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    Assessment Scheme

    Applying to become an NPS Judge can seem like a daunting process but there are is a lot of help along the way.

    This page contains all the forms you will need to apply to join the NPS Judge’s scheme and also helpful guidelines on what will happen on each step of the way.

    FORMS TO DOWNLOADS
    • SP & SHP JUDGES SCHEME
    • M&M JUDGES SCHEME
    • HP/RP WHP SCHEME
    • M&M WHP SCHEME
    • JUDGES ASSESSMENT APPLICATIONY
    • APPLIC PROPOSER QUESTIONNAIRE
    • APPLIC SECONDER QUESTIONNAIRE
    BREED EVENT RECORD CARD – THIS IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NPS OFFICE If you would like any further information on how to become a National Pony Society judge please select one of the two options below.
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    Riding Pony Breeding / Hunter Pony Breeding

    This scheme was formed with the co-operation of the British Riding Pony Stud Book Committee. The Committee has provided information, help and support. It has been developed to help future judges have a better understanding of the type and the way of going of the Show Pony & Show Hunter Pony.

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    Mountain & Moorland

    This scheme has been setup with the co-operation of all 9 of the Native Breed Societies who have provided information, help and support. It has been developed to help future judges have a better understanding of the breed types and the way of going of all our Native Breeds.

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    A new scheme to expand knowledge and aid development of judging skills with a view to progressing to the Judges Assessment in the future

    RPB/HPB Panel
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    The NPS Riding Pony Breeding and Hunter Pony Breeding Panel is one of the most prestigious panels to be accepted onto. The panel allows for judges to judge not only in hand sections but also ridden sections. With the Riding Pony and Hunter Pony’s origins stemming from the creation of the NPS studbook, the judges on this panel play a key role in upholding the standards of the breed.

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    Riding Pony Breeding / Hunter Pony Breeding

    This scheme was formed with the co-operation of the British Riding Pony Stud Book Committee. The Committee has provided information, help and support. It has been developed to help future judges have a better understanding of the type and the way of going of the Show Pony & Show Hunter Pony.

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    Plaited Working Hunter Pony Panel

    The Working Hunter Pony Panel

    How to become a RPB/HPB Judge
    • 25+
    • Be actively stewarding at Shows .
    • May or may not be on other Society panels.
    • Have been an NPS member for four years (not necessarily the last four years) .
    • Completed the Judges Assessment Application form.
    • Find a Proposer and Seconder, who must be full “A” panel Judges.
    • Ask the Proposer and Seconder to send their completed forms to the NPS Office.
    • Send in your completed Application form to the office.
    • Be accepted onto the next available Assessment day by the Judges Selection Committee.
    • Pass your written, multiple choice exam.
    • Pass your practical exam and interview.
    • Accept your invitation onto the RPB/HPB probationary panel.
    • Complete your probations with a Senior Judge and ask that they fill in your judging report and return to the office.
    • This is normally completed over two years.
    • Send your completed Probationary report to NPS office for consideration by the Judges Selection Committee.
    • Accept your invitation onto the RPB/HPB “B” Panel.
    • Gain experience in the show ring Judging NPS classes.
    • After you have completed two years on the “B” Panel, submit your “B” Panel Show programme.
    • All programmes will be discussed at the Judges Selection Committee in the Autumn.
    • Accept your invitation onto the RPB/HPB “A” Panel.
    • After two years of active judging on behalf of the NPS, “A” Panel judges are required to submit their show programme for inspection by the Judges Selection Committee.
    • YOU ARE NEARLY THERE.
    • Being accepted onto the “A” panel is the penultimate step to becoming a full RPB/HPB Judge.
    • This transition allows new “A” panel judges to gain experience and earn their reputation judging.
    • Your final submission is for elevation onto the FULL Senior RPB/HPB panel
    Panel What Can I Judge Report Needed
    RPB/HPB Probationer At this stage you should complete all judging appointments accompanied by a Senior Approved Judge
    • A report is required to be submitted by yourself at the end of your two years (keep records)
    • Supply all your Senior Judges with probationary report forms to fill in and send back to the office
    *RPB/*HPB – B Panel You can now Judge on your own, but you do not qualify for the following:
    • HOYS
    • RIHS
    • Some county shows(Check Judges book for exceptions)
    • Report on a Probationer
    • A report is required to be submitted by yourself at the end of your two years (keep records)
    Narrow but firm. You can now Judge on your own, but you do not qualify for the following:
    • HOYS
    • RIHS
    • Report on a Probationer
    • A report is required to be submitted by yourself at the end of your two years (keep records)
    RPB/HPB – A Panel You are now eligible to judge all ridden and in-hand RPB/ HPB and report on a probationer
    PWHP Panel
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    To become a Judge for the PWHP panel you will need to be a current NPS RPB/HPB Judge. All RPB/HPB judges can automatically request that their name is added to the conformation panel of the cPWHP.

