BSHA considers a spring show

By: Horse Deals

BSHA considers  a spring show
Crowded rings at the BSHA championships: members may get more classes

The BSHA is looking at expanding its championships and arranging a new show

British Show Horse Association (BSHA) members should have extra opportunities to compete next year after board members looked at feedback from the championship show at Addington Manor.

They discussed new classes and entertainment for the evening performances. Among some interesting plans are more jumping opportunities, with an additional grass ring, which will be watered if necessary.

Jo Jenkins is working on another BSHA show for the spring. This is aimed tentatively at amateur and home producers, but would include novice classes open to all. She is searching for a suitable date and venue.

Looking for the best in the west

Christmas will certainly come early for the overall winner of the "Strictly Come Showing" championship. Hosted by Mole Valley Farmers, this special event is part of the South West Christmas Equine Fair at the Westpoint Arena, near Exeter, on 5-6 December.

There are two open ridden classes for any type and colour. The first is for under 153cm (judges Moggy Hennessy and Stephanie Hill), while Moggy will join forces with Stewart Stevens to assess the over 153cm section.

A maximum of 16 will compete in each class. Entries are £30, refunded in full if balloted out, while £15 "appearance fee" will be paid on the day to all competitors.

The overall top prize is worth £1,500 and includes a £500 NAF hamper, £250 Charles Owen, Caldene and John Whitaker International vouchers, £100 cash and a rug, trophy and sash. There are prizes to third place and rosettes for every competitor.

For more details, phone 01392 421500.

Countryside Live attracts some top names

This year’s Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire showground was a huge success, with more than 10,000 spectators attending.

The working hunter title went to 11-year-old Olivia Lyall from Whitby on Heslington Goody Tiptoes, while Jade Hind travelled from Middlesbrough to repeat last year’s supreme win in the ridden coloured section on her 15-year-old mare Diamond Onyx. The new coloured WHP class went to Bradford-based Abigail Wheeler on Romany Warrior.

The M&M WHP champion was Skyline Ranger, a Connemara gelding owned by Barbara Butterworth of Appleby, Cumbria, and the ridden M&M title also went to Cumbria, courtesy of Emma Boardman on Susan Rawsthorn’s six-year old Exmoor stallion, also champion at the 2008 and 2009 Great Yorkshire Shows.

The mini M&M champion was nine-year-old local rider David Holt on the Welsh section A gelding Rubilyn Rambo.

Showing World

NPS appointment

The NPS has appointed former British Eventing boss Peter Durrant as chief executive. Peter, who started his new role in November, will have two new summer competitions to oversee next year.
These are the Area 25 Mountain & Moorland ridden home produced and the Dalgarvel four- and five-year-old ridden mountain and moorland pony.

Workers’ ruling

Sport Horse breeding (GB) has been looking into the thorny subject of whether competitors should be allowed to ride two horses in the jumping phase of working hunter classes.
A majority of members were in favour of the rules staying the same and only six voted that one horse per competitor be allowed.

It was therefore agreed to leave the current ruling unchanged.

Societies unite

The BSPS is organising a new accredited scheme with the BHS. The societies hope to produce a register of accredited trainers to choose from for coaching of ponies and children.
To be considered, forward a CV listing your achievements to date to the BSPS head office no later than 31 January.

You must be a BSPS and BHS member and hold a Health and Safety at Work or equine specific first aid qualification. Proof of these should be submitted with your application. Applicants should also be prepared to attend an interview. For more details, phone 01487 831376.

P(UK) party

If Ponies (UK) members in the east of the country want to get into the Christmas spirit, they can book tickets for a special party.
Friends and supporters of P (UK) Lincs are invited on 12 December to Sawtry WI Hall, Gidding Road, Sawtry. The party starts at 6pm and tickets cost £5, including food.

To book contact Poppy Derrick on 01775 713298 or the P (UK) office on 01487 830278.
Picture by Margaret Shaw