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Chairman’s AGM Report 2016

undefinedMr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Associations 2016 AGM. Thank you all for coming, I believe 2016 has been a good year for showing and hope this trend continues into 2017.

I am sad to say that Walter Gilbey has now stood down from the Board and I would like to thank him for his amazing contribution, both as President and Board Member over the last thirteen years. Walter will be sadly missed but we are very grateful to have Nick Thompson rejoining the Board after a short break; Nick welcome back.

Accounts:
We have now heard from the Treasurer, Lilly Twitchet and once again the figures speak for themselves. They are the result of all the hard work and long hours that Charles, our General Secretary and his team puts in, year after year; also the voluntary work from both Board and Association Members, Judges and Stewards.

BSHA Shows:
A great start thanks to Sarah Carey with the all new BSHA Northern Spring Show. Thanks to Lucy Carvall, Jo Jenkins and Sue Phillips who put so much into making our early shows a great success. This year we made a few changes to both the BSHA Hunter Championship Show and the BSHA National Championship Show. These shows are an absolute credit to the Association and will hold long in the memories of all, over the winter months. It is so difficult to pick out individuals to thank, as so many people were involved in the running of our flagship Shows. Simon Somers, Show Director, Jo Jenkins Assistant Show Director working tirelessly in her new role, our host Tim Price and to Charles, Tracey and Pam in the office Thank you all on behalf of the Members.

Judges Conference, Training Workshop, and Judges’ Assessment Day:
The Joint Judges Conference took place at Addington Manor in March, at which a hundred & twenty five Judges attended, both from BSHA and SHB(GB); the feedback was very good.

The Conformation Training Workshop:
Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Jason Newbold for hosting this day, thirty people were in attendance and the day was enjoyed by all.

Joint Judges Assessment Day:
Although there was over forty applicants the day ran smoothly, thanks to all those involved and those who applied.

RIHS and HOYS:
We continue to work closely with both; the success of these Shows is paramount to showing and give us all so much pleasure, striving to qualify and then competing in the greatest of arenas. Hickstead has made significant improvements to the showground, a great benefit for the many who show there at the RIHS and many more improvements are planned for the future. I am also pleased to announce that we have now signed a new three-year agreement with Grandstand Media. Well done to all the winners at these fantastic shows especially to the Supreme Champions. RIHS winner Time 2 Reflect owned by Dianne Stennet, ridden by Jane Ross and the HOYS winner Our Cashel Blue owned by Lady Caroline Tyrell and ridden by Allister Hood.

Showing Council:
Great progress has been made this last year and there is a genuine willingness to work closer together, it must be said that the showing awards run jointly with Showing World Magazine and The Showing Council is a credit to both, what an occasion.

Before I finish I would like to add, there are undoubtedly, as we have heard from the President problems with social media, I think there is far more good if used correctly, promoting our Societies, speed of information but above all, a way of reaching out so much further, to capture and share all the happiness and camaraderie that is within this fascinating admiration that we have for the horse.

Thank You    

Voting Procedure and Joining the Board

The procedure for voting for BSHA Election of Officers:  

Every year a certain number of Board Members are due to retire and may, or may not, offer themselves for re-election. Details of those Board Members due to retire can be found on Page 1 of your Rule Book; all Members are able to stand for Election. 

The Board is very keen that the Members take an enthusiastic and active interest in the running of the Association and it welcomes those Members, who can bring some time, energy and perhaps skills, i.e. legal, business or industry knowledge, to the Board.  

Nomination Papers will be sent out to all Members as laid out in the Mem & Arts (usually August); these will state those Board Members who are due to retire and if they intend to put themselves forward for re-election. 

If you intend to stand for election, your nomination would require two other Members to support the application. 

All Nominees, including retiring Board Members, are required to submit a statement, of no more than 100 words, setting out the reasons why Members should vote for them. 

These statements will accompany the Ballot Paper, sent out to Members; this will be at least 21 days prior to the AGM.

The Board encourages all Members to consider standing but particularly if you possess a key skill that you feel could be of value to the Association.