Area 14 runs two shows a year. The winter show is on 18th Febuary 2017 and has a full range of BSPS Winter championship qualifiers. The summer show is held on 6th May with BSPS summer, PUK and RIHS qualifiers. Please enter the shows on-line, using Equo Events.
There are also showing clinics - usually February - and the agm in November and the Christmas Party and Points awards in December.
Around 60 members from aged four to 84 enjoyed the party and prize giving at Jamie and Charlotte Thompson's wonderful house in Fulking.
There were loads of lovely rosettes given out to 14 section winners and Ella Dalton was the supreme champion and taking away the embroidered rug supplied by the Tack Room, Johns Cross. Stockham Secret Envoy won 186 points in a very successful year on the England team and with second at HOYS and third in the Desert Orchid.
Look what you missed if you did not attend the BSPS area 14 agm on Saturday! Plus there was a thought provoking talk from Roger Stack, retiring show director at the Royal International. Stack, who has been involved with showing for 64 years, was critical of the current situation of several showing societies and said amalgamation was in the interests of showing and its members.
"We do have so many societies. There are several, and now we have TSR
In an amalgamation he pointed out that both PoniesUK and Sports Horse Breeding both have reserves that could be usefully used to the benefit members and show organisers. He suggested that a database was developed with horse details and results. This would make entering quicker for members, and entry closing dates could be much nearer the date of the show. Also show secretaries could rapidly check eligibility without having to send lists back to societies to trawl through results.
He said, "Young people need to kick ass and do something about it."
He was also concerned by members using social media to criticise judges. He said there were already procedures in place for people to make complaints. "Judges are giving up their time and need to enjoy the day as well as competitors. Showing society rules on social media must be robust and enforced," he added.
Ride judges, he explained had to be so fit these days, as they may have to ride hundreds of horses in a day. This he asserted was making it difficult to extend the pool to draw from. He wanted to see a return to the system of only riding the "front row". "Competitors have to be realistic and improve so they can get in the front row," he said.
Since he started showing in the 1950s he says transport has made the biggest difference. In those days you hacked or asked the local haulier to take you. In time there were trailers, then basic lorries - but now there are luxury lorries carrying up to a dozen horses. He said, "Producers have become factories were they can turn out so many horses going the same way."
Chloe Chubb after several visits to HOYS records not one but two wins. Plus many more placings for others in the area.
Congratulations to Terry and Janice Baldwin, from near Lewes, owners of the supreme show pony champion LANDEMANN PEONY, ridden by their grand daughter Jessica Soltermann.
Thank you to everyone who, with just one week's notice ran the show at a new location and and new schedule. Well done, and it was a great success. Results now available on results page.
The clinic will be at Petley Wood, 15th February 2017, in their indoor school. Ollie Burchell, leading M&M and plaited producer will have groups of three of four. Book with Sophie Davidson.
Summer show - 6th May 2017 at Edenbridge and Oxted Showground
Winter Show - 18th February 2017 at Petley Wood Equestrian Centre, near Robertsbridge, Marley Lane, East Sussex TN33 0RE
Clinic - Matthew Lawrence 11th February 2017 at Chelwood Equestrian Centre
Meeting held at Lingfield Community Centre.
13th Feb 2016, Blue Barn near Ashford