Donald’s BHS Long Service Award

On Friday 24th November the BHS Annual Awards Ceremony was held at Saddlers Halls in London and six marvellous volunteers from the South East received awards. Without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers welfare cases would go unnoticed, bridlepaths would disappear, road safety issues would not be addressed and local training and social events would suffer (to name but a few things!). Congratulations to Donald who received a well-deserved award, presented by the BHS president, Martin Clunes.
Pictured right to left;

Hugh Craddock, Access Officer in Surrey, received an Access Award for excellent service by a volunteer in furtherance of enhanced equestrian access relating to his tireless work relating to historical research
Anne Rillie, Kent Access Officer, 25 years long service
Claire McCaffery-Clarke – London & South East Regional Manager
Avril Sleeman, Surrey Access Officer; 30 years long service award
Diane Beach, Surrey Access Officer; 25 years long service award
Donald Kear, West Sussex Welfare Officer; 40 years long service award
Penny Jann, Surrey British Riding Club Officer; 25 years long service award

Daphne Poupart Retires as President

AGM 2017 - Retiring President's speech

I am immensely proud to have been a Founder Member, 50 years ago, of Horsham & District Riding Club, and honoured to have been your President for the past 20 years.

My thanks to Donald & the committee for putting up with me for so long! They have welcomed me to committee meetings since our long serving Secretary, Helen Davies, tragically died in 2005. I was able to share with them the difficulties the Club faced following that very sad loss.

But pulling together got the Club back onto an even keel, and we have an excellent team in charge. I am delighted Marilyn is your new President - she has served on the committee for 33 years and becomes the Club's 5th President. She has bred and trained many lovely horses over the years, a number of which have become excellent all-round Riding Club horses with nice temperaments. Marilyn is a very respected judge, particularly of all sections Welsh and Welsh part-bred. She is a mine of knowledge and information which she is happy to share, and as far as Riding Club Teams go....well, she has been there and done all of those too.

So you are in excellent hands for the future. Thank you everyone for your kindness, and I look forward to many more happy years as an Honorary Member of H.D.R.C. 
Daphne Poupart

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2017 HDRC 50th Anniversary Dinner

Hdrc members celebrated our 50th Birthday at Hurtwood Polo Club on Saturday 7th October.

Our guest speaker, Alan Hiscox, the British Horse Society Director of Safety gave a very entertaining and informative talk, "The Secret Life of a Mounted Police Officer" recalling his 26 year equine experiences in the Force both at home and around the world, assisiting with the purchasing of horse and becoming Chair if the Mounted Police Training Committee.

None of this would have happened without the hard work and attention to detail of our President, Daphne Poupart who has been with HDRC from the very beginning. 

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2017 50th Anniversary Open Show

What a great day !

Thanks to all thos who helped make it happen and to all those of you who came along and supported us. 

The full results are now on the website under "Results " menu option. 

Please go to our official photgraphers LRG website to view images of the day and all our wonderful competitors and champions!

See you again next year - Ist saturday in July 2018 !

Carol Porter receives Elegance Trophy

At the AGM Carol was awarded with the 'Elegance Trophy'  as a thank you from the committee in appreciation for her hard work and dedication to the club. The committee also nominated her for the Leo Harris Award which is given by the BRC to outstanding volunteers and although unsuccesful she was given an Award of Merit.


Carol Porter

Horsham & District Riding Club was formed in 1967 and next year will celebrate its Golden Anniversary. During its history it has had many members with special qualities, qualities that have stood out and gained our respect. But few have had them all.....skill, dedication, ability determination, efficiency, reliability, diplomacy, kindness and name it, Carol Porter has it in spades.

Carol originally came from East Anglia where she was an active Pony Club member. When she moved to West Sussex in l989 she joined Horsham & Dist RC and the following year became a committee member and the Teams organiser.

For 25 years Carol has organised our very popular and successful ODE at Coombelands, Pulborough. This also incorporates the Area 13 Novice and Intermediate qualifiers for the BRC Horse Trials Championships and the L&SE Novice HT Championships. And just for a bit of light relief she runs several of our Club's open dressage competitions and social events throughout the year.

In 1994, whilst competing at a Horse Trials qualifier, Carol suffered a heavy fall from her horse, resulting in lower body paralysis. She rose above the result of her accident magnificently. In 1995 Carol became Treasurer of HDRC which she holds to the present day along with becoming Vice-Chairman in 2006.

Carol joined the RDA and rode at The Diamond Centre, Carshalton, but decided driving was the way forward. In true Carol style she has given this all her energy and enthusiasm, becoming the Group Organiser for The Happy Landings Driving for the Disabled as well as joining the RDA National Committee. She went on to compete in Austria at the World Championships for Disabled Drivers and at her first attempt won a Team Silver and Individual Silver, driving her piebald cob Arthur. In 2003 she added a 3rd Individual Silver at the Disabled World Driving Championships in Edinburgh, driving pairs with Arthur and Scrappy.

If all this isn't enough Carol is also the Secretary for the West Sussex Branch of the British Horse Society and organises their two-day show each January. Once asked if she didn't find all this commitment too much, she modestly replied "Well I'd hate to be bored".....some chance!

Horsham RC is extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated person as Carol on its committee. Nothing is too much trouble or seems to faze her. Her exceptional organising skills are invaluable for the smooth running of all aspects of our club. Horsham would not be the club it is today without Carol. She readily volunteers her help, and her energy and lust for life is an inspiration to everyone she meets.

Carol is much loved and respected, always happy to advise & pass on her knowledge, is a truly outstanding volunteer for the Riding Club movement.


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