Month: January 2019

NPS Scotland Finals Rules 2019

NPS Scotland Finals (Blair Castle) Rules 2019

TO BE RUN UNDER NPS SCOTLAND FINALS (BLAIR CASTLE) RULES 2019 which are on the NPS Scotland website These rules clarify areas particular to NPS Scotland. We also run to the Rules of the NPS and again these can be found on our website.
Exhibitors are deemed to be conversant with these rules.

(There is now no need to print the rules in your schedule)

1a Ponies may only qualify once for each NPS Scotland Competition Final.
1b Ponies that take a second qualifier for the same section will be disqualified from entering the final.
1c It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to ensure that their jockey/handler is aware of their pony’s qualification status

2 All Mountain & Moorland Ponies must be registered in the main body of their respective stud book. Part bred, X registered ponies, ponies in the appendices of their main stud book and Eriskay ponies are not eligible.

3. Qualification in the M. & M In Hand Section may go Champion, Reserve Champion and 1st Reserve Champion. This excludes the NPS Scotland Spring and Summer Shows where 1st and 2nd prize winners will qualify.
Qualification for M&M Novice, Open, WHP, Lead Rein, First Ridden and Riding pony/Hunter pony classes may go to no lower than 4th place.

4. A Judge is not obliged to award an NPS Scotland Finals qualification if he/she feels that the pony is not of a sufficient standard.

5. Cavasson nosebands are the only nosebands permitted in flat ridden class

6. NPS Scotland Kilmannan Novice Ridden
Ponies can compete as novices in this competition for two consecutive years provided they do not submit an entry to the final in the first year.

7. Entries will only be accepted via our on-line entry system, Entry Master
It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to keep the qualification card safely as it is essential to complete your entry. Paper entries will not be accepted.

8. Closing Dates for Entries
Wednesday 31st July 2019 for all shows prior to that date. Shows from 1st to 5th August – the closing date is 8th August
Please refer to NPS Scotland website for directions on” How to submit your entry” on the Entry Master

9. The OWNER must be or become a member of NPS Scotland to enter the Finals.

10. All ridden ponies must be shown off the lead rein except in the specified Lead Rein Qualifier Class.

11. In Mountain and Moorland classes riders of stallions must be 12 years old or over when riding small breeds (Shetland, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Welsh A & B). For large breeds (Highland, Fell, Dales, Connemara, New Forest, Welsh C & D) riders of stallions must be 14 years old or over.

12. A child must have attained their 12th birthday as of the 1st January in the current year to either strip or lunge pony at a NPS show, except for stallions where age will same as in the Rule Book to ride a stallion.

13. Handlers of stallions or colts must be 14 years old or over.

14. Handlers of ponies in In Hand classes aged 14 years and under must wear a correctly secured skull caps/riding hat that meets the current standards.

15. The Finals will take place at the Blair Castle International Horse Trials on Friday 23rd August 2019.


NPS Scotland SPRING SHOW 2019

SNEC, Oatridge College, Ecclesmachen, Broxburn, West Lothian EH52 6NH

Below is everything you need to know about the NPS Spring Show 2019

Following the recent outbreak of equine influenza, equestrian establishments and event venues throughout the U.K have heightened biosecurity procedures and criteria.  It is important for NPS Scotland competitors and visitors to understand that each venue can specify its own biosecurity guidelines, so it is up to all of us to ensure that we have read those guidelines for the particular venue we are attending.   For the avoidance of doubt, do not assume that rules will be the same across all venues.  The Society does not set venue rules and whilst we will endeavour to keep you updated, it is your responsibility to ensure that equine passports and vaccinations are up to date in line with the venue requirements and crucially that you can produce them promptly for checking, if you are asked. With respect to the examination of and ruling on, passport validity, the event vet’s decision shall be final and access denied to invalid passport holders. – For more information click here: Biosecurity_Policy

NPS Scotland Spring Show Schedule 2019

Entry Form 2019

Sponsorship Form 2019

Click here to join: Entry Master Website

Saturday 20th April 2019

M & M FR WHP Pat Rennie
M & M Novice WHP Amanda McHale (J)
Gillian McMurray (C)
M & M Inter WHP Pat Rennie (C)
David Blair (J)
M & M RIHS Qual WHP Pat Rennie (J)
Amanda McHale (C)

Sunday 21st April 2019

M & M Novice Ridden Amanda McHale
M & M Open Ridden Brian Williams
M & M Open Ridden (RIHS) Qual Amanda McHale (R)
Julia Furness (C)
M & M LR/FR Ridden (RIHS) Qual Brian Williams
M & M In Hand Jo Jack
M& M LR, FR, TT Jo Jack
M & M Junior Ridden Jo Jack
RP/HP In Hand Jill Cousens



Blair Castle International Horse Trials, Blair Atholl, Perths

 Friday 23rd August 2019

The following judges have been appointed:

