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The National Pony Society 110th Summer Championship Judges Lists Posted: April 2016

The National Pony Society 110th Summer Championship Judges Lists is now available to view.  A full schedule and timetable will be available in next few weeks. If you would like a hardcopy of the schedule, please send a SAE to the NPS Office, Arthur Rank Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.

If you have qualified for the any NPS class please send in your qualification card to the office to ensure your entry is valid

New Updates Posted: April 2016

The NPS/NAF Royal International Horse Show M&M WHP qualifiers that were not able to be run at the NCPA Derbyshire Spring Festival, will now be held at NPS Area XI Heart of England Show on 15th May 2016. NPS Area XI show is already running a full set of the RIHS qualifiers, and this means that the 122cms and 133cms sections, will now carry two qualifying places. The two highest placed ponies in each of these two classes, will go forward to the RIHS. Qualification will go no further than 5th place.

Council Elections Posted: Feb 2016

The trustees of the NPS wish to inform you that unfortunately the election of Mrs Taylor to council has had to be void. In discussions with our solicitors about reviewing the constitution we became aware of rule 12.c which prohibits the President from re-standing as President, President Elect or Council for a period of 2 years after her term of office. We therefore have asked the reserve in the election, Mr Mark Sheen to take up the trustee vacancy. The trustees are mindful that Mrs Taylor was the memberships choice for council so Mrs Taylor has generously agreed to be co-opted onto council. We are fortunate to have both on board and look forward to them becoming part of the team

Spring Festival 2016 Posted: Feb 2016

  • The schedule and entry forms for the 2016 Spring Festival is now available to download.
  • Online entries will open on 1st March but postal entries can be sent in straight away.
  • Entry Fees for the HOYS & RIHS M&M qualifiers are only £30 for members and £40 for non-members if you enter before 4th April.
  • And don't forget to send in your qualification cards for the Winter Finals!
  • For more information go to

Annual Accounts 2015 Posted: Feb 2016

The Annual Accounts can be download HERE

Mrs. Ailsa Pease Posted: Feb 2016

Everyone connected with the National Pony Society was shocked and saddened by the sudden death very recently of Mrs. Ailsa Pease.

She was a highly respected judge for many Societies including the NPS until her retirement, judging at the very highest level and retiring after judging the Hack Championship at Horse of the Year Show.  She judged numerous sections for the NPS over many years and in the days when the Mountain and Moorland classes were ridden, famously rode a Shetland pony (inspite of being tall) to great effect.

She also bred the famous "Lemington" ponies, the stud being started by her mother Mrs. Smith Maxwell. She bred one or two right up to the present which were highly successful in many different spheres, latterly produced by Jerome Harforth. She also bred some famous hacks including Lemington Pavlova.

Our heartfelt condolences go to her family.

The National Pony Society (NPS) Judge's Conference Posted: Feb 2016

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
Stoneleigh Park
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.

2016 NPS/ NAF M&M Working Hunter Pony Longines RIHS Qualifiers

The National Pony Society are excited to announce the Shows that will be holding 2016 NPS/ NAF M&M Working Hunter Pony Longines Royal International Horse Show Qualifiers

Please click here for qualifying dates

2015 Showing Council Conference

NPS Annual Review

Advertising and Photo Gallery in the 2016 NPS Annual Review are now available. Why not celebrate your success this season with a photo in our photo gallery? All full page Stud Adverts receive a complimentary opposing page of editorial. All copy and payment must be received by the office by Friday 20th November Please click here to download

109th NPS Summer Championships

Mark sheets from the 109th NPS Summer Championships are now available for download. Please click here

Social Media Policy

It has come to our attention that some National Pony Society members are posting derogatory comments regarding our Judges on Social Media. We do monitor social media, and keep a record of both past and current inflammatory or derogatory posts. The rules of the NPS apply to members when using social media and the internet. Please be aware that failure to adhere to the Social Media and Internet Policy Rule 5, could lead to disciplinary action being taken against a member.

Rule Book Update Posted: February 2015

There has been an amendment to the NPS Rule Book 2015. Please - CLICK HERE for more details

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Online Membership System Available

If you are a current NPS Member please enter your NPS membership number in the lowest box to log in. If you are not a current NPS member but wish to enter online please click "Join Now". Membership packages can be purchased after registering, if required, however non-members may enter all classes (excluding NPS Finals) at the NPS Summer Championships.

If you have any issues using the online system please contact us on or on 01420 88333


Please be aware that we have been informed of a scam asking members for donations to the NPS. The National Pony Society will never phone anyone asking for donations. Any phone call legitimately from the NPS will come from either 01420 88333 and 02476858XXX (Main Office) or 01933 304868(Studbook)


At a recent meeting of the National Pony Society Council a complaint re class 3 Irish registered Connemara ponies being shown in the UK was discussed. more
The memorial service will take place next month, Thursday 28 January at 2.30pm more
The NPS 2016 Judges & Rules books are now available. Please see the website for more details more
Memberships for 2015 are now available online or through the website. more
We are now taking bookings for the NPS Review 2016. Advertising and Photo Gallery bookings more
Entries are now open for the NPS Young Judges Competition. more
NPS Office Relocation. Full details on the news page more
From 2014 all ridden stallions competing in NPS classes whether owned by NPS members or non-members are required to clearly display a stallion marker. more
Please see the News or Area Training page for dates and details more
The Society is delighted that many of our longstanding sponsors are supporting us through the 2016 season. more
The NPS Qualifying Shows are now available online more



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