President's Report

Dear Members

2019 proved to be a very busy year for the Society.  For me there were numerous trips to Scotland throughout the year to attend Council meetings, judging appointments, probationary assessments etc.

 

We have just held our last Council meeting for this year on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th October and I must begin by informing members that early on in the meeting on Thursday Mr Lionel Gregory, the then current Vice President, gave his resignation due to medical reasons.  We would like to wish Lionel all the very best for his future .
 

We are required by law to have a Vice President for Council meetings and Mrs Joan Lambert was unanimously elected to take the interim vacancy to facilitate business.  Countess De La Warr, who was to be VP in 2020, has now accepted the office of President for 2020/2021 .
 

At the meeting, when all correspondence had been discussed and answered, we carried on with other topics .
 

The Society is in a comfortable position financially at this time and we all feel that the visits to our meetings from time to time by the Accountants, (free of charge) are certainly beneficial .
 

The Breed show this year on Shetland was exceptional, so well supported and so well planned. Thanks to PBSA for all your hard work.  There is more about the Breed show in the winter magazine which will be issued shortly.
 

Shetland Pony Trading continues to do well and is very popular .
 

The Probationary Judges Scheme is progressing well and new judges are being taken on.  Anyone wishing to apply, please see the SPSB-S website or contact the office .
 

This year Brightwells Auctioneers of Hereford held their first Shetland Pony Sale under the Auspices of the SPSB-S and under the expert leadership of Mr Andrew Elliott they did a first class job, very professional with lots of staff and security.  We now look forward to our next sale with them in 2020 .
 

This will be my last report as President, which I have been very proud to do, but I must admit it will be nice to have more time to devote to the running of our stud, showing, breeding and, of course, our family.
 

I send all my best wishes to our next President, Countess De La Warr, and look forward to serving under her in my role as Past President.
 

I cannot end this report without thanking all our Council members for their support and dedication in my term (entirely self funded), our office staff; Claire, Kate, Pauline and Victoria, who really do an excellent job on our behalf and without whom we would be lost!
Thank you to Mrs Joan Lambert and Mr Guy Hurst for their knowledge and advice with some of the problems I have encountered, sometimes just providing a listening ear !

 

Lastly I would like to thank our Past President Mr Steve Rendall for all your invaluable help to me over the last two years.
Steve retires at the end of this year and will be missed at our meetings and we all send best wishes for your future.

 

Finally, whilst attending the meeting on Friday 25th, I received a message that my grandson Declan and his partner Tonie were the proud parents of a little baby boy, Reggie, making Roger and myself great grandparents.  How wonderful to finish my two year term of office with this wonderful news .
 

Wishing all our members a very merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year .