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The British Show Horse Association Board

Nigel Hollings - Chairman

Nigel has ridden and produced many Champions in the show ring from Ponies to Heavyweight Hunters including the Riding Horse of the Year “ Fair Breeze”, (also HOYS Supreme Showing Champion) and Hack of the Year “Royal Angel “ plus numerous other HOYS Pony Champions. His tally to date of Ponies /Horses which he has either ridden, bred, owned or produced is HOYS - 27 winners and RIHS - over 35 winners.

Nigel enjoys judging both Nationally and Internationally and is on the judging panels of eleven different horse and pony societies . In addition to officiating at the HOYS and RIHS on several occasions judging appointments have taken him around the world including top shows in Australia ,South Africa and Ireland.

Nigel is the Chief Showing Steward at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and also has been a BSPS Council Member for 36 years. He is a former Council Member of CHAPS and SHB(GB).

I felt very honoured and privileged to have been appointed the Association’s first Northern Chairman, when elected in 2009. I am even more delighted to be your BSHA Chairman again . As always I will continue to work hard for you all and strongly defend our Association’s interests. These are very exciting times for the Association and under the guidance of the current, highly experienced and innovative Board, the BSHA will continue to grow and provide many new initiatives for its membership.

Areas of responsibility:  Chairman

Sue Phillips - Vice Chairman

Sue is an Amateur Owner who says she is lucky enough to keep her horses at home on the farm and her horses are totally home produced. In her words: this means all my mistakes are my own, but I've had great fun making them.

I joined the BSHA when my husband bought, what will probably be, my cob of a life time, Goldburg. Through competing him I made a great many new friends and found I really enjoyed showing.

At a time when the Amateurs where not represented on the Board, I was encouraged to stand for election and have very much enjoyed my years in office. I am the Coordinator with Grandstand Media for HOYS, Sponsorship organiser for the National Championship Show and HOYS and as past secretary am on organising committee of BSHA Spring Show and have instigated the Maxi cob class at the RIHS.

"If you have time to commit and want to have an input into the future of your Association, then why not bite the bullet like me and stand for election. It's really not that scary and you may, like me, enjoy it!".  

Area of Responsibility :  Southern Vice-Chair, HOYS & BSHA Sponsorship; Amateur Members Liaison Officer

Ian Darcy - Vice Chairman

2022 will be my eighteenth year serving the board of the BSHA. 

Having previously been Chairman I now have the role of Northern vice chairman. 

Showing will always be close to my heart having had so much pleasure throughout my life both exhibiting and seeing some of the finest horses and ponys in the world, produced and ridden to perfection. 

It is one of the few hobbies in life that can be fully inclusive for all the family for generation after generation. 

I have seen many changes in showing over the years and sadly not always for the better. 

I will continue as always to champion the need for fairness and a level playing field within or association as I have in the past will try to support members with any concerns they may have. 

I firmly believe we now have a very modern attitude within the board that promotes transparency and communication. 

The most important thing is that all concerned enjoy this Wonderfull sport that we share. And continue to safeguard its future.  

Areas of responsibility:  Northern Vice Chairman, Showing Council Representative

Ian Smeeth

Ian brings to the board a wealth of knowledge and experience from many aspects of the equestrian world.

Having been a child breaking jockey for a large pony stud, Ian moved into a career in the polo world being responsible for high goal teams both here and abroad. Ian also whipped in to the Staff College Drag Hounds and hunted the Windsor Forest Bloodhounds.

“Correct conformation is everything to create a sound athlete” everything that a true show horse show be. Having started as a listed judge over 25 years ago Ian moved into producing and competing with great success across all types. 

Ian’s traditional values and passion for our ever modernising sport brings a supportive and fair approach to our membership. "I hope the members will take the time to speak to me about any issues that may concern them, I am always glad to help and work to towards resolutions if required."

Areas of responsibility:  Chair of Judges

Sarah Carey

Sarah has been involved in showing all her life riding home produced show ponies from the family farm in Derbyshire. When out of BSPS ponies at eighteen she went on to show hunters before moving on to riding horses and hacks. 

Sarah has been a Board Member for the past fifteen years and has seen many changes in that time however as an amateur/home producer herself Sarah is committed to the Amateur membership and keen to involve the younger members within the Society. 

Sarah enjoys showing her homebred youngstock and is ‘committed to furthering the showing of youngstock under the Associations rules and looks forward to nurturing a greater awareness and participation in that Area for our Members. Sarah is In Hand Chairman for the Association. 

