The Welsh Pony and Cob Society Council Report
The Council of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society met on Monday 5th September, in what is thought to be the first time ever a full Council of the Society has met at the Welsh Pony and Cob Pavilion on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. The event was such a success that this is likely to become an annual occurrence.
Focusing on the wants and needs of the Breed, of the membership and the delivery of public benefit the Council discussed the following.
The next meeting of the Council will take place on Monday 7th November at Bronaeron. In a change to published dates, the next meetings of the standing committees have moved from Monday 3rd October to Monday 10th October 2016 at Bronaeron.
The Chair reported to Council that positive feedback had been received from members at the Royal Welsh on the refurbishment of the Society’s Pavilion, and comments that Council were listening to the members. He noted his pride in the current Council, thanked them for their support to date and the teamwork shown by all. The Council agreed that the refurbishment of the Royal Welsh Pavilion exterior has been so well received by members that costings are to be researched to refurbish and redecorate the interior.
That in order to promote non-illegal practice, from 2017 the Castration Certificate in the Welsh Pony and Cob Society passport will be re-worded to ensure that all notifications of castration are accompanied by the signature of a vet. Should any issues arise with individual member passport applications these will be referred to the Education and Welfare standing committee through the National Welfare Co-ordinator. Full details will follow later in the year.
The Council agreed that the Autumn magazine it is one of the best produced to date.
Journal 2017 continues in pre-planning: this edition will be produced by trustees, staff and volunteers with the mailing out taking place in mid-February 2017. The strict deadline for all contributions is 30th October 2016.
Jo Sheil’s website article (also produced in the Autumn magazine) on the DNA testing of maiden mares has been well received by members: the Council clarified that members are able to choose to DNA any of their animals.
The next meeting of the Council will take place on Monday 7th November at Bronaeron.
In a change to published dates, the next meeting of the standing committees has moved from Monday 3rd October to Monday 10th October 2016 at Bronaeron.