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Rebecca Penny: We can all become a little complacent *H&H Plus*

Opinion

Should the new format for pony classes be maintained, asks H&H’s showing columnist

Over the past few weeks, a little more normality seems to have resumed on the showing front. I’ve even managed to attend a couple of events myself.

I’d like to echo Simon Reynolds’ words of praise (27 August issue) for those particular individuals who have really gone above and beyond to give us all a safe environment to resume competition. Some have done a great job utilising fabulous new venues, while others have made established show centres increasingly “Covid secure”.

Scott Dixon, who organised the UK Nationals, created an entirely new show, an impressive feat in such challenging circumstances. This could potentially have been a huge gamble for an individual with no previous experience of running a show, but I must take my hat off to Scott. In mine and many peoples’ eyes, the show was both fantastically organised and a tremendous success, culminating in a spectacular supreme line-up set to rival any major championship show. Hopefully this fixture will be an exciting addition to the calendar that we will see return in 2021.