2021 April Bulletin

From the Board

March Board of Directors Meeting:  A Board of Directors’ meeting was held on Wednesday 17th March, 2021 via video conference. A Conflict-of-Interest Policy for Board Directors was adopted and will be inserted in the Policy and Procedures Manual.  An Information Management Policy was adopted that will assist State Publicity Officers by clearly defining the roles of monthly information bulletins and state newsletters. The policy provides guidance to state committees as to how material for state newsletters  is to be selected to avoid any suggestion of favouritism.  This policy will be included in the State Structures and Procedures document.

Newcomer Scheme: The decision was made at the Board meeting to standardise the Riding Pony Newcomer Scheme across Australia from January 1st, 2022.  The 2020 – 2021 newcomer seasons in Queensland and Western Australia have been extended to 31st December, 2021.

From 1st January 2022, the RPSBS Ltd. Newcomer season in all states will be from January 1 to December 31.  The newcomer fee will be same in all states and will be determined annually by the RPSBS Ltd. Board of Directors.  Statuary declarations will no longer be required as a declaration will be incorporated into the entry.  Full details will be provided later.

2021 Annual General Meeting:  Due to the ongoing uncertainty created by COVID-19, the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Riding Pony Stud Book Society Ltd. will again be conducted by video conference. The meeting will commence at 1.00pm Saturday, 3rd July, 2021.  A link to register to attend will be in the May newsletter.

State Committees: Nominations for election to the RPSBS Ltd. State Committees closed on March 22. The result is as follows:

New South Wales:  2 vacancies with 2 valid nominations received.  Di Godfrey and Sandra James have been re-elected.

Queensland:  5 vacancies with 3 valid nominations received. Amanda O’Sullivan, Peter Hudson and Greg Smith have been re-elected.

Victoria: 3 vacancies and 4 valid nominations received. An online election is being held to select 3 committee members from the following nominations: Jodi Dalgleish, Di Jose, Sally Murrell-Rich and Rebecca Wall.

All financial Victorian members with voting rights were emailed instructions on how to vote on 1st April, 2021.  Voting is from April 1 to April 14.  Any financial Victorian member with voting rights should have received a voter ID and password by email on April 1.  Please email the Board secretary at secretary@rpsbs.com.au if you failed to receive the email.  (Please check your junk mail first)

Tasmania:  7 vacancies and 3 valid nominations received. Jess Campbell was re-elected.  Janelle Calder and Alana Mineham who were co-opts are now elected members.

South Australia:  2 vacancies and no nominations were received.

Western Australia:  3 vacancies and 1 valid nomination was received from Marlene Kinder who re-joins the committee.

Congratulations and many thanks from all RPSBS members to all the successful applicants for volunteering your services.

From the National Office

The recent floods in western Sydney have significantly disrupted the processing of paperwork at our National office. Having a number of staff forced to work from home and with postal services disrupted has meant the processing of paperwork was severely disrupted and phones went unanswered.  Members are requested to   email rather than phone whenever possible.

For all registration and membership inquiries email: registrar@rpsbs.com.au .

All information, forms and fees are available at  www.rpsbs.com.au.  The web site is an up-to-date comprehensive source of information and forms.

For communications to the Board of Directors email: secretary@rpsbs.com.au.

Transfer applications MUST BE POSTED to the National Office WITH THE REGISTRATION PAPERS.

When emailing paperwork please do not embed a photo in the email but attach it as a file. and another reminder to not Direct Deposit monies into the Society’s account until you email or post the paperwork.

Upcoming Events

Remember the exhibitor, rider and handler all need to be current members to compete.

