have been a member of the BSPS for some 33 years, and on
Council for 26 years. I was deputy chairman for 3 years
and have now been National Chairman for the last 6 years.
interest in horses and ponies has never waned from my time
as a young boy helping to deliver milk by horse and dray
just so I could ride the horse back to the field, then help
muck out and clean tack. My wife, Maureen and her family
looked after all the working horses for Chester Corporation,
they also showed Shires at Cheshire County Show, which they
would buy in from Ireland, so she was involved with equines
from being a baby. I married Maureen in 1960 and at that
time I had a very active sporting career which meant travelling
all over the world and consequently meant that I was missing
for long periods of time.
Jimmy and Karen came a long we decided we needed some leisure,
pastime activity that we could do together as a family,
and thinking about Maureen's and my own interests, we decided
to take a refresher course of lessons at Shay Lane Riding
School in Halifax and I have got to admit we were soon hooked
on riding all over again. I bought a pony for Jimmy, a horse
for me, and for Maureen. Jimmy was the first to enter the
showing ring and got a second rosette at his first attempt.
Then as soon as Karen was old enough to sit on a pony she
was taught to ride she then entered her first show at the
ripe old age of 3 years. We have been showing ever since.
the BSPS for me and my family was the best thing that we
ever did, it means we always have something in common to
talk about with having the same shared interest. My children
have maintained friendships with other members from all
over the country, since their very early days of showing.
I would like to make it very clear there is more to showing
than a rosette, they have to look after, care and groom
their pony so that they are proud of it, and to care about
their own appearance and have expertise to ride and show
an animal to the best of their ability, at the highest level,
but most of all to learn about sportsmanship.
all the above reasons I decided long ago that I wanted to
put something back into the sport that mine, and other families
have so much pleasure, happiness and enjoyment from. Jim