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.
Bobbie Matulja from Bromsgrove received a prestigious award for the BHS member who has done most for equestrian access. The award was presented by the Society’s President Martin Clunes.
As BHS Access Officer for Worcestershire, Bobbie works tirelessly to improve bridleways throughout the area for the benefit of all horse owners. Her extensive knowledge of map reading and public rights of way, combined with her tenacity, meticulous attention to detail and excellent communication skills, enable Bobbie to deal with enquiries from members, local councils and others who require her knowledge and skills.
Bobbie represents local riders on the Local Access Forum, and previously on the Rights of Way Liaison Group. She attends public consultations on access issues, liaising closely with council officers concerning issues about the dedication, re-direction or clearing of local bridleways.
She leads volunteer teams to install or replace gateways or to clear overgrown bridleways so these sites can be properly used. Having recently secured council funding for way-markers for the Sabrina Way, Bobbie intends personally to waymark the 46-mile Worcestershire section. Bobbie is a valuable asset to horse riders in Worcestershire and her significant contribution is worthy of recognition.