President's Report

Having held my first council meeting on Friday 2nd February, I would like to say how honoured I am to take up office.

We commenced the meeting by welcoming our new council members: Mr Stevie McKay of Alichbrae Stud, Mrs Eileen Carlyle of the Dryfesdale Stud and Mrs Daphne Elphick of Kingsacre Stud.

We also welcomed back Mrs Joan Lambert of Brandon Stud, Mr Michael Barugh of Birchmoor Stud and Mrs Janice Priest of Musselbrough Stud.

As always, we began our meeting by reading the members letters one by one and these will be replied to later this week.

Following that, we discussed the questionnaire regarding Stallion Evaluation and it was decided by a majority vote by council to follow the wishes of the membership and the highest percentage of the replies said no. Details are on the homepage.

We have started to prepare this year's probationary judging scheme for those who wish to apply to be considered as a panel judge.

As before, there will first be an assessment day with ponies and judges in the southern area as the last one was held in the north.  This will take place in September of this year and anyone interested should contact the office and request the detailed information to be sent to them in due course.

Attendance at the assessment does not automatically ensure a place as a probationary judge but we welcome all interest and the finalised details will be on the society website at a later date.  Meanwhile,  Claire has started a list of interested participants.

The new veterinary list was discussed and this list is being updated all the time. Vets must be either from an equine practice or specialising in equines from a general practice.  The names of vets or Equine practices you feel should be included can be sent to the office.  Please contact your vet to ask for their agreement as they should be prepared to travel to other clients and be prepared to attend any seminars which may be held in the future at no expense to the society.

Victoria joined the meeting to give her usual financial report.  We are very grateful to Victoria for her work on our finances after she took over from Angela.

Johnson Carmichael remain as our accountants and they are one of the largest accountants firms in Scotland with a specialised Charity arm.

Victoria also reported on Shetland Pony Trading which continues to be popular with merchandise for sale on the website.

The 2018 ISPC meeting will be hosted by the German daughter stud-book society in the Spring and Vice President Lionel Gregory and myself will both attend representing the Mother Stud book.  We look forward to an interesting meeting.

As many of you will know, this year Denmark is hosting the International show and details can be found on the website.

Finally, I must thank our office staff at Shetland House for their hard work with recalled passport insisted upon by the Scottish Government.  It has taken up a large amount of their time and they have coped admirably.

Wishing all our members good luck for this year with foaling, showing or any other activities with our wonderfully adaptable Shetland ponies.