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The British Show Horse Association Board

Nick Thompson - Chairman

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:  Chairman, JMB Representative

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


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

Nigel Hollings

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 - 26 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 and is currently an Executive Member of their Council. 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 was even more delighted to have served a second term as your BSHA Chairman. As always I will continue to work hard for all the Members on the BSHA Board. 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. It is vital during this very difficult time that the BSHA retains its indepenence and strongly defend our member's interests”.

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:  Dope Testing Officer, 
BSHA National Championship Show (Show Director)

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, Company Secretary

Jane Scriven

A keen amateur, I love our sport and want to help encourage more people to join the Association and enjoy competing and learning. I spent my childhood on horseback and started competing in the ring very early on. Home-produced by my mother we managed to win the Horse of the Year Show and the memory never faded. After a very long gap and having watched my kids in the ring with yearning I took the plunge 6 years ago and got back on board myself.

I have enjoyed a career initially as a lawyer and then as a director of some multinational businesses. This has given me substantial experience in trying to balance the needs of all stakeholders and I would like to put this to good use to help the Association maintain a balanced view of all its members needs. Clarity of process and transparency are important features in this. With so many other equine disciplines to choose from we need to make sure we don’t just survive but thrive in the 21st century.

Areas of responsibility:  Finance & Policies Committee

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


Areas of responsibility:  Vice Chair of Judges

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.

Lilli Pomroy - Treasurer

Lilli started to compete within BSPS classes when she was young and has enjoyed many years of successful partnerships, culminating in her win at the Horse ofthe Year Show on her Intermediate Show Hunter, Eagle Moor in 2007.

Together with her Mother, Lilli has now turned to breeding from two of their mares and have produced some beautiful youngstock.Now concentrating on Hacks and Riding Horses, Lilli is looking forward to competing with her homebred horses within the BSHA.

Lilli read Economics at Loughbrough University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2010. Lilli currently works at a firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Lancashire.

Areas of responsibility:  Treasurer