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2020 BSPS OLYMPIA JUDGES

Posted: Wed 12th August 2020
Miss Natalie Middlemass - Performance
Mr James Munro - Conformation

Mrs Pat Pattinson - Performance

Mrs Vanessa Clark - Conformation

2020 BSPS CHAMPIONSHIPS SHOW - BSPS RULES FOR COVID-19

Posted: Tue 28th July 2020
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EXCITING NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

Posted: Fri 10th July 2020

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 28thSaturday 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.


 


Until then 


Keep safe , keep strong, keep positive;


 Pat Pattinson

Age of Riders

Posted: Mon 15th June 2020

The Society has received a number of emails and letters asking if we could look at either increasing the ages of riders in all plaited classes for one year or increasing the ages for one year permanently because many shows have been cancelled for 2020 due to Co-vid 19 and some riders would not have their last year on their pony/horse in these classes. 


After several long discussions at “virtual” BSPS Council meetings and after consultation with the Royal International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show, the Council has decided not to change the ages for 2021.


The Council appreciates that this will be disappointing for a number of members in their last year but the general consensus was that the ages of riders should not be increased.

UPDATE CO-VID 19

Posted: Wed 3rd June 2020

Even though lockdown restrictions are being eased, Covid-19 is still with us, and we continue to live in unprecedented and dangerous circumstances..


However, like every other sporting and equestrian organisation, the BSPS Council are currently carefully considering whether, when, and under what circumstances we may be able hold BSPS events.

In doing so, we must, of course, take into account government guidance, and we will also take into account as wide a range of information as possible to inform our thinking, including what other equestrian organisations are considering as they also decide what is and what isn’t possible. Significantly, this also means we have to follow the guidance provided by British Equestrian (the national governing body for horse sports in the United Kingdom), which at present would not allow us to run a live show or competition.

We do, however, want to be in a position to hold a show as soon as we possibly can and we are hopeful that in the near future we will be able to do so.

In order to be in the best position possible to organise a showing event which complies with government guidelines, the BSPS Council are currently developing a “showing blueprint” which will set out how it considers this can be best achieved. This will be finalised shortly and sent out to all BSPS Area Chairpersons for their views in the near future.

In the meantime, we remind all members to continue to abide by government guidance and hope that you all remain safe and well.

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