No horsing around for sheriff

High Sheriff of Northumberland Harriet Benson, with RDA officials and Pegasus Centre staff also present, gives out Young Equine Leader Bronze awards to ten volunteers.
High Sheriff of Northumberland Harriet Benson, with RDA officials and Pegasus Centre staff also present, gives out Young Equine Leader Bronze awards to ten volunteers.

AN equestrian facility near Morpeth recently welcomed a special guest.

The High Sheriff of Northumberland, Harriet Benson, was given a tour of the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell. She saw the outdoor and indoor arenas, along with the stables.

She then presented Young Equine Leader Bronze awards to some of its young volunteers, the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) National Volunteer of the Year Runner-up award to Christine Jessen and proficiency certificates to Collingwood School and Media Arts College pupils.

The Young Equine Leaders Award scheme is administered by the RDA nationally on behalf of all equestrian organisations. The award is designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so they become equestrian leaders of the future.

The Bronze award requires 20 hours of volunteering and introduces skills in responsibility, organisation and communication – tested by means of a written assessment.

Those receiving the award at the presentation were Sarah Brooks, Becky Clark, Megan Clark, Ellie Dodds, Megan Glyde, Rosanna Nolan, Rachel Donaldson, Molly Elliott, Hollie Kendall and Robyn Rowntree.

A number of those receiving the Bronze accolade have already expressed an interest in progressing to Silver and Gold awards.

The High Sheriff said she was “very impressed” with what she had seen during her visit.

She added: “It is wonderful to see young people giving their time to help others who are less fortunate.”