Sarah has organised the BSHA Northern Spring Show for the past five years and takes responsibility for all the Associations trophies at the Championships and AGM.

Areas of responsibility:  BSHA Northern Spring Show (Director); In-Hand Chairman; BSHA Trophies.

Simon Reynolds

I am delighted to be on the board of the BSHA. I have been involved with horses all my life. My father was a professional jockey, riding round Liverpool and Cheltenham, my Grandfather was in hunt service in Cheshire, as was my Great Grandfather. Horses were inevitably to be a part of my life. Growing up, I assisted Dad breaking, dealing, hunting and show jumping a wide variety of ponies and horses.  I worked for Lord and Lady Kirkham in Doncaster, producing their show horses and hunt horses for 15 years, with much success, winning HOYS four times on a small hunter called Sporting Sam. Other HOYS successes include winning the cob championship on Tellytubbs.

In 2003, I set up a yard with my now wife Natalie and cobs seemed to become our speciality, I won HOYS and RIHS on heavyweight cob Morrows Marksman, and HOYS 4 times on maxi cob Hallmark IX, taking the Supreme horse title in 2013. 

Teaching is a great passion of mine, as is judging.  I am also vice president of the IDHS and a big supporter of the ID breed. 

I very much look forward to representing the BSHA.

Areas of responsibility:  RIHS Liaison

Nick Thompson

​Nick has lived all his life in Staffordshire, where he was introduced in to the world of showing some 30 years ago. Nick went to Endon Riding School to learn how to ride and since then he has been involved with all aspects of showing from lead rein ponies to horses.

Nick has been in the past on the BSPS Council as the National Chairman representing the Area Chairmans', before being a director of the British Show Horse Association and has been involved with the BSHA National Championship Show for the last 25 years.

He has also been involved with the BSPS Championships as Assistant Director and committee member of Midland County Show.  

Areas of responsibility:  JMB Representative

Simon Somers

I have served on the BSHA Board for a number of years.  I am on a number of other Judging Panels and have judged all over the UK, Ireland and Internationally. Through Showing and horses, I have met some wonderful people and made some amazing friends and memories. 

I am passionate about teaching and education and I can see that with the success of the Clinics that were held this year. I would like this to develop and grow in the future, education and fun in Showing is key for our sport to be taken seriously in the wider horse industry.

I hold the BHSI and NVQ Assessor qualifications and also act as an External Verifier. 

I am a great supporter of the National Championship Show and would like this to become the Members HOYS, after all it is one of the most fun shows in the Country.

I will continue to support the BSHA and would very much like to see greater collaboration between the Societies.

Area of Responsibility:  TBC

Joanne Pybus

I am a married mother of two, non-horsey sons, and one horsey mad daughter, from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England.

I have been involved with horses from a very young age, hunting, competing successfully astride and sidesaddle as an amateur with ponies, hacks, riding horses and hunters, coming full circle, now competing with my daughter and niece.

I have been a BSPS and BSHA panel judge for over 25 years. I am currently Chairman of 1A and Chair of the Judges Assessment on the BSPS Board.

I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm, drive and hard work with the BSHA Board. I am passionate about showing being fair for all, professional and amateurs alike, and I am keen that showing continues to evolve so that we can all enjoy the sport we love.

Areas of responsibility:  Stipendiary & Welfare Stewardship

Stuart Hollings

I have enjoyed many roles in Showing since the 1960s. I was successful in the ring as a child and adult rider before becoming a professional trainer from 1975 - 2012, with many major wins to my credit including the Supreme championship at both the RIHS and HOYS. At the latter – Hack of the Year and Riding Horse of the Year as well as taking similar Show Pony, SHP and the Mini Show Pony titles there. 

I first joined the BSHA Board in 1988 and was a committee member for many years until retiring due to ill health. In that time I held the positions of Northern Vice Chairman and In Hand Chairman during a constructive period in the history of the Association. I’m also a former BSPS and NPS Council member as well as a past NPS Area 4 Chairman/President.

I became a BSPS judge at the age of 21 and have been judging for several societies over 45 years at all the major shows both in the UK and abroad. I was appointed to the BSHA panel more than 30 years ago.

I have been contributing to Horse and Hound magazine on showing matters since 1985 and am a published author of six showing books.

I founded the Pendle stud in 1975 and co- owned two successful stallions whose progeny have won extensively in the UK, Australia and USA. I have bred a HOYS winner and the dam of the 2001 Hack of the Year Jennifer’s Diary. I produced and showed the Supreme in hand champion at the Royal show in 1989 and have also been on the ‘foal end’ of four in hand victors at HOYS.

