In the second in our series of interviews designed to introduce BHS Oxfordshire members to their local committee, we meet Anna-Marie Wilby, Secretary and Riding Clubs Representative…
Name: Anna-Marie Wilby
Age (a ballpark, please!): 20s
Occupation: I'm a personal assistant.
Tell us about… your first pony: My first pony was an amazing dun New Forest mare called Bubbles. She used to corner like a motorbike on the wall of death!
… the first fall you can remember: At a cross-country practice on the aforementioned wonder-pony Bubbles. I was getting a bit cheeky, went to jump a showjump and she stopped dead, shooting me over her shoulder and putting me firmly back in my place! She did this several times, if I remember correctly.
… the first rosette you remember winning: I never win any!
… your horsey highlight: I have too many lovely, scary and sad horsey moments and struggle to pick just one. My favourite thing to do in the summer is to take a blanket out to my horse's field and just spend some time with her, watching her graze and giving her a brush if she comes for a cuddle. She has also been seen lying down in the field with me asleep in the crook of her neck.
… your most embarrassing horsey moment: When I was leading a racehorse up and the jockey pointed out I'd plaited him up on the wrong side. Oops.
… your current horse(s): Holly, a 10 year old TB x Welsh mare. She has beautiful, unusual markings. I had her on loan, and she was then bought for me as a surprise present - I'm very lucky, I know!
Do you compete? What is your preferred discipline? I compete mainly to beat myself and am not one for the limelight. Plus I have a memory like a sieve! Holly and I do a bit of everything.
What’s your favourite horsey activity? My favourite activity is dressage, and I really think it's the hardest and most technical discipline. It should be the backbone of all horses' training.
What’s your equine ambition? I have two ambitions for Holly and I in the coming year(s). Firstly to complete a BE90, and secondly to go hunting.
Share your yard secrets, please… what are your best time saving tips? Set the water buckets filling up while you muck out, instead of standing there watching them at the end of your routine.
What about money saving tips? Don't have a horse!
Tell us about your involvement with the BHS… what is your role on the committee? I am Secretary and British Riding Clubs Representative. As Secretary, it is my responsibility to produce the agenda with the Chair, take the minutes and produce action points for the regular committee meetings. I am also a point of contact for members and the committee.
As Riding Clubs Representative, it is my job to create links and communication between the local BHS and Riding Clubs in the county, liaising over event dates to avoid clashes and that sort of thing.
How long have you been on the committee, and how long in this role? I have been part of the committee for about eight months now.
How did you get involved with the BHS? I originally got involved because I was looking in to taking exams.
What’s your favourite part of the role? I like planning and attending events.
Thanks, Anna! Next time, we meet Tina Munday, who is an Access Officer.