The BCPS runs two shows annually: the Breed Show and the Northern Breed Show. Information on these two shows is updated throughout the year. Please take note of the BCPS Showing Rules and Trimming Rules, which can be downloaded from this page.

This page also includes information on the Tam O’Shanter Championship, which takes place at the Breed Show, and how to qualify.

Regional shows are managed by the regional committees and show details and schedules are usually found on the relevant region’s Facebook page. If your Region has sent us their schedule then these are also available in the table below.  If the Region you are looking for is not listed below please contact your Regional Rep.  To find your Region and the Reps. contact details, please visit our Regions page.

If you would like to know about Affiliated Shows, please see our Affiliated Shows page.

The BCPS Breed Show

2024 Breed Show will be held at Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell on

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th July 2024

Since 1948 the BCPS has held an annual Breed Show, celebrating the best attributes of the Connemara Pony. The Breed Show is now a popular two-day event which includes a variety of competitions that highlight the versatility of the breed, as well as several important BCPS Championships and national Qualifiers. It is also a great social occasion for the BCPS, with members travelling from across the country and often staying for multiple nights, especially for our famous Al Fresco Supper.

The competitions available at the Breed Show include:

  • In-hand showing (including the Tam O’Shanter Championship and NPS Qualifiers)
  • Ridden showing (including HOYS and NPS Qualifiers)
  • Unaffiliated showing
  • Show Jumping (and Combined Training)
  • Working Hunter Pony (including NPS Qualifiers)

Shows 1

Regional Shows

Name Date Details Link
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 –



Northern Show

May 5, 2024

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

More info and Entries via EntryMaster Lite – Home Page


Wessex Area Show

May 5, 2024

Sunday 5th May

In conjunction with New Forest Enthusiasts Show, Brockenhurst

Contact:- Anne Ward –  

South East M&M Show

May 12, 2024

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

Contact:-  Tel:- 07515 718140 (no calls after 9pm please)

Scottish Connemara Show

May 26, 2024

Champfleurie EC, Torpichen, West Lothian EH48 4NE

Contact Emma-Jane Murray –

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 –

BCPS South West Region Show

July 7, 2024

Witheridge Riding Club Field, Rackenford, Devon

Contact Carolyn Day –



Tam O’Shanter Showing and Trimming Rules

Tam O’Shanter Objectives


International Shows

International Connemara Show, Vittel, France – 23rd & 24th September 2023

For more information please click poster below :-

The Tam O’Shanter Championship and Qualifiers

For over a decade, the prestigious Tam O’Shanter Championship has taken place at the main Breed Show with the aim of encouraging particularly one-pony owners and small breeders to showcase their Connemara mares and young stock. This Championship recognises that Connemara mares and young stock are the future of the breed and puts them into the spotlight.

Qualifiers for the Tam O’Shanter are run at affiliated shows all across the UK for pure-bred, BCPS-registered Connemara ponies competing in-hand in the following classes:

  • Yearlings
  • Two-year-olds
  • Three-year-olds
  • Connemara mares

The Championship was originally started by Carole Prentice and is named after her premium stallion Kirtling Tam O’Shanter. Tam O’Shanter produced many high-quality mares, which Carole considered to be his legacy to the breed. Carole always took a great interest in the visiting mares coming to her stallion and ran a small but select band of quality mares herself. The Championship’s current organisers are delighted that demand for the Tam O’Shanter Championship continues today.

For more information on the Championship, please download the Tam O’Shanter Objectives and Showing and Trimming Rules from this page.






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