Volunteers’ Week celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2014, and the BHS is celebrating all of our volunteers - especially those who had been with us for this landmark three decades.
Helen Manns, from Wales, is one of those inspirational volunteers – but she’s given us much more than 30 years.
This year, Helen will celebrate an astounding 60th year as a volunteer with the BHS, and is an outstanding example of just how much difference our volunteers’ efforts can make.
Jan Roche, BHS Development Director for Wales, says, “Helen is totally brilliant – always on hand with advice and a true ambassador for volunteering and The British Horse Society.”
Helen first started volunteering at 17 years old, teaching children at her local Pony Club. With her can-do attitude, she founded the ‘8 to 80’ ball, bringing people of all ages together to raise funds for the Club.
Her dedication has continued ever since, together with competing successfully in both eventing and dressage, and a professional career in sports education.
Over the last six decades, Helen has been an Area Chair for British Riding Clubs, Chairman of BHS Herefordshire, Chief Steward at numerous horse trials, an Official at Gatcombe and Chairman of the BHS Competitions Committee.
Today, she is still Vice Chairman of BHS Wales and Treasurer for BRC Area 15.
Alongside her numerous roles, Helen has also helped to develop the next generation of equine talent, recently receiving the British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medal 4-Year-Old Award for Sea Admiral SHB (GB) at the British Horse Foundation Breeder awards ceremony.
When asked what she’d say to someone thinking about volunteering with us, Helen explained her motivation: “I got involved as I wanted to give something back as so many people had helped me as a youngster.
“I wanted to give the next generation the same enjoyment I had as a result of the time people gave up for free. Now I want to support young people to get involved so we together we help people be involved with horses.”
To find out more about how you can get involved with the BHS, visit our volunteering section.