The Royal Northern Spring Show was held under a sunny blue sky on 01/03/17 at it’s usual venue, The Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. There were 57 Shetland Ponies entered, and a good size crowd of spectators watching, (the Shetland Pony results are on the SHOW RESULTS page). Patron HRH The Princess Royal was in attedance, who after talking to the horse judges presented the rosettes and sash to the Supreme Horse and the Res Supreme. Also worth a mention, the show catalogues were priced at only £1.00 each.
The Strathbogie Horse Show to be held on 20/05/17 will be G.E.M.S. affiliated this year.
Congratulations to Ann Irvine of the Haybrake Stud, Aberdeenshire, winning the G.E.M.S. Scottish Championship 2016.. And to the runner-up Margaret Smith of the Ramana Stud, Aberdeenshire.
The G.E.M.S. Scottish Championship is sponsored by www.shetlandponyscotland.com
G.E.M.S. Scottish Championship 2016
Margaret Smith ………….. 9
Reece Macleod …………… 7
Linda Steward ……………. 7
N S Wilson …………………. 7
Jane Milne …………………. 5
Margaret Greaves ………. 4
Christine Forbes ………… 3
2016 G.E.M.S. Champion Ann Irvine …….. 2016 Runner-up Margaret Smith.
2015 G.E.M.S Champion N S Wilson. …….. 2015 Runner up Margaret Greaves.
G.E.M.S. ( Group for Enthusiasts of Miniature Shetlands ) Scottish Championship 2016.
One point will be awarded to the G.E.M.S. rosette winner in each class. The point will be awarded to the exhibitor (meaning the name the pony is entered in ). The points will be awarded in G.E.M.S. affiliated shows in Scotland only. The points awarded and running totals will be show on www.shetlandponyscotland.com There will be a trophy (to keep ) for the exhibitor who collects the most points during 2016, and also for the runner-up. In event of equal points final placings will be decided on 2nd places, then 3rd etc.
Any show (it does not have to be affiliated to the breed society) with Miniature Shetland Pony classes can be affiliated to G.E.M.S. for a fee of £14.00 this includes the rosettes.
Individual membership £12.00. Joint membership £18.00. Family membership £18.00 Junior membership £5.00. Per year.
CONTACT :- email@example.com or Marion Davies, Maenllwyd Cottage, Rudry, Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan CF83 3EB. Tel 02920 865727.
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G.E.M.S. Affiliated shows in Scotland 2016 :- Northern Working Horse Show 03/07 .. Echt Show 09/07 .. North of Scotland Shetland Pony Group Summer Show 24/07 .. Turriff Show 31/07 .. Keith Show 08/08 .. Tarland Show 13/08 ..North of Scotland Shetland Pony Group Youngstock Show 20/10 .. Grampian Foal Show 17/12
Approved 28th October 2016
The Shetland Breed Societies Judges Rule Number 13 States :-
The SPS-BS seeks to ensure that all its competitions are judged fairly and that there is no bias or favouritism. This is only achievable if owners, exhibitors, riders, handlers and judges observe the following rules in the spirit they are intended.
A judge may not place in a class a pony,which to his/her knowledge has been bred, sold, leased or produced by the judge or his/her immediate family, partners, business partner or employer since 1st January of the preceding year: nor may he /she place a pony in which he/she has a financial interest since 1st January of the preceding year: nor may he/she place a stallion by whom he/she has had a mare stinted in that season.
What is the point of this rule ?
A judge would always have an interest, especially in seeing his/her own prefix doing well.
It puts the judge no matter how impartial in an awkward position.
It would look bad if a judge made a pony of their own prefix, or one that they used to have an interest in champion…… It would be embarrassing for the judge to place it last.
The rule is perfectly ok until all the that stuff about January of the preceding year
In my opinion ( and everyone else that I have talked to about it ) a judge should never be allowed to judge a pony that he/she has bred or has had an interest in… There are many reasons why this should not happen. I have yet to find any other organisation that allows it.
