I do hope that you and your family are well, keeping busy and safe.
At the beginning of lockdown way back in March, when regulations and restrictions impeached on every aspect of our lives the BSPS Board met by way of conference call and there seemed, at that time little hope of moving forward and indeed little or nothing positive to report. However, the Board continued to meet weekly and embraced the now popular Zoom meetings (who had ever heard of Zoom way back in March???) which have proved to be fruitful and enabled us to move on as Government guidelines ease a little. Head Office has reopened and staff are working in alternate teams to help and answer your queries.
BSPS Area 1A held a successful training show recently and other Areas are running clinics and training days.
I am also delighted to report that we are currently planning to hold a 3 day Championship Show on Friday August 28th, Saturday August 29th and Sunday August 30th at Arena UK culminating in our usual Supreme Championships with flowered sashes.
There are also plans for a new class at the show which will run across all sections and will be called Simply The Best Pony of 2020 which will be a fabulous accolade to win!
Please be aware that this is, of course, to be run in strict observation of all Government guidelines and regulations and is subject to change if the current situation alters.
The schedule and timetable are currently being processed and will be available shortly. Sadly, we can not for obvious reasons run our Children's Entertainment programme and our Young Judges Competition; we welcome their return 2021!!
As many of you are aware, a large number of our stewards, officials and 'back room' helpers fall into the vulnerable and/or shielding category and will be unable to help this year, we will miss them hugely, hoping they remain safe and can return to us in 2021. With this in mind, I ask if you or any one you know is able to 'take up the reins' and help us this year, if so please contact Head Office asap.
We are moving cautiously forward and will endeavour to provide you, our members, a safe, happy and enjoyable show. I hope to provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
Keep safe , keep strong, keep positive;