President's Report

As I am writing this report, we happily are experiencing some lovely sunny days, long may it last !

The meeting opened with profound sympathy from Council on hearing of the passing of two great ambassadors of the breed, Mr John Church of Nashes Stud and Mr Ian Bailey of Touchwood Stud. These two were such stalwart members of the Society and will be very sadly missed by a lot of people.

It was lovely to welcome our new Council members; Mrs Carol Laignel , Mr Guy Hurst , Mr Peter Tindale , Mr Nick True and Mr James Slater.  We are very grateful for their commitment.

The question of holding a Shetland Pony Sale under the Auspices is still ongoing and will be finalised at the April meeting after more financial information.

The Breed show in Shetland this year is proving to be very popular and we are all looking forward to a whole week of enjoyment.

The Judges Seminars are well under way now and will be finalised in April. The first one is booked for Saturday October 26th this year in Perth at the Grampian Hotel.

Two more will be held in 2020, one in the north in March and one in the south in November. Details for all three to follow in due course.

Following the successful Probationary Judges Assessment day last year, it has been decided to hold another one this year on Saturday 28th September 2019 at the Fountain Equestrian Centre, Dyce, Aberdeen .

If anyone is interested in becoming a Panel Judge please contact the office for an application form, the closing date will be July 1st 2019 .

Shetland Pony Trading  - new merchandise was discussed and it was agreed to order a few headcollars and ropes which will have SPSBS initials embroidered on them. I think they will prove to be very popular and the samples we saw looked very smart .

I would like to wish everyone a very successful year.

All good luck with your ponies whether foaling, showing, driving, riding or just simply enjoying these wonderful little characters as pets .


Jill Jones