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