Minutes of the AGM 2020

Held on Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 7.00pm

At Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks by kind permission of Chris Parker

1.  Welcome address by Jillie Rogers BHSI – Chairman.

All were warmly welcomed to this packed AGM – held downstairs in the café for the first time.  Thank you to Addington for hosting us, and Ann for organising. Both brilliant.

2.  Attendance and Apologies for Absence (Committee members in bold)

Present:  Jillie Rogers, Ann Bostock, Alison Craig, Debbie Follett, David Sheerin, Mandy Luesley, Amy Bannister-Bell, Danny Anholt via Messenger, Nicole Biggs, Ann Peate, Faith Ponsonby, Mandy Chaffin, Judith Murphy, Gemma Porter-Rawlings, Ruth Baxter, Amanda Holloway, Charlotte Tarrant, Katie Partrick, Brendan Bergin, Sarah Stewart, Kirsten Owen, Sarah Fitton, Hetta Wilkinson, Julian Campbell, Maggie Doel, Jeremy Michaels, Jen Burnett, Richard Johnston-Smith, Jennifer Ham, Sue Pimbley, Becky Johnson, Beth Boyes, Nick Gauntlett, Mark Robinson, Sophie Cox, Ernest Dillon, Sue Payne, Sarah MacDonald, Elizabeth Allen, Clare Chamberlayne, Lisa Morris, Sarah Thorne, Oonagh Meyer, Debbie Melville, Sabrina Jones, Jayne Smart, Lizzel Winter, Hilary Westropp, Sam Champney Warrener, Cherry Elvin, Nicola Greenhalgh-Brook, Annette Philpot, Annette Christey, Philly Muir, Helen Martin, Alex Hulme, Lyndsay Gammon, Ellie Halsey, Jo Chilcott, Alex Wyatt-Hughes, Alice Bannister-Bell, Sally Jackson, Melissa Troup, Dan Spencer, Wendy Suddes, Liz Eaton, Simon Somers, William Blane, Tessa Ryley, Alec Miles, Kylie Roddy, Kirsty Fontaine-Henley, Victoria Gallantree, Karen Winston, David Llewellyn, Anne-Marie Taylor, Carol Bennitt, Becky Cooper, Linda de Matteo, Eric Horgan, Micheline Horgan, Jenny Ward, Margie Craib, Islay Auty, Biddy Brasted Watts, Nikki Herbert, Eric Smiley.

Apologies:  Sam York, Tessa Martin-Bird, Fred Hodges, Candice Williams, Elspeth Watson, Victoria Hayton, Clare Sansom, Sally Newcomb, Joanna Potterton, Nick Turner, Gill Watson, Tim Downes, Grainne Sugars, Sue Ricketts, Sue Charters, Sandra Morrison, Liz Taylor, Erik McKechnie, Linda Pearce, Catherine Shine, Caroline Moon, Jo Winfield, Caro Haynes, Carole Broad, Caroline Stevenson, Cheryl Bezants, Donn Collins, Wendy Summers.  Danny Anholt – complete with ode read by Jillie.

3.  Minutes of last AGM (held 8th January 2019 at Addington Manor)

3.1 The minutes were approved as a correct record.

4.  Matters Arising from those Minutes

4.1 Following the meeting last year, the F&I “coaches” page in the British Horse magazine was successfully reinstated (JR, with help from the BHS team).  It slipped off again for the December issue following a magazine revamp – JR will pursue again.  Danny Anholt and Faith Ponsonby both writing articles for forthcoming issues.  More contributions welcomed.

5.  Chairman’s Review for the Year 2019   

5.1   Thank yous to this course’s Study Group leaders, to our Regional Reps (Ireland Faith Ponsonby, Scotland Jen Burnett, North Sue Ricketts, South West Danny Anholt, South East Mandy Luesley), and to the Committee members.