Rule Number 13 then goes on to explain what should happen if a pony appears in a class before the judge is allowed to judge it :-
Should a situation arise when such a pony appears, a referee, preferably on the appropriate panel of judges, should be appointed by the show secretary to place the pony in question in its position in the class, If possible, a judge may not have as their steward any person who owns a pony, has bred a pony or has any other interest, financial or otherwise, in a pony in the class being judged.
The January of the preceding year rule does not appear to apply to the Steward. This makes the rule more strict for the steward than the judge.
Shows cannot always afford the luxury of having a spare judge on stand by just in case. (just for the Shetlands ). Bringing a judge from another class causes delays, and can cause havoc with show schedules that are usually tight… Neither of these helps to encourage show organisers to affiliate to the breed society.
The whole rule could be simplified by making it the exhibitors responsibility not to enter a pony which has, or has had, connections with the judge.
I would be interested to hear comments from others… I will treat them as private and confidential. firstname.lastname@example.org
There are three new SPSBS judges for 2017
Mrs A Foster ….. Cornwall…… 01566 779181
Miss E Gibson …. Yorkshire … 01132 831612
Mrs L Wilson ….. Fife …………. 01334 829332
Three potential judges will be doing probationary judging in 2017
Names to be confirmed
The Grampian Foal Show 17/12/16
At The Fountain Equestrian Centre, Nr Dyce, Aberdeenshire, AB21 7NX
Classes for :- Shetlands, Highlands, Clydesdales, M&M.
Foals, Yearlings, 2 yr olds, 3 yr olds
All classes shown inside.
Schedules now ready, Contact :- David Wisely email@example.com
or Mick Woods firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date 22/11/16
BHS Grampian have arranged a talk on Strangles with Jim Dukes from Dukes Vet Practice. at The Cabin Equestrian Centre, Nr Inverurie Aberdeenshire. On Tuesday 8th November 2016 at 7 pm. Refreshments will be available. £2.50 for members.. Non members £5.00.
Please forward names to email@example.com
Listed with sellers names.
The top prices were :- Erray Virginia / black standard standard mare / Mr J Swan, 2,000 gns.
Erray Cowslip / chestnut mare / Mr J Swan 900 gns
Robin’s Brae Upala / cream dun mini colt foal / Mrs L Smith 900 gns
*Barflat Nadia / palomino & white mini filly foal / Mrs G Alston 850 gns ??
Doonhamer Natalie / chestnut mini mare / Mr D Robertson 650 gns (mini champion)
Stranduff Penelope / black white may go grey, mini filly foal / Stranduff Shetlands 550 gns
Stranduff Persuasion / black filly mini foal / Stranduff Shetlands 550 gns
Henson Peach / palomino mini mare /Mrs S Henderson 500 gns
Gunelsta Oscar / piebald mini licensed stallion / Mrs L Burgess 500 gns
Holmhead Miss Maggie May / chestnut mini filly foal / Mrs H Emslie 500 gns
Melliver Magnum / bay & white standard licensed stallion/Mrs J Syme 500 gns (standard res champion)
Strathlene Quenda / chestnut mini mare / Mrs S Henderson 450 gns
Stranduff Pearl / chestnut mini filly foal / Stranduff Shetlands 450 gns
Stranduff Polly Anna / piebald mini filly foal / Stranduff Shetlands 450 gns
Stranduff Pandora / chestnut may go grey mini filly foal / Stranduff Shetlands 450 gns
Struie Delma / black standard mare / Mr D Robertson 450 gns
Tillyorn Yessica / chestnut mini filly / Mr D Macleod 400 gns
Northview Eve / black standard filly / Mr W Robertson 400 gns
Gardie Evita / bay mini mare / Mr D Robertson 400gns
Doonhamer Venetia / chestnut mini mare / Mr D Robertson 400 gns
26 ponies sold for between 100 gns & 399 gns including mini res champion Magnus of Ferintosh / skewbald going grey licensed stallion / Mr D Findlayson
All other ponies sold for under 100 gns
8 ponies did not reach the rquired price, including the standard champion Merkisayre Daisy / bay standard mare / Mr I Burgess
7 ponies were not put forward
SHETLAND PONY SALES 2016
Thainstone Centre, Aberdeenshire, 10th October, 76 ponies entered.
Lerwick Shetland, 7th October, 67 ponies entered.