The National Pony Society (NPS) is holding a judge’s conference on Saturday 12th March at Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, Bath Road, Hardwicke, Gloucester GL2 2RG. The day will run from 09.30 until 16.00.
The organisers have structured the day to build upon existing knowledge and judging skills. It will provide a practical basis for assessment of performance in ridden classes both native and plaited. The arena-based presentations will be led by experts allowing ample opportunity for interactive audience discussions.
Application for tickets priced £15 should be made direct to:
National Pony Society
Arthur Rank Centre
Tel. 01420 88333
Julie Templeton will highlight the importance of selecting an individual show that reflects both type and breed within the variation of classes a judge may be asked to judge. This will then be related to using marks for the given shows.
Julie Templeton started her equestrian career in eventing but she soon developed a showing interest when she saw a niche in the market for training the children and producing the ponies together. She has been involved in the showing world for over 30 years training and producing horses and ponies from lead rein right through to hunters. She has taken the HOYS Supreme on three separate occasions and notched up countless championships at most major shows. To date she is the most successful lead rein producer at HOYS. Recently she has also dabbled into breeding, being incredibly lucky that her first home bred gained a Cuddy ticket at three years old. Julie has judged extensively both nationally and internationally. She is a BSPS Accredited Trainer, holds her BHS II and is a judge on BSPS, Ponies UK, NPS and CHAPS panels.
Katie Marriott-Payne, using bits and bitting as the underpinning theme for this session, will demonstrate the importance of correct selection and the resultant effect it may have on the way of going of individual animals.
Since leaving school Katy Marriott-Payne has trained, produced and ridden horses and ponies. She makes no secret of the fact that she has been very fortunate to work with some fantastic animals which have won some of the most sought-after titles in the show ring including Olympia supreme, nine Horse of Year show titles, supreme working hunter pony at Royal International and endless county show titles.
Debbie Spears and Anthony Perkins will address all areas of performance within working hunter pony classes including looking at establishing common criteria in awarding marks irrespective of breed or type.
Anthony Perkins previously competed up to advanced level eventing with several homebred horses and sponsor-owned horses. He also trained and rode many horses and ponies to compete successfully at HOYS, Royal International, Olympia and most county shows. Previously he lectured full time in equine colleges in Wales teaching all ranges of equine related subjects up to HND level. He is currently a full time trainer with riders competing in British Eventing, British Dressage and showing. He is a panel judge for several societies including NPS, BSPS, New Forest, PUK and CHAPS.
Debbie Speirs spent her youth at a dealer’s yard where she had the opportunity in addition to hunting compete in show jumping, cross country and showing which included working hunter. A passion for native ponies followed the purchase of her first highland pony some 30 years ago setting up the small “Leyhills” Highland Stud where the very successful Lochlands Principal Flute stood. She is actively involved with judging and stewarding and is chief horse steward at Bucks County Show. Time away from the show ring she has been the practice manager at a busy equine vet practice for the past ten years where she has valued the experience of developing her knowledge of conformation, foot balance and lameness.
Meirion Davies and Richard Miller will bring a light-hearted, entertaining approach to judging and showing etiquette through a role playing session.
Although most familiar with the Welsh Sections throughout a lifetime’s involvement with pony breeding and showing, Meirion Davies and Richard Miller have produced and shown various native breeds from Shetlands to Connemaras as well as Riding Ponies. The pair have been lucky enough to judge at most major events in the UK as well as worldwide, which in turn has led to them judging, exhibiting and importing stock from around the globe. Richard’s involvement with the pastime of exhibiting ponies coupled with Meirion’s career writing and producing for television has resulted in their “alternative take” on judges’ behaviour in the show ring.