2019 January Newsletter

From the Board

The Board of Directors met on Wednesday 8th January. The Judges’ Policy has had it’s annual review and National level judges now only have to attend a RPSBS Judges seminar once in every five years.

RPSBS State Committees have to hold a Judges’ seminar at least once every 2 years.

A Draft Policy and Procedures document has been formulated and can be perused on the rpsbs web site. Deadline for member feedback on this draft policy is due by February 28th, 2019.

Working Hunter heights have been reviewed and are now in line with those of the Welsh Pony & Cob Society with no minimum heights.

Any members wishing to nominate for State Committees must be full financial members of RPSBS Ltd as at January 31st 2019 and must submit nominations to the National Office by April 20th 2019.  A full list of the State Annual Meeting information will be available on the rpsbs web site by the end of January.

All state committees and RPSBS members are reminded that any paperwork or submissions by members to the Board must be submitted to the National Office at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the Board meeting. 

The next meeting of the Board will be Monday March 25th and the Annual General Meeting is being held in Western Australia on Saturday 15th June.

2019 RPSBS Australian Performance Horse Magazine National Annual High Point Awards 

Welcome to our new sponsor
County Saddlery AUS who have come onboard to sponsor the Amateur led and ridden awards in the show / hunter section.

Please support the our valued sponsors:
Australian Performance Horse Magazine
Barastoc Horse
County Saddlery Australia
Essential Equine Nutrition
Horse Deals
Giddy-Up Girl
Olympus Feeds
The NRG Team
Realities Cold Cast Bronze

We are still looking for sponsors, if you would like to support this new initiative please email publicity@rpsbs.com.au

Congratulations to this months current leaders, remember anything can change.. make sure you submit your results!

Essential Equine Nutrition Ridden Show / Hunter Pony:
Gracie Humphreys & Karlana Spring Chatter

Horse Deals Ridden Overheight Show / Hunter Hack:
Ashleigh Shearer Dynasty Park Hot Chocolate

Ridden Performance Pony: Leanne Moore Sheldene Benallen

Olympus Feeds Led Show / Hunter Pony:
Gracie Humphreys & Karlana Spring Chatter​

Led Youngstock Pony (3 years & under
Nicole Riemer & Riegal Secret Love

Led Overheight Show / Hunter Hack:
Amanda Phillips Karma Park Tom Collins

RPSBS Annual


We are starting to work on the 2019 Annual and we are on the lookout for photos to feature in the annual from our current members.

IMPORTANT: If you want your pony to be considered for inclusion, then you must submit your photo!

2019 Upcoming Events

REMEMBER Competing at RPSBS State Committee Events means you gain the MOST points, and more chances to win in our Leaderboard.

12th Jan 19 TAS Riding Pony Annual Show  Click Here

12th Jan 19 VIC Equinade Riding Pony of the Year Show Click Here

20th Jan 19 VIC Equinade Youngstock Show   Click Here

17th Feb 19 WA Riding Pony All Breeds Show Click Here

VIC Committee News

The Victorian Riding Pony of the Year show is being held this weekend on the 12th January with ENTRIES BEING TAKEN ON THE DAY.

This show features UK Judges Mr Peter Emmerson UK and Mrs Sarah Newbold UK.  Garlands, Sponsored Rugs, Equinade Products, Hygain Vouchers, Top Horse Vouchers.

Thank you to our major sponsors of this show:

Hygain Feeds

For the schedule: https://www.rpsbs.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/RPOTY2018-Complete.pdf

December saw the Vic Committee run the Masters at the Geelong Showgrounds alongside the APSB Vic Branch Stud show. Congratulations to all competitors that attended the show. These initiatives are essential if we are to continue to provide exhibition opportunities to our members so please continue to embrace and support them.

On that note the new year hosts three shows.

12th of January the RPOTY is being held at WPEC in conjunction with the Summer Horse Show. It offers a plethora of prizes and 2 international judges. Entries are available on the day. Thank you to the generosity of our sponsors for supporting this show.