5.2  Special thankyous to departing Committee – David Sheerin and Debbie Follett. 

5.3  Welcome to the nominated replacement Committee members Oonagh Meyer and Jude Murphy (see Election of Committee below)

5.4  See attached “Review for the Year 2019” by Jillie Rogers.

6.  Treasurer’s Report for the Year 2019   

6.1  Debbie Follett summarised the training days held and the profit generated in the year of £1,520 – big thanks to those generously providing facilities free. 

6.2  We now have 210 members in total – an encouraging increase.  End of year cash balance now £20k. The financial summary was distributed – attached here.

6.3  Notable increase in events run that also generated a charitable donation to the horse industry – welcomed by all.

7.  Election of Committee for 2020

7.1 As outlined in the “planning for the AGM” document sent out to all members last year, David Sheerin and Debbie Follett both sadly stood down at this meeting.  Nominations for their successors were sought, and Jude Murphy was nominated by Faith Ponsonby and seconded by Brendan Bergin, and Oonagh Meyer was nominated by Sam Champney Warrener and seconded by Debbie Melville.  Both were warmly welcomed by all.

8.  Any Other Business

8.1  Questions have been circulating in recent months about the industry moving on, which have implications for possible changes to our membership criteria.

Firstly, the strength of the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ) which defines the “International Level 3” qualification – which is of course based upon our own BHSI syllabus originally.  We have now had two approaches for F&I membership under this international equivalency.  Do we admit them?  And if so, how?  It seems we should, but currently our Constitution technically doesn’t allow us to.

Secondly, the launch of the BHS Pathways Stage 5 due later this year 2020 will create Stage 5 “discipline specialists”.  Are we going to be able to admit these Stage 5 discipline specialists to F&I membership?  Again, currently our Constitution doesn’t mention a Stage 5, let alone a discipline specific one…

Both these questions raise a number of issues – of which the factual components need to be established first, in terms of actual equivalency, rigour of the exam processes, etc etc. 

Thirdly, our Constitution is already out of date in its current wording, including missing out details of our recently added Awards (Achievement, and Tom Searle).

The Chair and Committee propose that a Working Party look at both issues, consult widely, and by the autumn 2020 come up with a proposal for how the F&I Association responds to these developments and thus creates a broader and more inclusive Association.

At the end of that process the changes to the Constitution will be proposed and put to the full F&I membership with a minimum of 30 days’ notice prior to the January 2021 AGM.

This was agreed by all present as a sensible way forward.

All assistance with the Working Party’s deliberations welcomed in due course! 

8.2 To Sam Champney Warrener – thank you for running the closed Facebook page so well for us.

To Sally Newcomb – thank you for running the website so well for us.

8.3 From Chris Parker (Addington) and Ann Bostock – stabling for the Addington course next year (5/6 January 2021) must be booked and paid for by 1st January.

9.  Remembrance

All present were invited to stand to remember Dorothy Johnson – not an F&I member but many may remember her.  She died in June 2019 aged 96, having retired aged 88.  And Clarissa Dawson, one of our stalwart members who died in March 2019 after a brave battle with cancer.  Donn Collins read the eulogy at Clarissa’s funeral and F&I were represented on the day.

10. Presentation of Awards

Upstairs over dinner, between courses…  and there were 91 of us for dinner!

Tom Searle award – Brendan Bergin

Achievement Award – Ann Bostock

Pat Smallwood Award – David Sheerin

The cheers and standing ovations went on and on…  What an outstanding evening all round.

11. Date of next AGM

Tuesday 5 January 2021, at Addington, 7pm. 

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Minutes of the AGM 2019

Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7.00pm

At Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks

1. Opening welcome address by Jillie Rogers BHSI – Chairman.

2. Attendance and apologies for absence

Those present:

Jillie Rogers (Chairman), Ann Bostock (Vice Chairman), Dianne Roberts (Secretary), Debbie Follett (Treasurer), Jeremy Michaels, David Sheerin, Alison Craig and Danny Anholt (Committee).

