Children at Holme St. Cuthbert Primary School in Cumbria enjoyed the excitement of a Royal visit earlier this week when HRH The Princess Royal attended as part of a road safety campaign run by The British Horse Society (BHS).
HRH The Princess Royal is Vice-Patron of The Society and is an ardent supporter of the equestrian charity’s education projects. The schoolchildren were given a talk by Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the BHS, who covered the increasing number of reported incidents involving horses and vehicles. Topics included best practice around road safety awareness and how to pass horses safely on the road as pedestrians, cyclists and passengers in a car. The session also involved the children acting out scenes using hobby horses to bring some fun to the learning process! The children all received a rosette for completing the training module along with a leaflet to take home for their families to read.
Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The British Horse Society said: “We are very grateful to HRH The Princess Royal for all the support she gives to our many causes.
“We have an ongoing initiative called Dead Slow which educates drivers and horse riders on how to stay safe when they encounter one another on the road and getting our message across to children is an incredibly important part of this. By educating children as well as adults, I really believe we can help to save lives in the future.
“Having HRH, The Princess Royal present and able to witness the work we’re doing in schools was a huge privilege. Not surprisingly, the children were incredibly excited and engaged.”
Lynn Carini, Head Teacher at Holme St. Cuthbert Primary School, commented: “The children were thrilled by the Royal visit. They also got a vast amount from the BHS’s session. A massive thank you goes to everyone involved in making this such a special day for our school.”
The BHS’s schools programme is called Henry the Horse. It is free to access and more information is available below