Stuart Hollings: surely we don’t need to experience further upheaval? *H&H Plus*


Stuart Hollings discusses how a lack of a marks system will affect qualifiers

Last season the rumour mill from certain quarters hinted that there would be major changes in showing for 2021, which made me nervous. Surely we need to embrace a period of stability en route to recovery following the grimmest of years, rather than experience further upheaval?

A bolt from the blue landed in early December when the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) notified its members and judges that marks will not be used in flat classes at Royal International (RIHS) qualifiers or the Hickstead final in 2021.

Vice chairman Paul Cook stated: “As part of the requirements to allow shows to continue under Covid-19 restrictions, we limited the amount of classes that needed to be marked, to minimise risk. The RIHS have determined that this has positive benefits and reverting to a more traditional way of judging could now take place.

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