    For the jump phase of the PWHP panel the judge will need to:
    • Completed the Judges Assessment Application form
    • Find a Proposer and Seconder, who must be full “A” Panel Judges
    • Ask the Proposer and Seconder to send their completed forms to the NPS Office
    • Send in your completed Application form to the office
    • Be accepted onto the next available assessment day
    • Pass your practical exam and interview
    • Accept your invitation onto the PWHP probationary panel
    • Complete your probations with Senior Judge and ask that they fill in your judging report and return to the office.
    • Send your completed probationary reports to NPS office for consideration by the Judges Selection Committee
    • Accept your invitation onto the PWHP “B” Panel
    • Gain experience in the show ring Judging NPS classes After you have completed two years on the “B” Panel, submit your “B” Panel Show programme
    • All programmes will be discussed at the Judges Selection Committee in the Autumn
    • Accept your invitation onto the PWHP “B” Panel
    • After two years of active judging on behalf of the NPS, “B” Panel judges are required to submit their show programme for inspection by the Judges Selection Committee.
    • YOU ARE NEARLY THERE
    • Being accepted onto the “A” panel is the penultimate step to becoming a full PWHP judge
    • This transition allows new “A” panel judges to gain experience and earn their reputation judging (please see exceptions)
    • Your final submission is for elevation onto the FULL Senior PWHP panel
    Mountain & Moorland Panel
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    The NPS Mountain & Moorland panel is one of the most prestigious panels to join. In conjunction with the 9 native Breed Societies, the NPS M&M panel trains judges to the highest standards.

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    Mountain & Moorland

    This scheme has been setup with the co-operation of all 9 of the Native Breed Societies who have provided information, help and support. It has been developed to help future judges have a better understanding of the breed types and the way of going of all our Native Breeds.

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    Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony Panel

    Mountain & Moorland Working Hunter Pony Panel

    M&M How to become a M&M Judge
    • 25+
    • Attended at least 50% of your Breed Event.
    • Be actively stewarding at Shows
    • May or May not be on other Society panels
    • Have been an NPS member for four years (not necessarily the last four years)
    • Completed the Judges Assessment Application form
    • Find a Proposer and Seconder, who must be full “A” panel Judges
    • Ask the Proposer and Seconder to send their completed forms to the NPS Office
    • Send in your completed Application form to the office
    • Be accepted onto the next available Assessment day
    • Pass your written, multi choice exam
    • Pass your practical exam and interview
    • Accept your invitation onto the M&M probationary panel.
    • Complete your probations with a Senior Judge and ask that they fill in your Judging report and return to the office
    • Send your completed Probationary report to NPS office for consideration by the Judges Selection Committee
    • Complete if needed the rest of your Breed Events and send your record card into the NPS office
    • Accept your invitation onto the M&M “B” Panel
    • Gain experience in the show ring Judging NPS classes
    • After you have completed two years on the “B” Panel, submit your “B” Panel Show programme
    • All programmes will be discussed at the Judges Selection Committee in the Autumn
    • Accept your invitation onto the M&M “B” Panel
    • After two years of active judging on behalf of the NPS, “B” Panel judges are required to submit their show programme for inspection by the Judges Selection Committee
    • YOU ARE NEARLY THERE
    • Being accepted onto the “A” panel is the penultimate step to becoming a full M&M Judge
    • This transition allows new “A” panel judges to gain experience and earn their reputation judging
    • Your final submission is for elevation onto the FULL Senior M&M panel
    Panel What Can I Judge Report Needed
    MM Probationer At this stage you should complete all judging appointments accompanied by a Senior Approved Judge
    • A report is required to be submitted by yourself at the end of your two years (keep records)
    • Supply all your Senior Judges with probationary report forms to fill in and send back to the office
    *MM – B Panel You can now Judge on your own, but you do not qualify for the following:
    • HOYS
    • RIHS
    • Some county shows(Check Judges book for exceptions)
    • Report on a Probationer
    • A report is required to be submitted by yourself at the end of your two years (keep records)
    MM Axx – A Panel You can now Judge on your own, but you do not qualify for the following:
    • HOYS
    • RIHS
    • Report on a Probationer
    • A report is required to be submitted by yourself at the end of your two years (keep records)
    MM You are now eligible to judge all ridden and in-hand RPB/ HPB and report on a probationer
    M&M WHP Panel
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    To become a Judge for the M&M WHP you will need to be a current NPS M&M Judge. All M&M judges can automatically request that their name is added to the conformation panel of the M&M cWHP.

