2021 February Bulletin

From the Board

March Board of Directors Meeting:  Wednesday 17th March, 2021 via video conference commencing 9.30am eastern summer time.  Members are reminded that any material they wish to be presented at the Board meeting must be submitted at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting so it can be included in the Board papers.  If an urgent issue arises after that date and does not require the Directors to research the topic then a late item can be accepted up to four (4) days prior to the meeting.

State Committees: Nominations open on March 1, 2021 and close on March 22 for positions on State Riding Pony Committees commencing May, 2021. State Committee members who were elected in 2018 must re-nominate to remain on committee.

To be eligible to nominate a member must have held a membership with full voting rights for at least a year and have been a voting member in the state for which they are nominating prior to 31st January 2021.  The form must also be signed by a member nominating the candidate.  This person must also satisfy the above conditions.  A resume must be attached to the nomination for it to be accepted.

To download the 2021 State Committee Nomination Form, click on the following link: https://www.rpsbs.com.au/2021-state-committee-elections/

State Committees play a most important role in the Society.  It is through their efforts that members get the opportunities to exhibit their animals in their respective states.  I encourage all members to consider nominating and, for those members unable to make that commitment to support their state committee by supporting their events by competing or offering assistance.

Registration Rule Changes: Last newsletter the following important Registration Rule change was announced.

Membership is required in order to register, transfer or lease Section A stallion, colt, mare or filly but other animals can be registered, transferred or leased without a membership requirement.  Membership is needed in order to show in any RPSBS classes run under RPSBS Ltd. rules.  Transactions for non-members will incur a $40 surcharge per transaction.

This change has been re-introduced to encourage the numerous non-Riding Pony breeders using Riding Pony stallions, to register their foals without the necessity of become financial members of the Society.  Obviously, communicating this rule change to non-members is difficult.  We ask for the assistance of our breeders and members to communicate this rule change to non-members who have bred to Riding Pony Stallions and encourage them to register the foals.

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 17th March 2021 commencing 9.30am Eastern Summer Time.  Any submissions to the Board are required by 3rd March.

From the National Office

A reminder that the RPSBS Ltd landline 02 4577 5530 is manned daily from 11am to 4 pm eastern summer time each working day. 

For all registration and membership inquiries please email: registrar@rpsbs.com.au and, another reminder to check the Society’s website www.rpsbs.com.au before phoning the office as all fees, forms and most information can be accessed on the site.  The web site is an up-to-date comprehensive source of information and forms.

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

Members are reminded to check their paperwork carefully before submitting to the National Office.  There are many incomplete forms being submitted with most of these having to be returned for a second time.  Please do not Direct Deposit monies into the Society’s account until you email or post the corresponding paperwork and ensure that the deposit is referenced with the member’s name.

A $20 send back fee is imposed for any paperwork that has to be returned a second time to the member for correction.

A penalty of up to $1,000 may be applied if a registration application is submitted with false or misleading information; e.g., registering an animal as a gelding that has not been gelded.

Members requesting transactions to be processed at short notice will be charged a priority processing fee.

In Memoriam

Geoff Penaluna of “Courtney Lodge”, Pakenham 18.6.1945 – 26.1.2021 was a founding and life member of the Riding Pony Society in Australia.

Geoff was Registrar/Treasurer in 1978; Vice President/Treasurer in ’79; Federal President from 1980 – 82 and then a Victorian Federal delegate for a number of years. He was on both the RPSBS Judges’ and Classifiers’ Panels in those early days when animals were being classified as Riding Ponies. The Society will be forever grateful for his many years of dedicated service.

Upcoming Events

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

13th February – TAS TAS State Riding Pony Show

13th February – VIC Victorian Riding Pony Summer Festival

21st February – WA RPSBS WA Youngstock Show & Working Hunter

14th March – QLD State Riding Pony of the Year Show

Toowoomba Royal Show: The show is being held with a reduced 3-day programme commencing Friday 16th April.  Riding Pony classes have been included with a full open show programme.  Unfortunately, there are no youngstock classes but it is hoped that the RAS will hold a breed show later in the year in which there would be a full Riding Pony program.

Horse entries close on 22nd February.  To access the schedule, go to:


WA Committee News

We are holding a youngstock show on the 21st of February at Perth horse and pony grounds. Led  Youngstock classes. Ridden and child riding classes.. also whp classes..
Judge is Mrs Eileen Morris, Gem Park Stud

Program: https://www.rpsbs.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/RPSBS-WA-YOUNGSTOCK-SHOW-SCHEDULE-2021.pdf

VIC Committee News

2546725.jpg2021 has certainly started with gusto for Victoria.We were so pleased to run a successful and popular RPOTY show at WPEC in conjunction with EV and the Summer Show.Some of our major winners:

Robbanie Truly Fair claimed the Amy Stewart Memorial Supreme Champion Riding Pony owned by Emma Richardson and ridden by Daniel McNamara

Royal Opera (pictured right) owned by Darren Telford, Greg and Eleanor Gerry and ridden by Reece Lawson, were the winners of the Uhavta Stud Supreme Ridden RPSBS Show Hack/Hunter and the Astral Park Supreme Champion Senior In Hand Show Hack/Show Hunter.

Wyoming Park Royal Secret (pictured at the bottom) took home the flowers for Supreme Champion Junior Show Pony (owner/exhibitor Nancy & Sally Miller) and

Uhavta Nice N Naughty owner/exhibitor Maryjane Mitton and Helen Burns, was awarded The Walsh Family Supreme In Hand Senior Riding Pony.

Thanks must go to our two judges Melanie McGuire and Charlotte Hunt, our many volunteers, stewards and committee members alike.

It is a unified effort to run these shows and without all our generous supporters our day wouldn’t go off with such a BANG so for that we are forever grateful.

We have the Victorian Riding Pony Summer Festival on the horizon (13th of February) and the next edition of Rosette will be in your inboxes soon.