Hickstead To Stage New M&M Championship At RIHS
encouraged by the rapidly growing interest in Mountain and Moorland
classes, is to introduced a new British Show Pony Society championship
at next year's (subs - 2003) Royal International Horse Show.
will be the culmination of a series with qualifying classes at up
to 25 shows nationwide and will be held on the Thursday of the RIHS,
provisionally scheduled for July 23-27.
and Moorland ridden classes are acknowledged as one of the fastest
growth areas of the British showing calendar, alongside those for
coloured horses and ponies. The RIHS successfully introduced coloured
classes on to its schedule in 2002.
saw the need for a mid-summer championship which will encourage
early-season competitions around the country. It recognised that
the BSPS, with its proven links with the RIHS, would be the ideal
partner because of its large membership and high number of affiliated
new series will be called the BSPS Heritage Mountain and Moorland
Championship and be made up of Open Leading Rein, Open First Ridden,
Mini Championship, three Open Ridden classes and an Open Ridden
McTiffin, chairman of the BSPS, said: "This Heritage championship
is really something special. Mountain and Moorland is a growth side
of the showing scene and these classes will be really popular with
am delighted that Hickstead has been able to include them in the
really busy schedule for the Royal International Horse Show."
Hickstead owner Douglas Bunn commented: "The addition of these
M&M classes to our schedule means that the Royal International
Horse Show now caters for most British breeds of horse and ponies
and confirms its position as the greatest outdoor show in the country."