    For the jump phase of the M&M WHP panel the judge will need to:
    • Completed the Judges Assessment Application form
    • Find a Proposer and Seconder, who must be full “A” panel Judges
    • Ask the Proposer and Seconder to send their completed forms to the NPS Office
    • Send in your completed application form to the office
    • Be accepted onto the next available assessment day
    • Pass your practical exam and interview
    • Accept your invitation onto the M&MWHP probationary panel
    • Complete your probations with an Approved Senior Judge and ask that they fill in your judging report and return to the office
    • Send your completed Probationary report to NPS office for consideration by the Judges Selection Committee
    • Accept your invitation onto the M&M WHP “B” Panel
    • Gain experience in the show ring judging NPS classes
    • After you have completed two years on the “B” Panel, submit your “B” Panel show programme
    • All programmes will be discussed at the Judges Selection Committee in the Autumn
    • Accept your invitation onto the M&M WHP “B” Panel
    • After normally two years of active judging on behalf of the NPS, “B” Panel judges are required to submit their show
    • programme for inspection by the Judges Selection Committee
    • YOU ARE NEARLY THERE
    • Being accepted onto the “A” panel is the penultimate step to becoming a full M&M WHP judge
    • This transition allows new “A” panel judges to gain experience and earn their reputation judging
    • Your final submission is for elevation onto the FULL Senior M&M WHP panel
    Mentoring Scheme

    Whilst not everyone involved with ponies will have the necessary skills to become a Judge, there will be some with the ability and enthusiasm to be, at some time in the future, a Judge for the National Pony Society.

    The integrity of our British Riding Ponies and the nine indigenous Native Breeds lies not only with dedicated breeders, but with the show-ring Judges who will ensure that the accepted standards are maintained and progressed.

    With this at the forefront of their minds, and having introduced the idea at the Championship Show in 2016, the NPS is piloting their mentoring scheme for would-be Judges.

    Interested members are invited to apply for the scheme and, once accepted, will be paired with a ‘Mentoring Judge’ who will offer support, advice and encouragement. Trainees will accompany their mentor in the ring and at other events expanding their knowledge and gaining valuable ring experience to aid the development of their judging skills and with a view to progressing to the NPS Judges Assessment in the future (please note this does not count towards the M&M Breed Event record card requirement).

    The scheme will fall into two categories – Riding Pony and Mountain & Moorland.

    When accompanying a mentor Judge, trainees are asked to dress appropriately for the show/event they are attending.

    Any observations or remarks made by judges or exhibitors whilst the trainee is accompanying the mentor judge must remain STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

    The National Pony Society hopes that those who feel that they may have the ability and commitment required to advance their experience, and who feel they can undertake the responsibility of judging, should apply to head office for an application form.