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Pat Pattinson: ‘The BSPS were brave enough to lead the way’ *H&H Plus*

Pat Pattinson has been chairman of the BSPS for a decade. A former competitor, she is now an esteemed judge who has officiated at all the major shows.

  • BSPS national chair Pat Pattinson explains some of the challenges involved in putting on championship shows in a Covid world, as well as offering advice on how to be successful in affiliated showing to those starting out...

    AS I write, I’ve just about recovered from our British Show Pony Society (BSPS) Heritage championship show held at Arena UK (17–18 October). There was a fabulous atmosphere, and even though there were no Olympia qualifiers, people wanted to be there.

    It’s been a difficult and challenging year. The latter word has been used a lot but rightly so. During lockdown no one could have predicted that showing could have carried on this season.

    I must mention one individual, Joanne Pybus, who has been instrumental in formulating a blueprint alongside the Showing Council and the other disciplines.

    The BSPS has flown the flag. We were brave enough to put our necks on the line. This is no disrespect to anyone; but someone had to lead the way. People had a choice if they wanted to take part or stay at home.

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