Mrs A Gomersall, Hampshire
  • NPS Scotland/Kilmannan Stud M&M Novice Ridden Championship Final 2019 (R)
  • NPS Scotland/Kilgraston School M&M Lead Rein and First Ridden Championship Final 2019 (R)
  • NPS Scotland/NFU Mutual Insurance Riding Pony/Hunter Pony In Hand Championship Final 2019
Mrs G Cowell, Staffordshire
  • NPS Scotland/Kilmannan Stud M&M Novice Ridden Championship Final 2019 (C)
  • NPS/The Minns Family Ridden Silver Medal Rosette (Scotland) Final 2019
  • NPS Scotland/Townhead Pet n Pony M&M In Hand Championship Final 2019
Mr R Hunt, Bucks
  • NPS Scotland/Kilmannan Stud In Hand Silver Medal Rosette (Scotland) Final 2019
  • NPS Scotland/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Open Ridden Championship Final 2019 (C)
Miss D Spears, Bucks
  • NPS Scotland/Kingfisher Building Products M&M WHP Championship Final 2019 (C)
  • NPS Scotland/Baileys Horse Feeds M&M Open Ridden Championship Final 2019 (R)
Mrs G Cockbain, Cumbria
  • NPS Scotland/Kingfisher Building Products M&M WHP Championship Final 2019 (J)
  • NPS Scotland/Kilgraston School M&M Lead Rein and First Ridden Championship Final 2019 (C)
  • NPS/The Minns Family Silver Medal Rosette Championship
Mr P Baxter and Miss SA Stoker, Co Durham
  • WHP Coursebuilders



NPS Scotland SPOTY 2019

(Scottish Pony of the Year for both In Hand and Ridden Ponies)

Results from the following NPS Scotland shows count and you are automatically entered into this competition:
NPS Scotland Spring Show
NPS Scotland Summer Show
NPS Scotland Blair Championships

Points are allocated on any class and championship placings. However, only your single highest placing on the day counts, along with any championship results.

Results will be announced at the 2020 AGM where special awards will be made to both the In Hand and Ridden winners.

It is your responsibility to make sure that the results posted after each show are correct so that the exact points can be awarded to your pony.

NPS Scotland Spring and Summer Shows NPS Scotland Finals at Blair Castle
1st place = 10 points 1st place = 15 points
2nd place = 8 points 2nd place = 10 points
3rd place = 6 points 3rd place = 8 points
4th place = 4 points 4th place = 6 points
Championship = 15 points Blair Championship = 25 points
Reserve = 10 points Blair Reserve = 20 points


2019 Training Bursary Awards

In 2019, NPS Scotland will once again be offering two training bursaries for under 25 year olds.

These bursaries will be awarded in two age groups. The first being 10 – 17 years and the second to members 18 – 25 years old. Age as of the 1st January 2019.

Applications are open to either children/young adults who are members or whose parents/guardians (in the 10-17 year old award) are NPS Scotland members.

Funding to the value of £150 for each bursary is being offered to further the successful applicants training and education.

We welcome written applications providing your name, and full contact details, along with details of your equestrian experience and achievements, and a summary of what you would like to do to further your training/education with the bursary (approx. 300 words).

Applications should be emailed to no later than 1st June 2019

10 – 14 year old NPS Scotland Bursary 2018

Shanyn Wilson

We are delighted to share a brief report from Shanyn on what she has done with her 2018 bursary.

After purchasing my 3 year old gelding Rivervalley Revolver aka Roger, he went to Kirsty Aird’s in the winter of 2017 for a brief time, during the summer months of last year, Roger and I had lots of fun together, introducing him to big wide world.

As Kirsty knew Roger, I decided use the bursary to further both his and my education. Due to Kirsty’s very busy season, we waited until the winter when Roger would be more mature and stronger within himself.

We had five lessons with Kirsty, we worked on slowing down his walk and trot, taught him to flex his head and neck to improve his suppleness, which helped with his bending and to use his corners and for me to ride better circles. We both learned how to do turn on the forehand and leg yield, boy it was hard work! On to canter, to improve and strengthen his canter, we used canter poles on a circle, this all helped him to keep a rhythm and for me to ride smooth balanced turns, to prepare him for his jumping.

I would like to thank NPS Scotland and of course Kirsty, Roger and I will be continuing our education with her throughout the year, our lessons have been great fun and very hard work.

NPS Scotland Summer Show

Everything you need to know about the NPS Summer Show

Saturday 8th June 2019
Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder PH3 1JZ

The NPS Scotland Committee are delighted to say that, after a three year absence, we are to be returning back to Strathallan Castle for our Summer Show 2019, by very kind permission of Anna Roberts.

We are in the process of completely revamping the schedule, with new classes, a new timetable and a complete refresh of this event.

We very much hope you will put the date in your diary and support this Show. It is one of the most fantastic venues in Scotland and we are all delighted to be returning to what we like to call our ‘home ground’.

Summer Show 2019 Entry Form

Summer Show 2019 Schedule

Summer Show 2019 Timetable

Summer Show 2019 Judges List

Summer Show 2019 Sponsorship Form

Horse and rider

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