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The British Show Horse Association

British Show Horse AssociationThe British Show Horse Association (formerly known as The British Show Hack, Cob and Riding Horse Association - BSHC&RHA) was founded in 1935 by enthusiastic Owners and supporters of show Hacks and Cobs. In 1983 the Association added Riding Horses to its classes and by so doing greatly enlarged its Membership. Today the Association is the governing body for the Showing of Hacks, Cobs, Maxi Cobs, Riding Horses, BSHA Hunters, Ladies Show Horse, Working Show Horse and HOYS Ridden Hunters. Shows throughout the country, at all levels, hold BSHA Affiliated classes with both Amateur and Open sections; there is usually something for every Competitor.

It maintains a register of Members and their Horses and a Panel of qualified Judges. The objects of the Association are to improve the standard of show Hacks, Cobs, Maxi Cobs, Riding Horses and Hunters and encourage their breeding and for Shows to affiliate to the Association, to abide by its Rules and to endeavour to safeguard the interests of Members in every possible way.

The Association runs an Annual Assessment Day to examine Candidates applying to join the Judges Panels. Successful Candidates may be accepted on to the Full Panel (this could be for Ride, Conformation or both) and they may judge RIHS and HOYS qualifiers in their own right. There is also a Probationary Judges Scheme which allows for those Candidates which require further training. The Probationary process has proved very successful, it is a two year process but the BSHA works hard to complete this in one year, if at all possible. More details can be found in the Judges area on this website.

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. All amateurs are able to enter the Nupafeed Amateur Awards, which will take place at the National Championships, you can download a form online and amass your points during the season. The BSHA encourages participation; for the under 25's there are 'Young Rider' sections at BSHA National Championships Show, and in all Affiliated Open Classes awards for the Young Rider in the form of a special rosette, in addition to the Amateur Rider and Novice awards.

The BSHA In-Hand Chairman is Sarah Carey, who actively looks to promote the breeding of show horses and increase the numbers of In-Hand showing opportunities. For 2021 Sarah has introduced 'Intermediate' in hand classes, which crosses many sections for breeders, we look forward to seeing new exhibits entering. Sarah continues to develop The 'BSHA Supreme In-Hand Breeding Championship', sponsored by the BSHA; qualifiers around the country culminate in a Supreme Championship with £500.00 to the winner, this is held at the BSHA National Championship Show in September – new for 2021 is The Polly Coles Supreme In-Hand Championship, with £1000 going to the winner, we thank Polly very much for her generous sponsorship.

This year we are delighted to have a new sponsor for our Ladies Show Horse classes.  Many thanks to Guy Mears and his family who are the new sponsors of the class and the final at the National Championship Show – after winning the McCourt Open Supreme at the Autumn Showing Gala in the summer of 2020, with their ladies show horse, and the Maxi cob championship, Guy kindly agreed to take on the classes, many thanks indeed.

The Board is always open to new opportunities and initiatives and 2021 brings the promotion of our Hunter qualifiers for the National Championship Hunter Show, and also the promotion of the 'Classic of the Year' qualifiers for the National Championship Show. Over the coming months you will hear and see more about these new classes.

Our clinics were a great success in the summer of 2020, and we aim to repeat these again during the year, if you are a member you will be entitled to a free clinic, non-members are still able to attend and take advantage of professional instructors and judges for £25.00. Keep an eye on our show dates list for more details.