Year: 2021

Results of the 2021 Training Bursary Awards

NPS Scotland were delighted with the number of applications received for the two training bursaries on offer for under 25-year-olds. Traditionally these bursaries are awarded in two age groups, 10 – 17 years and the second to members 18 – 25 years old.  In view of the great response of applicants for 2021 and the fact we gave no bursaries during 2020 the committee of NPS Scotland have decided to offer four bursaries for 2021.

The worthy winners of these bursaries are:

Click on names below:

Lauren Cohen 21 years

Hannah Nicolson 16 years

Daisy Fleming 12 years

Katie Parker 10 years

Congratulations to the recipients of the bursaries and we wish them well in their continued training and education and look forward to seeing them competing in 2022.

We will open applications for the 2022 Bursaries in January 2022 and look forward to receiving lots of applications again  for these £150 bursary awards.

NPS Scotland ~ Stealing the Show!

NPS Scotland – SEIB British Showing Awards 2021 – Showing Scene Show Area of the Year

We are absolutely delighted to have won the Show Area of the Year category at the British Showing Awards dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on Friday 22nd October 2021.

We were nominated by one of our members for this award along with 24 other areas/societies that was then drawn down to the top 6 by Showing World.  The winner was then decided on how many people voted for them.  Fiona Roebuck, Kirsty Miller, Emma-Jane Murray and Alicia Hay went down to the dinner to receive the trophy at the awards dinner.

A huge thank you to all our members for your support in voting for us.



What a brilliant event NPS Scotland held on Sunday 26th September 2021 at SNEC, Oatridge College, Broxburn to celebrate 60 years of the National Pony Society in Scotland. We couldn’t have put on a more modern, practical, entertaining, and very educational day for all who attended.  It was a showcase of professionalism and vision, that was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

Erik and Russell Mackechnie-Guire gave the most outstanding presentations and both did a fabulous job in turning the whole timetable of the day into practical scenarios, which was then supported by scientific evidence.  No stone was left unturned.  Tom Best was our excellent MC for the day who opened the day with a brief history of the NPS in Scotland, then kept the day running to time.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event to celebrate the 60 years of the NPS in Scotland.  A huge thank you to all the pony providers and helpers on the day and our very grateful thanks to the National Pony Society and the RHASS for their support of the event. 

Please click here for pictures of this fantastic event.

Invitation to NPS Scotland Young Judges to BSPS Scotland Future/Young Judges Training

Fiona Stewart of BSPS Scotland has very kindly opened the invitation to NPS Scotland members to attend a session on judging conformation at Whitehills Farm, Cupar, Fife KY15 5PD.

On Saturday 2nd October at 2pm.

No charge. All young/future judges welcome.

If you would like to attend, please contact Fiona direct on 07714269793.


Biomechanics and its effect on equine performance”
Presented by Erik Mackechnie-Guire FBHS and Dr Russell Mackechnie-Guire

The National Pony Society established its first committee in Scotland in 1961 and re-launched in 2001 as the NPS Scotland. Its aims and objectives remain the same namely to promote the interests in the breeding, improvement, showing and welfare of the Native Breeds and the British Riding Pony in Scotland.

In celebration of these 60 years, NPS Scotland is hosting the first Biomechanics event in Scotland led by two experts in the field. This event should deliver a memorable and unique day for the participants through practical displays enhanced by modern technology and discussions supported by theory and scientific evidence.

For more information please click here

To buy tickets for this event please click here

VOTE FOR NPS Scotland in The Showing the Scene Show Area of the Year


NPS Scotland were nominated along with 24 other Society’s and Areas for the 2021 SEIB Showing Awards, Show Area of the year. We have now been shortlisted to the top 6 and the winner will now be decided on how many votes they receive, so please vote for NPS Scotland.

NPS Scotland was formed in 2001, and how special would that be if we could win show area of the year for our 20th Anniversary.

Voting is now open at so please vote for us now. Voting closes on the 19th September 2021.

Winners and Runners Up will be announced at our fabulous British Showing Awards Dinner on Friday 22nd October 2021 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Lots of voting please Members and friends.
NPS Scotland Committee

A huge well done to our 2021 Young Judges Team

NPS Scotland team of Gregor MacMillan, Hannah Nicholson, Alexandra MacMillan and Shanyn Wilson gave a sterling performance on Monday 2nd August at the NPS Summer Championships, Malvern to come Overall 3rd in the competition, and be the highest placed Mountain and Moorland team.  Gregor won the 19 – 25 years section, Alexandra was 3rd  and Hannah 6th in the 14 – 18 years section.

A huge thank you must go to the team for representing NPS Scotland along with all parents and supporters that allowed this to happen and a special thank you to Richard Telford who coached the team.

A great result, and well done everyone.

NPS Summer Show 2021 Results

Again NPS Scotland had a beautiful sunny weekend at the picturesque setting of Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder for their Summer Show on Sat 24th & Sun 25th July 2021.  Some lovely ponies forward and entries travelling from the island of Shetland in the North to the Scottish Borders. 

As usual Graham Barclay built a great Working Hunter Pony course on Saturday to find our Supreme Working Hunter pony of the show, Shambo Ben owned and ridden by Ellis Simister from Ayrshire.

The Sunday brought the In Hand and Ridden exhibitors with some very strong classes forward in the M & M sections.  This day was Trailtrow Tearlach’s, owned and bred by Gillian McMurray and shown by Gillian to take the Supreme In Hand before daughter Kirstin rode him to also take the Supreme Ridden Championship. 

Our grateful thanks to  Anna Roberts at Strathallan Castle for allowing us to hold our show there and to all the judges, stewards, sponsors, and helpers who we couldn’t run without,  and of course to all our exhibitors who supported the show to make it a great day for everyone.

Please click here for Results, Gallery & Mark Sheets

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