BHS Warwickshire have been hard at work over the last year and outlined their successes at the recent Annual Meeting on 22 October.
- Over the last 12 months 24 members have attained Horse Owners Certificates ranging from Level 1-4.
- On 30 June, nine members brought their horses to The Sports Horse Centre at Ryton for riding lessons with Karen Whiston, BHSI, Ride With Your Mind Biomechanics Coach and UKCC Level 3. The lessons were subsidised by the West Midlands Region to allow members access to the facilities and coaching at a reduced rate.
- Eight Riding and Road Safety tests have been run with as usual 90 percent pass rates, so the team is very happy. All our assessors and trainers have been on update courses and are looking forward to next year’s newly formatted update day. More trainers would be welcome and we have a new probationary assessor.
- Our three volunteer welfare officers have attended over 60 cases across the county and most are resolved, however a few still need to be monitored. Cases have involved ragwort; overweight horses as well as very thin horses; unsuitable living conditions, including horses living in a sub-urban back garden; lack of grazing/hay/water; overgrown and cracked feet; laminitis; inadequate and dangerous fencing/ horses getting out onto road; overstocking; strangles; worming advice; indiscriminate breeding; general advice and support, including castration of colt and helping a terminally ill horse owner to make arrangements for the future of their horses.
- Warwickshire is a large county and our committee would benefit from having some Assistant Access Officers. We liaise with Coventry, Birmingham, and Solihull Councils trying to ascertain which areas are covered by which council. We deal with a variety of issues reported by BHS members and non-members and attempt to bring about resolutions to them, to enable riders to enjoy safe routes to ride. New problems are coming in constantly, besides existing ones that are on-going.
- Membership in the County continues to rise and Warwickshire currently have 1,298 members and we have a group page on Facebook with regular updates and news.
- We hope to run more training and events for our members this year and welcome suggestions from members so we can provide useful practical support. Look out for an evening about worming, coming up in the Spring.
- Congratulations to Sandy Sandon who will collect her 25 years long service award at the BHS Awards Ceremony in London on 2 November and to Nicky Inglis who was presented with her 10 years long service award at the meeting. We are very lucky to have such experienced and dedicated volunteers in our County.