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Area Arena Eventing March 10, 2024

Pickering Grange, Leicestershire LE67 1EZ

Competitors need to enter on the Pickering Grange website and can win additional BCPS rosettes for their placing.  www.pickeringgrange.co.uk

Many thanks to BCPS Area Contact, Gillian Hasberry, who is overseeing this event and will be there on the day and will be able to answer any “Connemara” questions.

South West Region March 17, 2024

Stud visit to Langaller farm 2 pm including southwest AGM.   Tea and cake to follow .

Also filly inspection before visit

BCPS Chiltern & Thames Valley Connemara Group Show April 28, 2024

Sunday 28th April 2024 by kind permission of Tracy and Robert North at Manor Farm, Kingsey.  Near Thame.  There are in hand and ridden Connemara classes and WHP.

Contact Rose Marston – rose.marston@btconnect.com

Northern Show May 5, 2024

Myerscough International Arena, St Michael’s Rd, Bilsborrow, Nr Preston PR3 0RY

Wessex Area Show May 5, 2024

Sunday 5th May

In conjunction with New Forest Enthusiasts Show, Brockenhurst

Contact:- Anne Ward – anneward246@gmail.com  

South East M&M Show May 12, 2024

Felbridge Show Centre, Copthorne Road, Felbridge, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 2NU

Contact:- seconnemaras@gmail.com.  Tel:- 07515 718140 (no calls after 9pm please)

BCPS West Midlands Show May 19, 2024

Solihull Riding Club, Four Ashes Rd, Bentley Heath, Dorridge, Solihull B93 8QE

Contact:- Emma James – midlands.connemaras@gmail.com

Scottish Connemara Show May 26, 2024

Champfleurie EC, Torpichen, West Lothian EH48 4NE

Contact Emma-Jane Murray – emmajanemurray007@gmail.com

East Area Connemara Show June 30, 2024

Suffolk Show Centre, Bury St Edmunds IP30 0BS, includes NPS In Hand, Ridden and WHP qualifiers

Contact Julia Woods – uglyjulia@hotmail.co.uk

BCPS South West Region Show July 7, 2024

Witheridge Riding Club Field, Rackenford, Devon

Contact Carolyn Day – coombefarmmeats@msn.com

BCPS Dressage Championship September 8, 2024

Washbrook Farm, Welsh Road, Aston Le Walls, Daventry, Northants.  NN11 6RT

Please send evidence of your qualifying place or score to gillevans721@gmail.com in order to enter these Finals.

BCPS AGM Weekend November 16, 2024 - November 17, 2024

Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, Charlecote Rd, Stratford-upon-Avon, Charlecote, Warwick CV35 9EW

Midlands Youngstock Show December 1, 2024

Latest News

29/02/24

CPBS Inspection Amnesty

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19/02/24

Information for Breeders

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16/01/24

NPS Stallion Parade 2024

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18/12/23

Colt Inspections 2024

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13/11/23

NPS Arena Eventing Final Winner

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CPBS AMNESTY UPDATE.
The Connemara Pony Breeders society posted this notice on their Facebook page and website on the evening of 26th February.

“The CPBS introduced an amnesty for the uninspected progeny of Class 3 parents on
1st March 2024 which allows for these ponies to be presented for inspection and to be
classified according to the Studbook rules. The purpose of this amnesty is to draw in
breeding lines which may have been otherwise lost. The amnesty registration period is
from 1st March 2024 until 31st October 2025 inclusive and owners of such progeny can
present them for classification at the regular inspections organised by the Society
between those dates. This amnesty will cease following inspections in the Autumn of
2025."

The Council of the British Connemara Pony Society (BCPS) have now had time to consider this announcement and have taken the decision not to extend the amnesty to the uninspected progeny of Class 3 parents resident within the jurisdiction of the BCPS.

The progeny of Class 3 parents that have been inspected and classified by the CPBS during the period of the amnesty will be accepted by the BCPS
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Such a pity, ponies should have a chance to be judged on their own merit 💔

I would be interested to know why this negative decision has been made rather quickly! Surely this is a positive move to encourage inspection and possibly boost our membership?

Jo Murrell seems odd not to base the classes on each ponies merit regardless and if the CBPS can offer this why can't the BCPS!

Would it be worth those who want to take fillies to Ireland hiring a decent size box from one of the large companies that do the trip regularily specifically for the journey, It may well work out more cost effective

This seems a real shame. I have been looking towards purchasing connemara ponies in the UK rather than importing from Ireland. This decision will narrow a shrinking gene pool further though and necessitate the imports of other bloodlines to ensure genetic diversity. It is already so difficult to take a young horse the long distances to inspections, this decision will surely lead to more people, such as myself, to look to import other bloodlines and already classified ponies instead.

