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A horse-woman from the Eden Valley has been awarded the Ponyu Club 40 Years Badge.
Mrs Gay Parkin of Howtown, Penrith has been awarded the badge for her time as a Committee Member of the Cumberland Farmers' Hunt (South) Branch of the Pony Club.
Last year Gay was elected President of the Branch but during the past 40 years she has been the Secretary and the District Commissioner, in charge of the organisation of the Penrith based Branch. Mrs Sarah Harden, the present District Commissioner, presented Gay with the badge on behalf of all the hundreds of Pony Club Members who have been supported by Gay in her volunteered roles.
As Gay MacInnes, she was a 7 year old Member of the Branch when it was founded by Mrs Margaret Washington, following the split of the Farmers' Hunt into North and South Branches. She has seen the Branch grow in size and is proud of the many successful Members.
The Pony Club is a world-wide educational youth organisation that aims to instruct Members on all aspects of horsemanship. This includes the care of ponies as well as to ride to a standard that will enable them to go on to compete, teach or just to ride safely.
Many of our successful local riders and GB Olympic competitors have been Pony Club Members.