The British Horse Society is extremely saddened to learn of the passing of our former Chairman, Pat Campbell. Pat was a true equestrian with an unparalleled dedication to horses, and her loss will be felt by all who knew her.
Few people can claim to have given as much to British equestrianism over as long a period as Pat. A member of the Pony Club in her youth, she gave back in full by running a branch of the organisation for many years. Pat began breeding native ponies and hunters in 1960 and served on countless judging panels. A relentless champion of native breeds, she was the Chairman of the BHS Horse and Pony Breeds Committee for many years, and was also either Chairman, President (or both) of The Dartmoor Pony Society, National Pony Society, National Stallion Association, Ponies UK and the Central Prefix Register.
A Trustee of the BHS for five years, Pat was also the Society’s Chairman from 2001 until 2004 and remained actively involved with the Society thereafter on various committees. Equine welfare was always Pat’s passion and priority and she remained at the forefront of the campaign against equine obesity in the showing world.
Pat took to the skies in 2013, undertaking a charity parachute jump to raise money for the BHS and the Air Ambulance. She raised thousands of pounds for equine welfare, a remarkable feat under any circumstances, but quite astonishing given that she disliked heights - and that the occasion marked her 80th birthday!
Pat was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in July 2014 when HRH Princess Anne presented her with The Queen’s Award for Equestrianism, an award made on the recommendation of the BHS for outstanding services to equestrianism. She was also awarded the BHS President’s Award in 2004 when she stepped down as Chairman for her remarkable record of achievement.
Every position Pat held within the equine industry was voluntary. Over more than 60 years, she selflessly gave up thousands of hours of her own time, and gave freely of her expertise, in order to help others.
Pat’s life and work were a true inspiration, and her legacy to British equestrianism is profound. She will be very much missed.
Pat Campbell with Claire Aldridge (then BHS Chairman) in 2004 with her Queen’s Award For Equestrianism