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Obituary: The Hon Susan Milln

27 Nov 2012

Susan died peacefully at The Roseland Parc Nursing Home in Tregony near Truro on 10 October 2012.

She had moved to Cornwall with her husband Peter and their four children in 1958 but the house had no land for ponies and the children were keen to ride.  In 1964, a 30-acre farm with holiday lettings came on the market which she was keen to buy. Here, ponies were bought for the eldest girls and the surrounding riding routes were explored. 

Susan soon discovered that when definitive maps were produced in 1950s, Parish Councils were told to produce a only a footpath map as very few people were riding at the time. People began to object when they found her children riding on footpaths and there were potentially dangerous incidents when they were forced to ride on the roads.  

She decided to form The Cornwall Bridleways Association and such was the need for this that there was a large attendance at the first meeting.  With a great deal of help from the BHS she was able to campaign for better riding routes and was able to compile evidence which resulted in many footpaths being up graded to bridleways.  When the BHS took on the responsibility for bridleways, Susan became the Bridleways Officer for Cornwall, a position which she held for very many years.  Susan's service was recognised at a ceremony in London where she was presented with a special award. 

Susan was liked and respected by all her BHS committee members who really appreciated the time, knowledge and enthusiasm she gave to further safer riding for us all and she will be sadly missed.

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