The British Horse Society has expressed great sadness at the death of former Regional Access and Bridleways Officer for the South West, The Honourable Philippa Mary Agnes Joan Luard, on 23 July 2015.
Born on 17 November 1930, Philippa spent time in Malaya in the early 1960s whilst her husband was serving on secondment with the Malaysian Army. She set up a primary school, which she continued in Westmorland upon returning from Malaya in 1965.
Phillippa was a Pony Club instructor for the Cumberland and Westmorland Farmers Pony Club, she kept her horses and ponies in the ammunition compound at Warcop where her husband was Commandant. From there, Philippa returned to Eversley in Hampshire where she was involved with the local Sandhurst Pony Club. It was in Eversley that Philippa first showed an interest in bridleways and access and she quickly got involved with the BHS where she took up the position of Regional Access Officer for the South West as well as Chair of the BHS Access and Rights of Way Advisory Committee. Philippa made regular trips to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire to be involved with access work until she retired from the role in 1987 after moving to Devon with her husband, Major Anthony Luard. She then ran a DIY Livery Yard in Devon from 1987 until her death.
Philippa received an award of Merit in 1992 for Excellent Service to the Society over a period of years, she was a highly respected volunteer and the BHS would like to thank her for all the work she did over the years to protect, extend and promote equestrian access throughout the South West, and indeed the entirety of the United Kingdom.
There will be a memorial service held at St James’ Church, Swimbridge, North Devon, EX32 0PH on Saturday 12 September at 2:30pm. Donations in her memory to the North Devon Hospice c/o A D Williams, 31 Portland Street, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9NL.