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Posted: Mon 30th October 2017

The British Show Pony Society is pleased to announce that from January 2018, plaited ponies entering all WHP, SP, SHP, PBA and Intermediate classes will no longer require a Joint Measurement Board (JMB) annual or full height certificate to qualify and compete at our Championship Shows.

Membership and pony registration will still be required to compete at these shows, to qualify for the relevant classes and to be eligible for other BSPS Area competitions.

 Rules regarding the measuring of Mountain and Moorland ponies remains unaltered.

 All ponies wishing to compete in any BSPS plaited classes at Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) qualifying classes must be registered with the Society and have a relevant annual of full JMB height certificate prior to the date of the qualifying show, in accordance with BSPS Rule and Show Handbook for the current year. (Please note these rules remain unchanged for plaited RIHS qualifying classes from 2017)

 Members are strongly advised when they compete in Horse of the Year Qualifying Classes, with a pony registered with the BSPS, that they follow the rules regarding measuring in accordance with the Horse of the Year Show rules.

 The Society reserves the right to require any pony to be measured at any time if in its opinion the pony is considered to over height for class it has entered.

Olympia Discounted Tickets

Posted: Fri 20th October 2017

Please use the code BSPS when you book tickets online at this will give you a 30% discount off the Monday afternoon performance.

You can also book over the phone - 0844 995 0995



Rule changes and amended classes for 2018.

Posted: Wed 18th October 2017

Measuring plaited ponies

Plaited ponies competing in RIHS qualifies will be required to be measured prior to competing in these classes. The Society reserves the right to measure any pony registered and competing in our classes at any time. Ponies, owners and riders will still need to members of the BSPS to qualify for our Championship Shows. 

Part Bred and Anglo Arabs exceeding 148 cm (RIHS qualifiers)

This class will no longer be ridden by the Judge in the qualifying classes, but will however be ridden by the Judge at the final.

Pretty Polly Classes

The Show Hunter Pony class will now revert to one mixed height class for ponies not exceeding 153cm. A new Pretty Polly mixed Intermediate class for Riding and Hunter types will be introduced for 2018. 

Dope testing

The length of time an animal can be banned from competing in BSPS classes following a positive dope test has been extended to 1 year at the direction of the disciplinary committee.

Fall of pony or rider

The rules will be amended for 2018, a fall of the rider in ridden phase will still result in elimination. A fall of a rider in the in-hand phase may result in elimination at the discretion of the judge.  

Age of riders allowed to strip ponies in the ring or lunge them on the showground. 

It is proposed that a child must have attained their 12th birthday as of the 1st January in the current year to either strip or lunge pony at a BSPS show, except for stallions where age will same as in the Rule Book to ride a stallion.

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