Show competitor barred over conduct

  • The behaviour of a BSPA member at the RIHS has led to him being barred from the show and having his BSPA membership revoked

    A showing competitor has been ejected from the British Skewbaldand Piebald Association (BSPA) for bringing the society into disrepute.

    James Palmer publicly criticised the judging of the inaugural BSPA finals at the Royal International Horse Show, in which he was a competitor, both in the ring and in the stewards’ box afterwards.

    Show director Roger Stack said: “I explained to Mr Palmer that the judge’s decision was final, but he continued to express his views in a way that was rude and offensive. He was asked to apologise, and when he refused, I decided to bar him from the RIHS. The BSPA subsequently withdrew his membership.”

    BSPA chairman Lynda Lodge confirmed this, adding that Mr Palmer had breached the society’s rules by bringing it into disrepute, and was therefore no longer eligible for membership.

    In last week’s issue (22 September), Horse & Hound columnist Stuart Hollings called for action to be taken by show societies to clamp down on increasingly poor standards of behaviour by some competitors.

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