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Council Members

The Council of the British Show Pony Society is made up of 18 elected members of Council, who are elected by the members at the beginning of the year and hold office for a three year term, after which, they must stand for re-election if they wish to remain on the Council.

In addition to the elected members of Council, there is also the Chairman of the Scottish Branch, the Honorary Treasurer and the Honorary Life Member of Council, Mr Jim McTiffin, our past National Chairman and our Executive Officer, Mrs Joy Hall.


Mrs Pat Pattinson BSPS Chairman
Having ridden for many years I enjoyed supporting daughter Helen through a variety of BSPS classes. As a Headmistress and Magistrate I hope to have developed personal and professional skills that enable me to be an effective panel judge, a team player on all committees and to head up the Society; a huge honour and priviledge.

Mr Paul Cook National Vice Chairman
Paul Cook is a life member of the BSPS and has been involved with horses all his life.  He is on all the major judging panels and has a real passion for Hunting and Mountain and Moreland Ponies and is committed to ensuring that the BSPS safeguard the heritage of our wonderful  native breeds.

Mr Les Pole Treasurer
Having competed with my family for many years, my wife Kay was a BSPS Panel Judge I was approached by the Society to take over as Treasurer.  I have now been Honorary Treasurer of the Society for over 25 years and thoroughly enjoy the involvement with a fantastic Society.  I have tried over a number of years to guide the Society’s Council in regards to finances.

Mrs Joanne Griffin Executive Member of Council
BSPS starred judge, Chairman of Winter Championship Show, Vice-Chairman of Heritage Show, Vice-Chairman of Assessment & Conference also serve on Summer Champs Committee, Dope Testing, WHP Team selection & Entertainment. I was brought up with horses ridden, competed and worked with them. I was Stable Manger for many years and a past Area 5 Chairman. My motto is "Better Standards Pursued Sportingly"

Mr Nigel Hollings Executive Member of Council
Nigel has been a Council Member since 1986 ,has trained many champions including  the Supreme Ridden at both the HOYS and RIHS and  is on ten different  Judging panels .He has officiated at the HOYS /RIHS on many occasions and appointments have taken him all over the world. Nigel is currently Chairman of the BSHA and Disciplinary Chairman of CHAPS.

Mr Simon Richardson Executive Member of Council
I have now been an elected member of Council for over ten years. Many of you know me as a commentator at shows up and down the country as well as at our three Championship shows. I am Chief Steward in the Cooper Corporation ring (Summer Champs), Vice Chairman (Winter Champs) and Chairman of the Qualifying Shows Committee.

Mrs Pip Baker-Beall Council Member
I have now been on Council for several years and serve as Dressage Director for both the Winter and Summer Championship Shows as well as sitting on the Judges Assessment Committee.  Experience from judging and competing has enabled me to have a stronger perspective of both sides of the coin thus giving me the knowledge and understand to listen to members.

Mrs Dawn Christie Council Member & Press Officer
A member of the BSPS for 26 years, past Chairman of Area 17 and Chairman of Area Chairman, I’m now  Press Officer and Chairman of the Press and Publicity committee. A starred judge for SP & SHP, Chief Steward at all the Championship shows, on various committees, also a mum, wife, and Interior Designer but not necessarily in that order!

Mrs Joyce Coltart Council Member & Scottish Branch Chairman
I am a farmers daughter from South Ayrshire in Scotland. Started in the showing world in my early teens and have always had ponies and horses. Have been chairman of Scottish Branch for several years and enjoy all the challenges that position brings! Spend many days each season judging, all over the coutry, and support the BSPS in any way possible.

Mr Mike Hall Council Member
I have been a past Area 10 Chairman and a Show Committee member on both the Summer and Winter Championships, before taking over the position as Show Director for the Summer Championships in 1994, relishing a role which has proved both challenging and worthwhile over the years.  Since joining Council in 2009 I serve on the Heritage Show and Dope Testing Committees.

Mr Philip Hilton Council Member & Chef d'equipe
I am a Lincolnshire farmers son who has been surrounded by livestock of all shapes and sizes from day one. Breeding children meant a temporary halt to breeding horses but also an introduction to ridden pony showing, something that has become a large part of my life.

I was privileged to join council in 2005 & enjoy every minute of it.

Mrs Sharon Thomas Council Member
A Council member for over 5 years, I serve as Show Director for the Heritage Show, also a member of the Summer and Winter Championship Show Committees. I sit on the Judges Assessment Committee and am Chairman of the Entertainments Committee.  Being a starred Judge on all panels and Chief Steward at all our Championship Shows.  I know the importance of providing competitors with the highest standards of integrity and fairness.

Mrs Joanne Pybus Council Member & Chairman of Area Chairmen
As an Area Chairman, Starred Panel judge of horses and ponies and Mum of 3 I have been involved with the BSPS for over 30 years. I very much look forward to supporting the BSPS in any way I possibly can.

Mr Alan Hall Honorary Member of Council
A Council member for many years.  During this time I have gained valuable experience of the functions of the Council including 3 years as Chairman of Area Chairman, Show Director of the Championship Show and Director of Contractors for the Championship Show.  I am a Past National Chairman of the BSPS and have now been elected an Honorary Council Member.

Mr Peter Emmerson Council Member
BSPS starred Judge for SP and SHP Classes. Long term member of the BSPS and BSPS 3A Vice Chairman for many years. Actively competing in showing during this time. My aim is to keep the BSPS at the forefront of showing for the benefit of the members.

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