Due to the popularity and numbers in the children's riding pony classes the National
Pony Society Council agreed that a new Society should be formed to take full responsibility
for all matters connected with the Ridden Pony. The British Show Pony Society in association
with The National Pony Society was founded in 1949, with the aims to protect and
improve the showing of the Children's Riding Ponies by promoting classes and competitions
for Children's Ponies. In 1954 it was agreed to simplify the name and the British Show
Pony Society stood alone.
The First Chairman was John Tilling 1949 – 1965, followed by Brigadier Allen 1966-1970,
John Tilling 1971, Albert Deptford 1972-1976, Vivian Eckley 1977, Joan Gibson 1978 – 1996,
Jim McTiffin 1997 -2007, Alan Hall 2008 - 2011 and currently Pat Pattinson.
Capt Ronnie Grellis was Secretary and Joan Lee Smith the Executive Officer until 1969. In
1970 Joy Hall became the Secretary and Executive Officer.
the Society became a Limited Company in 2006 with Karen Toynton Ward as Company Secretary.
Area Representatives were introduced in 1950, Mrs Joanna MacInnes was the first Overall
Area Representative. The country is divided into 25 BSPS areas plus the Scottish Branch and most members join
the area in which they live. The first Championships show was held in conjunction with the Brighton Show 1n 1955.
The Working Hunter Ponies were introduced in 1970 and the first Championships Show as our
members know it started at the East of England Showground in with just the Working Hunter
Pony classes, Mrs. Sandra's Bucknells Tonto was the very first BSPS Supreme WHP of the Year.
In 1971 Lead Rein and First Ridden classes were added to the Championships Show and in 1973
Mrs. Dorothy Watchorn ran a BSPS Ball to raise funds so Novice Show Ponies classes could be
The Show Hunter Pony classes were introduced in 1983 and the Intermediate classes in 1985
and most recently the Heritage Mountain and Moorland classes in 1996.
The Winter Season and Championship Show commenced in 1978 with Davina Whiteman as Chairman.
The first Heritage Championship Show was in 2007. The Society is also responsible for the
majority of pony classes that culminate at the Royal International Horse Show and recently
Heritage M & M ridden ponies and Olympia The London International Horse Show.