The British Horse Society is delighted to announce that one of its volunteers, Alison Harris, has received an MBE for services to the BHS and equestrian sport in Yorkshire.
Alison is a longstanding volunteer with the BHS, having first given up her time for the Society nearly 20 years ago. Throughout that time, she has chaired three committees in Yorkshire, including the overall region’s committee. She currently chairs the BHS North West Yorkshire committee.
In 2008, she received the Society’s Award of Merit (a national award) for her service to the BHS in Yorkshire. She also received a Sefton Award last year for her contribution to riding and road safety.
Alison is known as someone always keen to work on joint ventures and promote goodwill and collaboration – for example, she played a key role in promoting safe shared use of the roads by working alongside cycling groups in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire.
A very unassuming person, she is always keen for those around her to receive recognition and praise before herself. Alison has an innate ability to bring like-minded people together, and communicates easily and eloquently with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Her ability to lead, motivate and get the best from others is evident to the BHS. Alison is respected by those who know her not only for her good sense but also for her commitment to getting the job done.
“Alison is just brilliant – she’s so proactive and a real stalwart of the BHS through and through,” said Amy Clements, BHS Development Officer for Yorkshire.
“She’s very passionate about horses and the organisation as a whole, and has been a pioneer for the BHS in Yorkshire for many years.
“We’re all delighted that her tenacity, generosity and knowledge has been rightly recognised on such a high level.”