President's Report

I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone, we are halfway through July already!

My visit to Scotland started a day early with an invitation from the Queen to attend a garden party in my position of President of SPS-BS at the beautiful Holyrood House in Edinburgh, official Scottish residence of Her Majesty.  What an honour and privilege!

The Palace is beautiful and the grounds are amazing, so lucky to have the Queen in residence along with the Princess Royal, The Duke of York and the Duke of Wessex, certainly a day never to be forgotten.

It was a privilege to be so close to our Royal family and watching the Queen chatting to so many people on a very hot day at 93 years of age was wonderful.

We have just held our Council meeting on 4th and 5th July. On the agenda were several topics to discuss so, once all correspondence had been answered, we began with the Judges Seminars. 

It will not be long now before the first one takes place at the Grampian Hotel in Perth on Saturday 26th October. We are very lucky that well respected Senior panel judge Mrs Rachel Bown has agreed to give a descriptive talk on The Breed Standard at this Seminar and the two others to be held next year, 2020.

We hope that many Judges, Probationers etc will come along to join us in Perth or at the later venues, to benefit from the informative and social occasion.
Light refreshments will be provided by the Society on the day.

We were given an update on the Breed Show 2019 in Shetland by Mrs Carol Laignel, who informed us that everything is well under way and they have over 400 entries for the show, which is excellent. We know that the PBSA has put an awful lot of time, preparation and organisation into making this show a success and I would like to thank them for all their hard workI know that a lot of people are travelling to Shetland from the UK and abroad and are looking forward to a very interesting and entertaining week.

Once again, on the Friday morning, we had a visit from Louise Gillies from Johnston Carmichael, our accountants, who informed us we are in a healthy position, bearing in mind the current UK situation. These visits by Louise, entirely without additional charge, to discuss the accounts are proving extremely useful to Council.

We are holding another Probationary Judges Assessment Day on Saturday 28th September.  This year we have four candidates applying to join our judging panel and we wish them every success with their assessments.

The ISPC meeting will also be held in Shetland on Friday 26th July. This meeting gives All daughter Stud Books and ourselves, as Mother Stud Book, a chance to get together and discuss together various topics which affect us all.

Mrs Joan Lambert spoke to us regarding Shetland Pony Trading (there will be a stand at the Breed Show) and informed us of a few new items they have, two being headcollars and lead ropes embroidered with SPS-BS. I have seen one or two myself and must admit they look very smart and I think they will be very popular.  Details will be available shortly for purchase and order online on the Society website.

Information is now on the website regarding details of the Shetland Pony sale to be held under the auspices of SPS-BS on 30th September at Hereford market and the facilities are excellent. Ponies being sold at this sale will be allowed to arrive on Sunday 29th to be housed for the next day. Please contact the auctioneers for further information if you wish to do this.

The Cafe will be open all day on sale day and will be open on the Sunday evening for people who would like a meal and hot or cold drinks.  This gives us all a chance to chat and catch up with friends we may not see very often and I personally look forward to meeting friends old and new!


Jill Jones