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Magnus Nicholson: Producing a show horse is an art *H&H Plus*

Opinion

H&H’s showing columnist looks ahead to how showing may change in the future

Our showing societies have acted the best they could during these unprecedented times. Showing – unlike other disciplines – does not have one governing body and, therefore, is run by teams of committees and volunteers with passion and expert knowledge in a specific area. We have numerous pony, horse and breed societies for each type of animal and this is why one overriding body would not work.

While The Showing Council does a good job at monitoring rules, we need different experts to run their own society. I’ll be the first to admit that I have little knowledge of mountain and moorland ponies and unlike showjumping, where you generally have to complete the course in the fastest time to win, each breed or type of horse and pony deserves its own society committed to breeding, promotion and preservation.