Due to the popularity and numbers in the children’s riding pony classes the National Pony Society Council agreed that a new Society should be formed to take full responsibility for all matters connected with the Ridden Pony.

The British Show Pony Society (BSPS) in association with The National Pony Society was founded in 1949, with the aims to protect and improve the showing of the Children’s Riding Ponies by promoting classes and competitions for Children’s Ponies. In 1954, it was agreed to simplify the name and the British Show Pony Society stood alone. 

The BSPS has three championship shows a year; the winter finals, the summer finals and the October heritage championships, which is specifically for native breeds.