Faith Ponsonby, Margie Craib, Judith Murphy, Andrew Bennie, Tim Downes, Dan Spencer, Rob Lovatt, Melissa Troup, Brendan Bergin, Ernest Dillon, Carol Bennitt, Nicole Biggs, Ann Peate, Sue Payne, Sandra Morrison, Jenny Ward, Fred Hodges, Julian Campbell, Elizabeth Allen, Ellie Halsey, Mark Cuncliffe, Becky Monk, Kylie Roddy, Lisa Morris, Clare Chamberlayne, Linda De Matteo,  Liz Eaton, Sue Ricketts, Biddy Brasted Watts, Jennifer Ham, Simon Somers, Karen Whiston, Tessa Ryley, Maggie Doel, Sam Champney Warrener, Ruth Baxter, Oonagh Meyer, Katie Partrick, Charlotte Tarrant, Alec Miles, Beth Boyes, Islay Auty, Victoria Gallantree, Kirsten Owen, William Blane, Mandy Chiffon, Sabrina Jones, Lynsey Gammon, Judy Harvey, Amy Bannister Bell, Alice Bannister Bell, Sophie Cox, Alex Hulme, Sarah Thorne, Jo Shields, Helen Martin, Gemma Porter Rawlings, Sally Jackson, Cherry Elvin, Hilary Westropp, Mandy Luesley, Nettie Christey, Angelo Telatin, Bryony Wilson, Sarah MacDonald, Sarah Stewart, Jayne Smart.

Apologies for absence were received from the following:

Eric Smiley, Frances Cattell, Vikki Hayton, Sue Charters, Carol Broad, Hayley Newman, Caro Haynes, Rosie Lord, Lizzel Winter, Becky Cooper, Hilary Hughes, Pammy Hutton, Liz Fellows, Nick Gauntlett, Wendy Suddes, Sam York, Nick Turner and Grainne Sugars

3. Minutes of last AGM (held 3rd January 2018 at Addington Manor)

Were approved as a true and accurate record and signed.

4. Matters Arising from those minutes

There were no matters arising.

5. Chairman’s Review for the Year 2018   Attached.

6. Treasurer’s Report for the Year 

See financial statement from Debbie Follett (also available after the meeting on website).  Balance at the end of 2017 was £18,712.42, the income received for 2018 was £20,120.00 and outgoings were £20,232.99.  Therefore, the balance at the end of 2018 was £18,599.43, making a loss for 2018 of £112.99.

There are 210 members on the database, 30 of whom are new Stage 5 Performance Coaches.  Facebook boasts 141 members in its closed group.

7. Dates for 2019

7th March National Equine Forum – London

15th March at Wellington Training – Caroline Moore Training Day – David Sheerin

Ingestre Stables Training Day – to be organised in the Spring by Linda De Matteo and include flat and jump. 

3rd May Badminton Course Walk with Nick Turner – Ann Bostock to arrange

Judy Harvey Day – Ann Bostock to arrange

Millfield Training Day – Danny Anholt to arrange

25th June Irish F&I Day – Faith Ponsonby

Show Jumping Training Day with Alan Fazakerley in the Summer – Sue Ricketts

Hickstead Show Jumping – Jillie to arrange

British Dressage National Championships – to include observation and study groups.

6th September Burghley Course walk with Eric Smiley

15th September Talland Training Day – Jeremy Michaels and Judith Murphy

December – discussion of a box at Olympia or similar.

8. Meet the present Committee/Election of Committee for 2019

The present committee of Jillie Rogers, Ann Bostock, Debbie Follett, David Sheerin, Di Roberts, Alison Craig, Jeremy Michaels and Danny Anholt introduced themselves to the members.

Committee members up for re-election were Ann Bostock, David Sheerin and Sam York.  Jillie Rogers was up for her final term of 3 years.  All were unanimously re-elected by the members present.

Both Jeremy Michaels and Dianne Roberts were stepping down from the Committee due to work commitments.  Both Jeremy and Dianne were presented with Thank-you gifts for their hard work on the Committee.  Alison Craig will take over the role as Hon Secretary from Dianne for the near future.

