2021 May Bulletin

From the Board

Communicating with the Board:  Members are reminded that all communication with the Directors of the Board is via the email address: secretary@rpsbs.com.au using the feedback form which can be downloaded from https://www.rpsbs.com.au/the-society/feedback/.

Newcomer Scheme: As stated in the April bulletin, the Riding Pony Newcomer Scheme will be standardised throughout Australia as from January 1st, 2022.  The 2020 – 2021 newcomer seasons in Queensland and Western Australia have been extended to 31st December, 2021.  All existing state newcomer rules remain in place until January 1, 2022.  Details of the rules and registration procedure will be provided after the September Board meeting.

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 11.00am Saturday, 3rd July, 2021.  A registration form to attend the AGM will be included in the June Information Bulletin.

2021 State Annual Meetings: All states are holding their State Annual Meetings via video conference. Qld 10th May at 7.00pm;   SA 11th May at 7.45pm;   WA  12th May at 6.00pm;   Tas 20th May at 7.00pm; NSW 22nd May at 11am;   Vic at 11.30am.

Financial, voting Members of RPSBS Ltd. wishing to attend their State’s Annual Meeting need to register by email with their State Secretaries at least 5 days prior to the meeting.  Once their financial status has been verified, secretaries will then reply by email with a link to the meeting.

The State Meetings will have a time limit of one hour.  Reports will be published on the states’ web sites prior to the meeting.  Members wishing to put questions on notice are asked to submit them at least five (5) days prior to the meeting using the feedback form (see dot point 1).  Please note that only questions relating to state committee matters will be addressed at these meetings.  Questions relating to Board matters need to be addressed to the RPSBS Ltd Board using the Board secretary email for discussion at the Annual General Meeting at the beginning of July.

Questions on notice will be answered first after which any member present may ask one question.  If there is time after all members present have had a chance to ask a question, a member may ask a second question.

From the National Office

Important reminder when submitting paperwork:

Please ensure paperwork is submitted immediately on making any direct bank transfers to ensure payments can be receipted promptly and correctly before end of month reconciliations.

Transfer Applications cannot be recorded/processed until the Society is in receipt of the Original Registration Certificate so please mail transfers to the office (preferably with tracking). Do not email transfers.

If emailing any other paperwork, please first ensure the pdf or jpg is legible when viewed as an A4 size document, and then attach the file to your email.  Please do not embed or insert the file into your email.

Inserting/embedding often means that they cannot be printed easily on one page and are often illegible, meaning we have to request new scans or images from the sender.

2021 RPSBS Annual

We are now working on the 2021 RPSBS Annual, and are requesting photo submissions!
  • Royal Shows
  • Grand Nationals
  • Open Shows
  • Children’s Ponies
  • Amateur / Home Produced
  • Pony Club / Interschools
  • Performance Ponies
  • State committee run events

Remember, photo submissions do not guarantee inclusion, however we do our best. To guarantee inclusion, please support us by either advertising or purchasing a members gallery photo from only $88.00

Story Submissions

We are also taking story submissions and ponies / people remembered submissions. We need to be notified of these as soon as possible to we can leave enough room for your inclusion. Please email annual@rpsbs.com.au

2021 RPSBS Children’s Activity Competition

We are excited to be running our Children’s competition on the back of the success of our 2020 Colouring Competition. This year we have a colouring and story competition with some great prizes and fun activities for the kids!

Upcoming Events

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

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

NSW Committee News

The last few week has seen NSW host some of the most prestigious Horse Shows in the Country. How lucky we are to be able to enjoy watching the best Show Horses in Australia in our backyard!

Of course Riding Pony bred exhibits featured heavily in the placings in almost all categories. Not surprising as that is essentially what they are – Show animals.

Huge congratulations to all of the members whose exhibits triumphed in these massive fields. No mean feat at all. We all know how much time, expense, soul, and sacrifice go into these wins, so well done. Its not just the winners though that put in the hours etc. Acknowledgment also to everyone who produced their exhibits so brilliantly. Not all of us can win the ribbons, but we love our ponies just the same- well done.

