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Legacy from Robert Sullivan-Tailyour gives Riders a leg up

17 Sept 2019


Two mounting blocks at a gate leading to Salisbury Plain were unveiled on 15 September by family and friends of Robert Sullivan-Tailyour who left a bequest to The British Horse Society South West region following his death in 2015.

Robert had been a long standing volunteer of the BHS and was a former Chairman and Regional Chairman of the Society in Wiltshire and the South West. His army career had brought him to Warminster in Wiltshire where he ran the Warminster Saddle Club and had a long standing wish that there could be a circular route for riders around Salisbury Plain.

Work by subsequent BHS volunteers, and in particular Graham Bennett, has seen this wish come to fruition and the BHS in the South West thought it fitting that Robert’s legacy should be spent on helping riders to use the route by placing mounting blocks near a gate leading to the Plain which also looks down on Warminster and the village where he lived.

Family, friends, BHS volunteers and horses and riders from Warminster Saddle Club met at the site on a gloriously sunny day to raise a glass to Robert and mark the official siting of these blocks with a message from Robert to; ‘get back on that horse and enjoy your ride’.

 The inscription  Riders and friends gather at the site

 One of the mounting blocks  A rider using the block with Robert's wife, Sylvia looking on

Some riders had even had polo shirts made especially for the event Sylvia Sullivan-Tailyour with BHS Wiltshire Access Officers Graham and Myra Bennet who were instrumental in pulling the project together


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