5th May – VIC Riding Pony Foal Classes @ APSB North Central Group  Foal & Youngstock Show

10th May – QLD Annual General Meeting

11th May – SA Annual General Meeting

12th May – WA Annual General Meeting

20th May – TAS Annual General Meeting

22nd May – NSW Annual General Meeting

22nd May – VIC Annual General Meeting

22nd May – WA – Riding Pony Stud Book WA Foal of the Year Show and Youngstock Challenge

6th June – VIC Riding Pony Foal Classes @ NEBRG Welsh Winter Fair  Foal & Youngstock Show

3rd July – National Riding Pony Stud Book Society Ltd Annual Meeting Of Members

QLD Committee News

The 2021 RPSBS Qld State Show was held at the Burpengary Equestrian Centre on Sunday 14th March with South Australian Judges Margaret Fricker (Ring 1) and Lia Blacket (Ring 2).
  • Supreme Led Youngstock Show Hunter Pony Amanda Phillips Gracefield Make N Memories
  • Supreme Led Youngstock Show Pony Jessica Hannan Hannaley Top Girl
  • Supreme Led Overheight Exhibit Nici Jamieson London Spy
  • Supreme Led Show Pony Logan Hahn Sirrah Distraction
  • Supreme Led Show Hunter Pony Kristen Taunton Whitmere Royal Opera
  • Supreme Ridden Show Pony Lola Alaia Nalinga Piano Man
  • Supreme Ridden Show Hunter Pony Sue Poultney Greenfield Walking Glory
  • Supreme Ridden Overheight Exhibit Kristen Taunton Jon Pierre
  • Supreme Ridden Childs’ Pony Holly Taunton Whitmere Royal Opera
  • Champion Mini Pony Lola Alaia Koorana Music Man
  • Champion Double Registered exhibit – Tremayne Royal Opera  Charlee Anthony
  • Best Junior Handler under 12 years Anastasia Blanch
  • Best Junior Handler 12 to 17 years Kimberley Webb
  • Best Senior Handler Jacqueline Deverill
  • Best Rider 8 & under 12 years Anastasia Blanch
  • Best Rider 12 to 17 years Chelsea Taunton
  • Best: Exhibitor: 2021 RPSBS Qld State Show Exhibitor Total Points Cathy, Sarah & Abby Young
  • Best: Breeder: 2021 RPSBS Qld State Show Breeder Total Points Bordershow Stud
  • Best: Exhibitor: 2021 RPSB Qld State Show Exhibit Total Points Exhibitor Whitmere Royal Opera 80 Kristen Bates-Taunton (pictured)

VIC Committee News

Notice to our Victorian Members that our AGM will be on Saturday 22nd May at the Werribee RSL, Synnot Street, Werribee. More information  to follow.

We are running classes at two foal shows this year. 

APSB North Central Group
Foal & Youngstock Show
Sunday 9th of May
Heathcote Showgrounds.

NEBRG Welsh Winter Fair
Foal & Youngstock Show
Sunday 6th of June
Tatura Equestrian Park

Our last show of the season was the Summer Festival held in conjunction with Barastoc HOTY. Our Supremes were as follows;

Supreme Champion In Hand Riding Pony:  Highgrove In Your Dreams – Ellery, Thomson & Goldsmith. Sponsored by Sally Murrell-Rich, Avalon Park.

Supreme Champion Ridden Riding Pony:  Highgrove In Your Dreams – Ellery, Thomson & Goldsmith. Sponsors Wine Back on View, Bendigo.

Supreme Champion In Hand RPSB Show Hack/Show Hunter: Glo Brook Distinction – Paul Morath. Sponsors Whitmere Stud & RPSB Victorian Committee.
Supreme Champion Ridden RPSB Show Hack/Show Hunter:  Kolbeach Holly’s Ruby – Georgina Matheson – Linden Hearn OAM

Thank you also to Sandi Pearce of Cantik Park for sponsoring our Champion In Hand Senior Show Pony won by our eventual supreme Highgrove In Your Dreams who was also the winner of the Barastoc Supreme in Hand.We are always grateful to our sponsors and welcome new supporters so please feel free to contact us.

NSW Committee News

New South Wales has been able to continue showing throughout the Summer months and it has been great to have some normality.