As Jeremy and Dianne stepped down, both Mandy Luesley and Amy Bannister Bell were introduced to members for the 2019 committee.

Mandy was voted onto the Committee, nominated by Nicole Biggs and seconded by Margie Craib.

Amy was voted onto the Committee, nominated by Sally Jackson and seconded by Alex Robarts and Tim Downes.

The dates of the Annual Course for 2020 and 2021 will be:

7th and 8th January 2020

5th and 6th January 2021

Put these in your diary now.

9. Any Other Business

9.1 David Sheerin addressed the F&I AGM to inform members of a BHS GM which was held on the 5th January at Abbey Park about the proposed changes to the BHS Constitution.  At the beginning of the meeting an EGM was called by 12 people regarding a loss of confidence in the Board & the Chairman of the BHS.  However, by the end of the day this request was withdrawn by those 12 people. There was much discussion throughout the day and the outcome was that the Board of Trustees will return to the Constitution as no vote was made.  The BHS will communicate after taking legal advice as to how the vote for the constitutional changes can be concluded. 

9.2 Simon Somers brought up two AOB points:

  1. The F&I page in BH Magazine should be reflected to be F&I page (not anything to do with the BHS).  Those who read the magazine should know what the page is.  The feeling of all members was unanimous.   Jillie will discuss with Ann Bayliss on Wednesday 9th during her visit.  This could be a good way to advertise F&I Association and members and all present felt that it was very important that the page remains F&I. 
  2. The F&I Association has gone from strength to strength, this has raised the profile of the BHS and he strongly felt that the F&I Association do not need to lose their identity.

10. Remembrance:

There was a minute’s silence in respect and remembrance of Helen Webber FBHS and Lynne Baldwin BHSI who both sadly passed away during 2018. 

11. Presentation of Awards

Gifts and thanks were given to all those who ran Study Groups during the course:

Islay Auty, Mandy Luesley, Jeremy Michaels, Sarah MacDonald, Tim Downes, Carol Bennitt, Kylie Roddy, Sabrina Jones, Danny Anholt, Andrew Bennie, Jenny Ward, Judith Murphy and David Sheerin.

The CEO of the British Horse Society – Lynn Petersen presented the awards:

The Pat Smallwood Award

The wonderful Pat Smallwood trophy “Wistful” uniquely sculpted by the late Jo Knowles FBHS was presented this year to Jeremy Michaels FBHS. This award is presented to the person that the Committee of the F&I Association felt had put exceptional effort into the Equestrian Industry and F&I in a voluntary capacity. 

The Tom Searle Award 

This new award, now in its second year, was donated by David Sheerin in remembrance of Tom Searle and will be awarded to a person who the Association considers demonstrates all the elements of being Supportive, Involved and Inspirational within the Association, just as Tom was.  This award was presented by Lynn Petersen to Amy Bannister Bell.

The Achievement Award,

This award which originated in 2016 is for a member who has shown determination and commitment to the path they want to follow, having empathy and understanding with the welfare of the horse at heart.  This was awarded to Caroline Moore FBHS and will be presented to her in March at Wellington Riding.

The BHS Fellowship Certificate was presented to Mandy Luesley, Sarah MacDonald and Andrew Bennie by this year’s trainers Corrine Bracken and Adam Kemp FBHS.

19.55 hrs End of AGM. 

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Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 7.00pm

At Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks

Opening welcome address by Jillie Rogers BHSI – Chairman.

Attendance and apologies for absence

Those present:

Jillie Rogers (Chairman), Dianne Roberts (Secretary), Judith Murphy (Treasurer) Jeremy Michaels, Sam York, David Sheerin, Ann Bostock, Alison Craig and Danny Anholt (Committee).

