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5th February 2011 at the Holiday Inn, Peterborough.

B.S.P.S. Judges’ Conference.

The Judges’ conference was attended by approximately one hundred and sixty judges. All judges have to attend a conference at least once in five years. This year Paul Cook took them through the new rules before round table discussion started. A variety of speakers went around the tables to talk about Mountain and Moorland ponies’ way of going and conformation, assessing Future judges, the use of the mark system and conformation with particular emphasis upon overweight ponies. Finally the Conference came together again to discuss any points that the groups had highlighted that needed discussing.

B.S.P.S. Annual General Meeting.

At this meeting the reports from the various committees were presented along with the Financial Report which was presented by Mr. Les Pole. Mrs. Sharon Thomas then announced the winners of the Scholarships, long service award and Pony Personality. The W.H.P. team, which was so successful in Ireland, were awarded with the new Gold Certificate of Merit. This is a new award, which can be gold, silver or bronze and will be awarded by the BSPS to Junior members who achieve something special be it with horses or elsewhere. How wonderful it was for Area 4B to have Lucinda there to receive her award.

B.S.P.S. Ball.

A very pleasant evening was spent catching up with old friends. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves eating, drinking, chatting and dancing to The Crazy Ape. Only four attended from Area 4B but that is two more than last year!




The Presentation Evening was a great success. Mrs Joanne Griffin came along to present the awards. People travelled from all over the area to attend. Once again the cold buffet supper was well received and the puddings were numerous and varied! After supper Mrs Griffin presented all the Awards for placings at HOYS and the RIHS plus the Championship shows. The Points Awards rosettes looked stunning set out on the table and all those who put in cards received a rosette. The Supreme Champions and Reserves got sashes. The final presentation went to Lucinda Parkes for her wonderful results at the Irish International WHP team competition.

Once again thanks to Julia Woodland, Hailea Barrett and Rachel Barrett for organising the games. They do help the evening go with a swing.
Thanks also to Paul Rocks who took some photographs and to Lynne for once again running the Tombola!

Points Results 2010


On Saturday 24th July eight of the older members met at Leadenham Polo Club for a training session subsidised by the Area. Firstly the girls were taken with their parents to watch a chukka on video. They were then all, in turn, put on a wooden "horse" and taught how to hold the polo stick and how to swing it with a view to hitting a ball!. Whilst this was happening the parents were given a very large jug of Pimms to share!

It was then onto the ponies to practice what they had learnt. They paired up and attempted to hit the ball whilst on the move. Not easy! The final part of the lesson involved a practice chukka where goals were actually scored but the pace was not full on!

Everyone enjoyed the session and the mums are now keen to have a go themselves. So hopefully another outing to Leadenham will be arranged for the Junior members and their parents.

I hope that there will soon be some photographs on the web-site to show what fun it was.


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