The British Horse Society honoured the individuals and organisations who have supported the largest equestrian charity’s work at an awards ceremony at Saddlers Hall in the City of London on Friday 2 November.
Helen Timpany from Hampshire received a prestigious BHS award for the best voluntary dedication of a bridleway. The ‘Lady Elizabeth Kirk Award’ was presented by the Society’s President Martin Clunes.
Helen has agreed to dedicate a new path (with ancient rights) over Hazeley Heath which belongs to her family Trust. Hazeley Heath is a registered common that has no bridleways over it due to an error in recording its status in 1949 when the definitive map was created. By dedicating this bridleway, Helen is giving riders access across the common for perpetuity.
The first phase of the dedication has been made under Section 25 of the Highways Act, meaning that the Highways Authority will have a duty to maintain it. The second phase is now awaiting the completion of some works across the heath, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Helen has also granted access by permission for all equestrians over the major part of the common.