Category: Training

Posts that give people up to date news on training events orginised by NPS and its partners.

NPS Training Bursaries

In 2020, 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 2020.

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.

The link to the application form is Here

Please complete and email to the  no later than 1st June 2020.

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.



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



Notice of judges

NPS Scotland  –   In Hand Show

Saturday, 20th October 2018

9.30am prompt

Netherton Equestrian Centre, Aberargie, Perth PH2 9NE

Open to Members and Non-Members of NPS Scotland

Open to all breeds and part bred horses and ponies

Timetable and Judges

Section Judge
Ring 1


Shetland Ponies

Riding Ponies/Hunter Ponies/Light Horse

Any  Breed

Mr K Adam, Fishcross, Alloa

Mrs A Brown, Kinnesswood, Kinross Mrs A Brown, Kinnesswood, Kinross

Ring 2


Mountain & Moorland Ponies

Highland Ponies

Mrs A Brown, Kinnesswood, Kinross

Mrs JBW Connell, Auchtermuchty, Fife

Supreme Championships will place immediately after all classes are judged All Judges


Entry Fees and closing dates


ENTRIES  CLOSE All Exhibitors, NPS Scotland Members and non-Members
14th October Postal Entries £ 8.00
17th October On Line Entries £8.00
Entries on the Day £12.00



2018 Young Judges Competition

On behalf of NPS Scotland I would like to thank everyone for expressing an interest in representing NPS Scotland in the Young Judges competition at the NPS Championships at Malvern on Monday 30th July 2018.
I am delighted to announce that we have two teams and 3 individuals going forward which are as follows:-

Katie Aitchison
Shanyn Wilson
Emily More
Jodie Caig

Rosie Mylius
Iona Bruce
Josh Naylor
Alexandra MacMillan

Brooke Kehoe
Enya McKnight
Gregor McMillan



Clothing Orders open

Orders open for 2018 NPS Scotland Championships Branded Clothing

This year we are again offering NPS Scotland polo shirts, zip tops and hoodies which will have the NPS Scotland logo embroidered on the front with the names of all the ponies entered at our 2018 BLAIR FINALS printed on the back (similar to those you can purchase at HOYS, PC Champs, etc).  An excellent memento of your NPS Scotland day at Blair.

The hoodies are of excellent quality and we have gone for an upgraded polo shirt this year as shown.

Please make your order as soon as possible.   ORDERS WILL CLOSE ON MONDAY 6th AUGUST.

I’m afraid no late orders will be accepted after this date to allow us to have them ready for collection at the Finals.

Please make your order on line via entrymaster or by post using the order form.  All orders will be available to collect from the NPS Secretary’s tent adjacent to our showing rings on the day.


Print and Post Form

clothing order form




Entry Master Order Online Click here

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