Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal yesterday (25 September) paid a visit to Askham Bryan College near York to attend a road safety awareness event organised by The British Horse Society (BHS) and the College.
As Vice-Patron of the BHS and a supporter of the BHS’ work on equestrian safety, The Princess Royal was invited to the college to observe safety demonstrations depicting some of the key areas of safety work being carried out by the charity.
Electric car demonstrations were held by Alfa Power, looking into the impact these vehicles have on safety for both horses and equestrians. The demonstrations held before Her Royal Highness were non-scientific exercises involving electric cars approaching horses from behind to observe the horse’s reactions.
The British Horse Society was approached by Alfa Power with the prospect of a partnership to further examine the potential conflicts between electric cars and equestrians. The BHS aims to work closely with Alfa Power in the future to conduct scientific tests to examine the impact of electric vehicles in depth. This work will help support the key safety messages promoted by the BHS, especially its Dead Slow campaign.
The Princess Royal was also introduced to College students and lecturers who demonstrated the training being undertaken for the BHS’s Ride Safe Award. The award is designed to educate and equip riders with the skills and knowledge to confidently ride out both on and off the road.
Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The British Horse Society said: “One of the BHS’s main charitable objectives is to promote and advance the education, training and safety of the public in all matters relating to the horse. As a BHS Assessment and Training Centre, it was fantastic to be able to work with Askham Bryan College to demonstrate to HRH The Princess Royal the brilliant work The British Horse Society and its partners are doing to protect and promote the safety of equestrians across the country.”
Dr Tim Whitaker, Acting CEO and Principal of Askham Bryan College said: “We were delighted to welcome the Princess to see our College and this ground breaking study into what is such an important part of road safety for both riders and drivers. Our students and staff were thrilled to meet and talk to the Princess, particularly given her tremendous experience and achievements as an accomplished horsewoman.”