On January 20th we are also running a youngstock show alongside the Welsh GPRPG in Berwick. This is a great opportunity for breeders. The whole program is very extensive. The grounds are very user friendly with a relaxing atmosphere.

9th of February: Equinade RP Summer festival. To be held in conjunction with EV Barastoc Horse of the Year.

All programs can be found on our website. www.rpsbs.com.au/vic/

QLD Committee News


The Riding Pony Stud Boom Society (RPSBS) Qld committee will introduce a new program, venue and time of year for the annual State Show in 2019.

The RPSBS is moving the show out of the breeding and foaling season and incorporating an open hack show into the program with the hope it will attract new competitors.

The RPSBS State show will be held on Saturday March 9th at the Southport Pony Club Grounds, Ned Twohill Lane Southport starting at 8am.

The well-supported Gold Coast Show horse events were recently held on these grounds. The grounds have undergone many improvements and now offer not only an indoor arena but ample parking, camping and stabling.

March will be a busy time for RPSBS Qld as it will also see the Champion of Champions final to be held in conjunction with Toowoomba Royal on Tuesday, 26th March.

This event is like the Grand National State final for registered riding ponies offering rugs, trophies and prize money in each division for Show and Show Hunter Leading Rein, First Ridden, Open 12.2, 13.2, 14.2, and Overheights plus the final of the 2018 Young Judges Competition.

The qualifying performance required for entry to the Champion of Champions is first and second in Ridden RPSBS breed classes at RPSBS Equestrian Australia and Show Horse Council Shows that are qualifiers for National Events and winners of RPSBS Breed classes at any recognised show.

Qualifications for the Young Judges’ Final is a first, second or third in any RPSBS Young judges competition in 2018. Champion of Champions final entries will be with Toowoomba Royal entries and closing date of entries as per 2019 RASQ Horse Schedule.

Full details of all performance requirements are on the Qld Riding Pony web site www.rpsbs.com.au/qld

Judges Seminar

Show Horse Queensland, Show Horse Council Queensland and Riding Pony Queensland will be hosting a joint Judges Seminar with well-known Veterinarian and breeder Andrew Hunt and Charlotte Hunt of Argyle Stud  on  Saturday,  January 12, 2019 at  Beaudesert RSL, 23-25 William Street, Beaudesert

This seminar is open to new and refreshing judges, coaches, riders and anyone interested in the discipline of Show Horse.

Andrew is a Director in the Morphettville Equine Clinic, and since 2001 has been a member of the Australian Equestrian Team Veterinary Panel – attending two Olympic Games, two World Equestrian Games and numerous trans-tasman team events.

Both Andrew and Charlotte  have produced horses to the highest levels within this country – winning at EA Nationals, SHC Grand Nationals, Royal Show Champions and twice we have presented Supreme Champion at Royal Shows. We have both competed to Royal Show level in the UK and together have judged internationally.

Well know local showing identities Darryl Hayes, Mike Smith and Sean Aylett will also share their knowledge at the seminar

This Queensland judges seminar aims to bring you insight of judging show horses not only from the judges viewpoint but also from a competitors and spectators perspective.

The cost is $45 per person for EQ and Riding Pony, $45 Hack Council Only or $75 for the full day  Forms can be downloaded from the Show Horse Queensland Facebook page or www.qld.equestrian.org.au

NSW Committee News

NSW State Committee is also running a judges workshop on January 12th in conjunction with SHC on the Central Coast. This special day will feature the ability to get up to date with all things show wise and also have the ability to meet requirements for both Riding Pony Society and Show Horse Council.

Thank you to the sponsors at the recent NSW Riding Pony Show, they include: Major Sponsor Sutton Farm,  Goldy’s Trailers, Seaham Cattle Company, ACT SHC, Di Godfrey Choices Flooring, S and M McClinock, M and A Warren, Show Horse Council, M Snell Show Horses, and many others. In addition we have Conception Garlands and Rafferty Rugs as sponsors.

Follow the NSW Committee on facebook to keep updated.