Plans to “standardise” rules for pony classes among the different showing societies were unveiled at the recent British Show Pony Society annual meeting.
Chairman Jim McTiffin says: “We have had several meetings with other pony societies, such as the National Pony Society, Welsh Pony and Cob Society and Ponies (UK), to discuss a full range of subjects such as height of ponies, doping, passports and the like, and the way we can co-operate in the future.”
If followed through, the changes would also mean that any disciplinary measure taken by one society against a member would be adhered to by other organisations. This would remove the current anomaly that, in theory, allows a competitor who is banned under BSPS rules from showing with another society such as Ponies (UK) or NPS.
The level of co-operation already in place between the societies has been highlighted by a recent BSPS decision to invite other societies’ judges on to the Heritage flat and working hunter pony panels. As a result of this initiative, 40 leading native pony judges have now joined the BSPS panel.