates for horses and ponies for competition purposes.

We have a quiet, secluded, purpose built bespoke measuring pad which allows horses and ponies coming to the clinic for official measurement to become relaxed and settled before measurement.

An appointment can be made for measurement on most weekdays by prior arrangement; please call Fellowes Farm on 01487 773333 to make an appointment for measurement.

The horse or pony’s passport and any previous JMB certificate must be available at the time of measurement, so please ensure that they accompany the horse on the day; the measurement cannot go ahead without them.

All horse or ponies that are measured need to have a microchip, if your horse or pony does not have an existing microchip, then we can microchip them immediately after the measurement, for which an additional fee applies (the JMB cannot issue a certificate until this has occurred).

Key Features of the Scheme

  • Measurements must be carried out by Official Measurers on registered measuring pads with shoes removed.
  • Animals cannot be measured until they are four years of age. Annual Certificates are issued to animals aged four, five and six years old, or to any animal over seven which is being measured for the first time.
  • All horses and ponies must have at least one Annual Certificate before they can have a Full Certificate.
  • Animals aged 4, 5 and 6 years can only have Annual Certificates that expire on the 31 December of the year of issue.
  • Animals aged 7 years or more can have a Gold Certificate, without first having an Annual Certificate, which is immune to objection and re-measurement except by order of the JMB Stewards (for information about the Gold Certificate please contact the Joint Measurement Board directly – see below for details).
  • Measurements can be done at any time of the year but Annual Certificates will expire on the 31st of December following the date of the last measurement.
  • All animals must have a readable microchip before a measurement certificate is issued
  • Consecutive measurements must be done by a different measurer from that who did the measurement the year before. 
  • Full Certificates will be issued to horses and ponies seven years and over, provided that they have held an Annual Certificate. The Official Measurer for a Full Certificate must be from a different practice from that to which the Official Measurer who performed the last Annual Measurement belonged.
  • The fee for a measurement and issue of an Annual or Full Certificate is currently £83.00 [although this is reviewed annually], which has to be paid at the time of measurement by cheque made payable to JMB Ltd. Our veterinary and nursing staff will advise you on payment options whilst you are with us at Fellowes Farm.
  • A re-measurement procedure can be use to settle doubts about accuracy

For further information, please contact the Joint Measurement Board

The Joint Measurement Board Ltd

PO Box 396



Tel: 01981 510201




Preparing the Horse or Pony for Measurement – a guide for Owners and Handlers

(reproduced by kind permission of the Joint Measurement Board)


In accordance with the Rule Book of the Joint Measurement Board (Preparation and Venue for measurement, 34.2)” It is the responsibility of the Owner, and in his or her interests, to ensure that the animal is well handled, accustomed to the measuring stick and correctly prepared for measurement.”

This guide aims to assist owners and handlers to achieve an accurate measurement, based on the careful education and preparation of the horse or pony (hereinafter ‘the animal’)

  • You are advised to study the current JMB Rule Book, in particular items 33, 34 and 35 which refer to the Measurement Procedure.
  • As it is necessary to travel to the approved Measuring Pad, give the animal travelling practice, so that it will arrive calmly at the destination.
  • As a matter of course, the animal should already be trained to stand still and squarely, wearing a headcollar and lead rope only, with the minimum of fidgeting.
  • For the purpose of accurate measurement, the animal should be further trained to place its front feet in line, and its hind feet no more than 15cm (6 inches) out of line with each other.
  • It must learn to relax and to lower its head to a natural position for many minutes and it must learn to allow a stranger to move quietly around it, with the minimum of fuss.
  • The animal must be presented in good condition, not far from the condition it is in when shown, show-jumped or raced, with no signs of distress or dehydration.  The Official Measurer or Referees may offer the animal water to drink before or after the measurement takes place.
  • During the measuring process, the handler will be positioned in front of the animal and will stand calmly and quietly.
  • It is not recommended to feed the animal titbits or to fuss it; experience has shown these makes the animal more fidgety and is counterproductive to achieving a still, calm persona.
  • In addition to travelling practice, it is wise to have accustomed the animal to strange surroundings (i.e. indoor premises other than its own familiar stable).

Finally, you are advised to leave plenty of time for the journey, so that both you and your animal arrive and allow the horse time to relax before measurement.