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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