The Committee has put together another opportunity for Riding Ponies to get out and about in the form of a specialty Riding Pony ring at the upcoming Minto Show.Date is Sunday 14 March, with our ring having a staggered start once bulk of Minto classes are complete. Two Shows in one day at one venue!!! Entries are via Nominate under the “Minto Show” and will include youngstock through to Overheights.  A fabulous time to get all the ponies out before Sydney Royal whilst they are in beautiful coat. Our judge on the day is Mr Greg Shepherd, and we thank him for volunteering his day for us.  It is hoped that members will support this initiative of the committee and come along.

Best wishes to members who are competing at the forthcoming Southern Cross Showhorse Spectacular and Grand National! Enjoy your lovely animals and enjoy seeing friends once again.

QLD Committee News

Shows and events are up and running again in Qld, and the calendar is filling up with hack shows and ag shows giving out competitors plenty to do.

The RPSBS Qld Committee will run the annual State Show on 14 March 2021 at Burpengary Equestrian Centre 350 Rowley Rd., Burpengary starting at 8:00am.

The judges for the 2021 Qld state riding pony show Lia Blackett SA  and Margret Fricker SA. The Riding Pony breed classes in Rings 1 and 2 feature RPSBS registered led youngstock, senior ponies and overheight horses, ridden Show and Show Hunter Ponies and Show/ Show Hunter Hacks exc. 14.2hh, Newcomer and Home Produced Riding Ponies and Overheights and Double Registered classes.

The Newcomer Sweepstakes finals will be held for Show, Show Hunter and Overheights that hold 2019/20

Newcomer Cards at this event along with newcomer classes for ponies that hold 2020/21 Newcomer Cards.

The Toowoomba Royal Show will be run from Friday 16 April until Sunday 18 April 2021. The Horse Section of the Toowoomba Royal Show will be significantly reduced due to the COVID restrictions placed upon the RASQ by the Queensland Government and Queensland Health.

Friday will include The Riding Pony program and include classes for Riding Pony Show Pony, Riding Pony Show Hunter and Overheight RPSBS.

Saturday will feature the Children Rider Classes, Adult Rider Classes, Novice and Open Pony Hacks, Novice and Open Galloway Hacks, Novice and Open Hacks and Sunday Novice and Open Show Hunter Pony, Novice and Open Show Hunter Galloway, Novice and Open Show Hunter Horse.

While entries for these events are closed  Sponsorships is still being taken and would be greatly appreciated. If you have entered why not come along and have a look at some of the lovely horses on show

Stay tuned to the Qld RPSBS website and Facebook for updates and news on what’s happening in Qld.

TAS Committee News

2557829.jpgThe Tasmanian Riding Pony Show was held on Saturday 13th February. The judge in attendance was Bernadette Warren. The RPSBS of Tasmania would like to congratulate all members who attended the show. Some of the major award winners were as follows;

•Simonn Mansley and Tiana Shiloah took out the SUPREME CHAMPION RIDDEN EXHIBIT – Receiving the ‘Fairfield Ballerina’ perpetual trophy and momento donated by Fairfield Stud. (Pictured below)

•Jess and Anne Campbell’s Melody Park Kingdom of Heaven took out the SUPREME CHAMPION LED SHOW pony – receiving the perpetual trophy donated by Kaylee Lodge Stud.

•Lynda Anderton’s Anderton Park Annabella took out the SUPREME LED SHOW HUNTER EXHIBIT – Receiving the perpetual trophy donated by Home Vale Stud and was Champion Ridden Show (Pictured right)

•Jess and Anne Campbell’s Bayview Gold Class took out the Champion Ridden Overheight Exhibit.

Thank you to all members who came and supported the show.


Vale Penny Woods

2557821.jpgThe Tasmanian Riding Pony Committee acknowledge the recent passing of Penny Woods. The committee, alongside all members, offer our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Penny.

Penny was an outstanding and successful competitor and was always there to help anyone out. Her smile, kind words and support never went unnoticed.

She will be greatly missed.