Alison Harris, the acting Chair and Press Officer for The British Horse Society North West Yorkshire, was presented with the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) Presidents Award on the 16 November at Saddlers Hall London by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.
Alison has been associated with the RDA for over forty years. She started the RDA Ackworth group in 1975 and was responsible for setting up a shareholder system whereby people could pay a monthly amount to take care and ride the ponies when they were not being used by the RDA. Alison successfully raised funds to build an all weather arena for the Ackworth group which was officially opened by HRH Princess Anne in 1983.
Alison was Regional Chairman and on the National Council for RDA as well as a member of the National Management committee. She was chair person of the Ackworth group for twenty years before retiring in May this year. Alison continues to devote her spare time to promoting the values of the British Horse Society and was in fact presented with a long service award last year by Amy Clements, Yorkshire Development Officer, for over 20 years service to the Region. Alison has recently stood down as chairman of the Yorkshire regional committee, and at her final meeting in October 2012, the committe thanked Alison with a small presentation of their own.
It is because of the hard work and dedication of volunteers like Alison that The British Horse Society is able to provide advice, information and support to owners, riders and professionals in order to improve our relationship with horses and more importantly to improve the welfare of horses and ponies across the country.