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Chairman's Update to the Membership

 3 August 2020

Dear Member

I do hope that you and your family are well and keeping safe.

Since I last wrote to you in May there have been some encouraging signs with successful Events and Training Clinics taking place. In fact the BSHA has run a number of Training Clinics up and down the country which have proved very popular with Members and Non Members alike.

We are now ready to plan for our BSHA Autumn Showing Gala to be held at Arena UK on September 12th and 13th 2020. There will be the full range of classes for Hack, Cobs, Riding Horses and Hunters including Open, Novice, Amateur and Home Produced sections. Details will be published very soon and we hope our Members will look forward to this special, one off event.

The Board continues to work very hard on your behalf with Zoom Meetings every fortnight. We are continuing to monitor any changes regarding Government regulations and have worked with the Showing Council on their “Return to Showing“ blueprint.

The new BSHA Dope Testing Policy is now complete and will be launched at the end of September. I would like to thank Board Members Nick Thompson and Lucy Savill together with our legal representative, Rory Mac Neice for many months of hard work, to get this project finished in time for the 2021 season.

Finally I am very pleased to announce that Lucy Savill has been appointed by the Board as our new BSHA General Manager.

With a background in advertising, facilities management and design, Lucy has worked for several global corporations including American Airlines, Trebor and Northern & Shell before starting her own successful business where she has been involved with residential and commercial experts all over the UK and Ireland, including Savills and Strutt & Parker.

A showing enthusiast herself, Lucy has long been involved with the sport as a competitor, owner, judge and for the last 6 years, a very proactive board member. She has been responsible for the Southern Spring show, Dope Testing and the National Championship show.

We are confident that Lucy and her down-to-earth and approachable nature, together with her passion for the Association, will benefit all our members and we are delighted that she has decided to swap her role as Board Member to that of General Manager.

Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you very soon.

Best wishes

Nigel Hollings

Chairman, British Show Horse Association

The British Show Horse Association

The Association is dedicated to promoting the breeding and showing of Hacks, Cobs, Maxi Cobs and Riding Horses.
Shows throughout the country, at all levels, hold BSHA Affiliated classes with both Amateur and Open sections; there is usually something for every Competitor.

The BSHA encourages participation; for young riders there is a “Rising Stars” final at the BSHA National Championships Show, all Affiliated Open Classes award a Young Rider special rosette throughout the year, in addition to the Amateur Rider and Novice awards.

There are two sections for the Amateur Rider; Amateur/Owner Rider, horses' can be professionally produced, and the Amateur Home Produced; the BSHA has also introduced the "INTRO" classes, into the National Championships.

The Association is very active and runs a series of Shows including the very popular BSHA Hunter & National Championship Shows, Judges' Conference, Conformation Training Workshops and Probationary Judges scheme.

Many of the photographs used on the website are courtesy of The Showing Journal Magazine

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During the current COVID19 outbreak the BSHA office will be open during the following hours:

  • Monday: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am – 12:00pm


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