My role as a show secretary/organiser began when I ran the inaugural North of England show way back in the Spring of 1990.

I have loved every minute and consequently will endeavour to preserve the members’ enjoyment of showing!

Areas of responsibility:  

Danielle Heath

Danielle has been involved in showing since the age of nine, competing firstly in WHP's then moving on to flat classes in later years, which included Hacks, Cobs, Riding Horses and Hunters, which then led her into production and judging (SHB/BSHA) which she has been involved in for the last twenty years.

"I've very much enjoyed being involved with the Association as a Judge and competitor/producer and feel that I can bring a different view and new ideas to the Board, which I hope will help towards the Association in going from strength to strength.

I live in Cheshire and I’m very lucky to have my father's yard where I'm based. In my spare time I enjoy interior design which lends a huge part to my horsebox designing, which I do in my spare time when I'm not sat on a horse. I also love to travel and look forward to my winter holiday every year.

Areas of responsibility:  Events and Promotions

Kath Atkin-Bowdler

​To be appointed onto the Board is a huge honour and, I am so  grateful to those of you who voted for me. I do not underestimate the commitment that is involved and the learning curve it poses.

Many of you will know me from stewarding at the National Championships and, for those of you who don’t, I look forward to meeting you.

When I get the chance to compete. I do so as an amateur but, having had horses professionally produced, I understand from both sides of the competitive fence.

I run my own business as an Independent Financial Adviser and am a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. The skills I have built from this, along with those from my former employer give me all round experience which I will bring to the role.

Additionally, I hold my BSHAI and am a panel judge for several societies. I am a Board Member of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and Chair their Finance Committee.

Areas of responsibility:  Vice Chair of Judges, Finance Committee

Susan Rawding - President

Sue has been on the BSHA panel for over 30+ years and a Board member for approximately 25 years.  Sue has for many year judged Hacks, Cobs, Riding Horses, in-hand and ridden, and also acted as an Assessment Day Judge and undertaking stallion and mare gradings for SHB(GB).

Sue has always had a strong equestrian background which starting in show jumping ponies to Grade B and Foxhunter level.  Her work involved point-to-point yards and regular hunting, going to to owning a livery yard, taking in breakers, and schooling for showing.

With her late husband, John Rawding – they bred and produced top class show horses and produced many Champions both ridden and in hand. These included In-Hand and Ridden champions at Royal Show, Horse of the Year Show, Royal International, Great Yorkshire, Three Counties and all major shows, quite a feat!

Sue was also fortunate to ride in Ladies classes for the late John Dunlop – the horses expertly produced by Roy Trigg and Guy Landeau, including Jack Horner, Statesman, and Little Alice.

Sue and John Rawding sourced many Thoroughbred stallions for the Hunters Improvement Society, some of which were sold abroad, others became well-known for producing racehorses, competition, eventers and show horses.  During this time they stood many top-class stallions at stud including Dallas the sire of Badminton winner Diamond Hall Red, Venture Busby (by Scottish Venture) who went to the Olympics, and General Jock, with whom Tina Gifford achieved great success. They had great success with Brook End (also by McIndoe) winning many championship that went onto further success with Lisa Hales.

Their standing stallion, Dallas, was a top class and very prolific stallion, producing many winners including Hello Oscar, Grade A jumper.  With the Cameo/Dallas line, they bred and produced many horses from the same family, including Cameo’s Reflection, sire of the outstanding show horse Time2Reflect, the recent winner of many Supreme Championships and Ladies classes, including twice Supreme at Royal International and Ladies Side-Saddle class at Horse of the Year Show as well as Supreme.

With John, Sue produced five Horse of The Year Show Supreme In Hand Championships – never equalled to date.

The BSHA welcomes Sue into her new position of President of the British Show Horse Associaion.

Magnus Nicholson

​Magnus is a former International 3 Day Event rider, who competed around Burghley and Badminton, representing GB on numerous occasions. 

Showjumping at Horse of the Year Show and competing in Young Rider dressage, he played polo and held an Amateur Jockey licence.

Magnus first started showing as a child, and spent time learning from Professionals such as Peter Richmond and Anne Furness, throughout hi his teen's, before going to compete in other disciplines. 

In the late 1990's, he turned his attention back to showing, and now regularly wins at the BSHA National Championship Show, Royal International Horse Show and Horse of the Year Show. Magnus holds a British Horse Society Instructors qualificaiton, and regularly trains and coaches riders in all disiplines all over the world.

Areas of responsibility:  TBC