BHS Access and Bridleways Officer, Carol Shoopman has just completed a quarter of a century of voluntary service for The British Horse Society and was presented with her 25 year long service certificate by the BHS South West Regional Chairman, Jennifer Ham.
Carol started volunteering on the BHS Hampshire commitee and then 11 years ago when she moved to Dorset she was quick to continue her work with BHS Dorset.
Active on access and bridleway issues for over 30 years, Carol also co-founded the Solent Riding Club and Solent Bridleways Action Group in Hampshire, which were very successful in securing new routes for riders.
As well as being the Dorset BHS Access Officer Carol is also Vice Chairman for BHS Dorset and gets actively involved in many other aspects of the work of the Society.
Carol is passionate about safe access for horses and riders and is also a Trustee of the North Dorset Trailway Group who, with the help of Dorset County Council, are creating a multi user path on a disused railway line. At present they are working on sections between Spetisbury and Stalbridge. A lot of the route is already in use but there is still a long way to go.
Many local riders will also have taken part in the Pleasure Rides that Carol organises each year, the next one being the BHS Dorset Spring Pleasure Ride at The Old Airfield at Tarrant Rushton on 12 May 2013.
BHS Regional Development Officer, Julie Garbutt, said: "If it were not for people like Carol who give their time and expertise, there would be many bridleways that would not be available to riders and the BHS is very priveledged to have such a wonderful volunteer."