Sydney Royal Riding Ponies this year were overseen by judge Cath Bradley from Victoria. Her experience in the breeding of Riding Ponies and Show Horses came to the fore with her chosen exhibits being of lovely true-to-type animals.

Grand Champion Led exhibit was the chestnut mare Highgrove In Your Dreams exhibited by Kym Ellery. A beautifully conformed pony. She came to the Grand Championship via the mare or Filly championship, where Merry Mittens of Royalwood stood Reserve Champion. The Stallion or Colt Championship was won by Mrs Alison Doyles and Daisy Patch Studs Rotherwood Spring Parade. Best Led Gelding winner was also the Ridden Championship victor – Pickwick Park Mr Darcy owned by Sarah Reiger.

The last few week has seen NSW host some of the most prestigious Horse Shows in the Country. How lucky we are to be able to enjoy watching the best Show Horses in Australia in our backyard!

QLD Committee News

Toowoomba Royal Show Riding Pony classes were held on Friday 12th April.  Due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 the horse events were paired back to a three day program with most breed  Youngstock classes deleted.

The Show Pony Classes were judged by Mrs Cindy Ross (Qld).  Her Supreme Champion Led Show Pony was Louise McNeish’s  stallion Victoria Tower Wishlist by Victoria Tower Summer Serenade out of Mirinda Centre Stage.

The Supreme Ridden Show Pony went to Midson and Thompson’s exhibit, Rosedale Simplicity by Turberry Tom Kitten (imp) out of Colbeach Simone.

The Show Hunter Pony classes were judges by Mrs Kate Dolan (Qld).  The Supreme Led Show Hunter pony award went to Tremayne Stud’s Whitmere Royal Opera by Turberry Tom Kitten (imp) out of Ardenhall Royal Secret (imp).  Royal Opera went on to win the Champion Ridden Show Hunter pony.

Rosedale Simplicity and Whitmere Royal Opera then competed for the Supreme Ridden Riding Pony with Rosedale Simplicity taking out the award.

The Overheights were judged by Mr Alan Willett (Qld). The Champion RPSBS exhibit went to Susan Paine’s Sirrah Miss Soprano by Royalwood Boy Soprano out of The Pie.  The Champion Ridden RPSBS Overheight exhibit went to Graham Elliott’s Kolbeach Holly’s Knowing by Kolbeach Holly’s Gold out of Broads Beach.

To view the results of all RPSBS classes at the show go to  https://www.rpsbs.com.au/toowoomba-royal-…ing-pony-results/

A special thanks must go the Ringmaster, Catherine James, for the tremendous support she has given to the RPSBS Queensland Committee over many years.

Photo: Kolbeach Holly’s Knowing ridden by Kirsty Harper Purcell

VIC Committee News

April saw the results of the committee elections.

Here in Victoria we welcome two new members in Sally Murrell-Rich and Rebecca Wall as well as the re election of Diane Jose.  Paul Morath decided not to nominate for re-election and we thank Paul for his support and dedication to the Victorian member base during his time.

Going forward we have our AMM on the  22nd May 2021 via Zoom proceeding at 11.30am.  Details for dial in and RSVP will be available on our website.

We are running a Riding Pony ring for foals and youngstock at the NEBRPG Welsh Winter Fair at Tatura on June 6th with our judge Christine Chaffer. The program and entry form will be up on shortly on our website.

We are also sponsoring a Riding Pony ring at the All Breeds Show Society Foal Show Spectacular on Sunday June 13th at the Elmore Equestrian Centre.  The program is available via the All Breeds Show Society’s Facebook page as they are running the show and providing the judge.

SA Committee News

State annual meeting is this week on the 11th of May.

For inclusion into the meeting please email Andrew on a_r_hunt@tpg.com.au to be sent the invitation and link to the meeting. The meeting is at 7.30 pm