Debbie Follett, Simon Somers, Margie Craib, Mandy Luesley, Caro Haynes, Carol Bennett, Linda De Matteo, Becky Cooper, Nicola Greenhalgh-Brook, Kirsty Fontaine-Henley, Annette Philpot, Annette Christey, Alex Miles, William Blane, Lizzel Winter, Jayne Smart, Sam Champney Warrener, Oonagh Meyer, Julian Campbell, Faith Ponsonby, Fred Hodges, Ruth Baxter, Lyndsay Gammon, Maggie Doel, Jennifer Ham, Julie Biggs, Hilary Hughes, Sue Payne, Jo Shields, Victoria Gallantree, Nicki Herbert, Jenny Ward, Islay Auty, Cherry Elvin, David Llewellyn, Sarah Thorne, Lisa Morris, Helen Martyn, Philly Muir, Nicole Biggs, Ann Peate, Jenny Lorriston-Clarke, Claire Chamberlayne, Sabrina Jones, Tim Downes, Andrew Bennie, Dan Spencer, Sally Jackson, Alice Bannister-Bell, Amy Bannister- Bell, Gemma Porter-Rawlings, Alex Hulme
Special guests: Christopher Bartle, Christoph Hess and Lynn Petersen CEO of BHS Read more MINUTES OF THE AGM

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Notice of the AGM

To be held at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 7pm PROMPT


  1. Opening address by Jillie Rogers BHSI (Chairman)
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the AGM  4th January 2017 to be approved
  4. Matters arising
  5. Chairman’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Meet the Committee followed by elections of Committee for 2018– Debbie Follett to be voted on to Committee as Treasurer & Membership Secretary
  8. An overview of the 2017 events
  9. Plans for 2018 and beyond
  10. AOB all items for AOB to be sent in writing to Jillie Rogers by 02/01/18  jillierogers001@gmail.com
  11. A minutes silence for Geoffrey Dorset BHSI and Tom Searle BHSI
  12. Date of next AGM
  13. Presentation of awards:

The Pat Smallwood Award presented by Mrs Lynn Petersen BHS CEO

The Achievement Award Presented by Mrs Lynn Petersen BHS CEO

The Tom Searle Award Presented by Mr David Sheerin BHSI Chairman of the BHS

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Minutes of the AGM, 4th Jan 2017

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 4th January 2017 at 6.30pm at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre, Bucks

Opening welcome address by Jillie Rogers BHSI – Chairman.

Attendance and apologies for absence

Those present:

Jillie Rogers (Chairman), Dianne Roberts (Secretary), Jeremy Michaels, Sam York, David Sheerin, Ann Bostock, Jo Winfield, Alison Craig and Danny Anholt (Committee).

Eric Horgan, Micheline Croome Carroll, Debbie Follett, Sue Ricketts, Linde DeMatteo, Becky Cooper, Mandy Luesley, Annette Christy, Ann Peate, Nicole Biggs, Nicola Greenhalgh-Brook, Annette Philpot, Sue Payne, Catherine Cawdron Shine, Victoria Gallantree , Jo Shields, Tina Canton, Sarah Fitton, Kirsten Owen, Amy Bannister, Alice Bell, Sally Popple, Gemma Porter-Rawlings, Ruth Baxter, Alexandra Hulme, Fred Hodges, Sandra Morrison, Clare Chamberlayne, Sarah Thorne, Eric Smiley, Liz Eaton, Julian Campbell, Sarah McDonald, Margie Craib, Biddy Brasted-Watts, William Blane, Debbie Melville, Sam Champney-Warrener, Oonagh Meyer, Jennifer Ham, Maggie Doel, Jenny Ward, Islay Auty, Ella-Louise Mayhead, Erik Mackechnie, Alex Miles, Charlotte Tarrant, Katie Partrick, Tessa Ryley, Karen Whiston, Helen Martin, Kylie Roddy, Carol Bennitt, Lizzel Winter,
Special guests: Christopher Bartle, Christoph Hess and Lynn Petersen CEO of BHS

Apologies for absence were received from the following: Read more Minutes of the AGM, 4th Jan 2017

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