President's Report

Well, after our very long wet winter, who would have thought we would be having such an extremely hot summer.

Sitting writing this report under a fan is heaven, but not so good when working outside in this heat and worry for grass failure for farms looms large.

We had a very busy July Council meeting which began with answering most correspondence, however some items always require further details to bring to a conclusion.

Our breed show this year at Malvern showground, organised by Mrs Mary Davenport, is fast approaching.  Unfortunately, due to ill health Mr Andrew Britland has had to step down. We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

We also wish Mary a very successful show as we realise how much work is needed in running these events and send her our thanks for her endeavours.

On being returned for this year's show, some of the show trophies need attention and this is being dealt with by the office.

The 2019 breed show is already scheduled for Shetland and the ISPC meeting will be held there during the week of proposed events.

Mr Julian Walters gave Council an update on preparations for the 2020 breed show, which are well in hand, being organised by the South West Group .

It was agreed that from 2019 entry fees for non members would be 50% higher.

Breed show packs will be updated with this information.

Probationary Judges Assessment Day is to be held at Sylvandene, Hare Lane, Blindley Heath, Surrey RH9 6 JB on 2nd September.  All candidates will soon be provided with information relating to arrangements for the day.

PLEASE NOTE - All candidates must undertake two stewarding appointments under any recognised pony panel judge, not just SPS-BS, before attending the assessment day.  Stewarding report forms must be completed by the officiating judge and submitted to the society office.

A few minor changes are proposed to the Society Constitution and details will be circulated to the membership shortly.

My husband Roger and I took a few days personal holiday and attended the International Shetland Show in Denmark.

What a wonderful time we had, with superb hospitality and I would like to say a huge thank you to Susanne, Anette and their team of 15.  We had a lovely time and were made extremely welcome.  We saw some lovely ponies and even had a ride in a trap pulled by - you guessed it - two Shetland ponies.

The whole show was amazing and very well organised with in-hand rings, performance and agility classes.

I look forward to seeing lots of members at Malvern in August and wish everyone good luck and safe journeys to our breed show .

                                                                     

Jill Jones