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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