BHS Warwickshire – review of 2017
It's been a busy year for The British Horse Society in Warwickshire!
- A new chair, secretary and treasurer were welcomed to the county committee.
- Our team of volunteer welfare officers responded to reports of welfare concerns across Warwickshire and in neighbouring counties.
- Three new access and bridleways officers joined our volunteer team – representing Southam, Berkswell, and Kenilworth and Burton Green.
- Several access queries were investigated, and action taken to re-open a bridleway near Priors Hardwick which had been inaccessible for five years.
- County funds were invested in a smart new pop-up trade stand specifically for use in Warwickshire to promote the work of The British Horse Society and help us to engage with local members.
- Stocks of BHS-branded hi-vis vests were bought to make available at our events, to encourage riders to 'Be Seen – Be Safe'.
- An evening talk on feeding by a TopSpec nutritionist was held in April, in Nuneaton.
- To mark Ride Out UK Month in May, we organised escorted rides in the Shipston-on-Stour area, raising £200 for the Paths for Communities Fund.
- An equestrian table top sale was held in Nuneaton in September, raising £200 for the Castration Appeal.
- Events attended to raise awareness of the BHS's work included:
- Warwickshire Rural Crime meeting, Ryton Organic Gardens, January
- Kenilworth Show, June – where we sponsored the showing classes for rescued horses and ponies
- Dallas Burston Polo Club's Equestrian Day, Southam, August
- Ditchford Fun Ride, Shipston-on-Stour, October
- 608 Equine Vets' evening talk on 'Updates on Medical Conditions in the Horse', November
- Hook Norton Veterinary Group's evening talk on 'The Hoof, the Whole Hoof and Nothing But The Hoof', December
- Long-standing Warwickshire volunteer Sandy Sandon was recognised at the annual BHS Awards ceremony in November, for her 30 years' service to the charity.
- Planning began for The Platinum Show – affiliated and unaffiliated showing to be held at Moreton Morrell College on 29th April 2018 in celebration of the BHS's Platinum Year.
The Warwickshire committee would like to thank everyone who has supported us and our activities throughout the year, especially local members and the organisers of events who have kindly invited our attendance.
Our committee members are all volunteers. If you want to help make a difference and contribute to your Society's work in Warwickshire, then why not join us? Find out about ways to volunteer.