Can anyone clarify for me please, I thought it was either class 1 or class 3, it appears my mates sure is a class 2, I’m rather confused 🥴 A very new Connemara owner x

I can only say what an awful shame I have two lovely mares grade 3 through no fault of their own because breeder deceased Now I have the prospect of schlepping Them back to Ireland and no small expense To hopefully get the grading I hope they deserve

I'd like to know the reasoning behind this decision and the process by which it was made. After all a breed society is the guardian of the genetics of the breed through the decisions it makes. Inspections as employed by breed societies are driven by phenotype as a proxy for genetics, and are widely recognised as pointed out by several of those who have posted here, that relying on phenotype fails the genetics of the breed in a number of situations. As many will know CPSNZ made inspections completely voluntary about 10 years ago and removed the requirement for parents to have been inspected. I'm sure anyone interested in these numbers can go onto the BCPS database and see for themselves the numbers of uninspected ponies, simply by sorting by sex and year of birth. Questions for BCPS regarding how they came to this decision: Was there a review of the numbers of mares and colts, including imports now registered with BCPS, that under the current rules are stuck in class 3? What consideration was given to maintaining the genetic diversity of the breed? Was the significant number of imported foals and young ponies considered?

This is really unfair . Theres a group of us with beautiful ponies with large amounts class 1 breeding throughout pedigree but because a previous owner has decided to breed from class 3 (or uninspected) the filly itself can’t be judged on its own merit. Many a champion in dogs & horses came from very average parents. How can we meet the standard or better the stock we have if fillies & mares are stuck unfairly & not inspected in their own merit. Some people are willing to spend the money improving as well maintaining examples. I know several who will drive a pony to Ireland now to be inspected fairly but that’s hardly in interests of welfare when our own Daughter society has taken this stance. It is discriminatory & welfare issue. This decision needs revisiting

I am a believer in the inspection process to protect the breed. I am a small time breeder who spends hours pondering over which sire to send my beloved mares to based on my personal preferences. I don’t breed for profit, I am driven with the desire to try and improve on what I already have. In Ireland there are many with the same philosophy, who cherish the breed, but there are also those with the farm gate approach. It is a commodity to be sold, with expenses to be kept to a minimum, hence no inspections carried out but they want to claim their ponies are as good as those which are inspected and get as good money at the sales. Which would you rather buy from? The rules are there. Reward the breeders who care about the breed and not the farmers.

Rather short sited is it not. You may be sacrificing some rare breed lines which are becoming very scarse as it is. Very disappointing decision 😪

Louise Tyson, l agree the daughter societies should follow the guidelines of the parent breed society. Sadly the current situation around inspections in the UK does not facilitate the ‘user friendly’ inspection of ponies. I have raised this with the BCPS on several occasions but there doesnt seem to have been any change. When inspections began in Scotland an enthusiastic group of breeders were involved and would visit ponies at home or occasionally wherever they happened to be - we visited some interesting fields! Some years ago the society decreed that ponies could no longer be inspected at home and had to be taken to an approved inspection site on a specific day. This is not ‘user friendly’. In order to have a pony inspected today it is necessary to be able to travel the pony which assumes the owner has access to transport and someone to help and that there are two ’inspectors’ available on the day. The Area reps are responsible for arranging inspections on their patch and it’s not an easy job especially given the miles involved. It’s also very stressful for the owners of ponies, many of them new to the breed, who worry about the prospect of ‘failing’ although the number who aren’t considered to meet the breed standard would appear to be a very small percentage of those inspected. The BCPS should consider reverting to home inspections. This could provide more flexibility for pony owners and inspectors and isn’t likely to be any more expensive than the current system. Home inspections would also provide an opportunity for better networking and an opportunity to promote the breed.

I am new to connemara ownership but it wasn't difficult to find out about the 3 different classes of pony & what you could & couldn't do with them. I wanted to show & breed so realised I needed class 1 or 2. And also not to buy the offspring of grade 3 ponies. Maybe in a couple of years the BCPS will look at this issue again once everyone has seen how this amnesty has worked in Ireland. What if nothing passes to upgrade over there or no ponies actually come forward??? As for inspections with other M&M breeds in the UK you have to travel to inspection venues - New Forests for instance - & its not an issue. x

I think this decision is very unfair. What about the ponies with all class 1 breeding who’s dams or sires have passed away at a young age before being inspected? I completely agree with Louise Tyson have you considered the welfare implications of having to travel the ponies to Ireland which could be unnecessary if you were to allow it in the UK.

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MR JOHN BEELEY
We received the very sad news at the end of January, from Steven Thompson of Fenrose Connemaras, that his old friend John Beeley had passed away. John bred some wonderful ponies under the Innellan prefix which were very successful both here and in Ireland.
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MR JOHN BEELEY
We received the very sad news at the end of January, from Steven Thompson of Fenrose Connemaras,  that his old friend  John Beeley had passed away. John bred some wonderful ponies under the Innellan prefix which were very successful both here and in Ireland.

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