British Horse Society elects new chairman

7th January 2013

Claire Aldridge is the new Chairman of the UK’s largest equestrian charity, The British Horse Society (BHS).

Claire has been an active member of the Society for many years. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in equestrian welfare and safety, assets which have been of great benefit to the BHS since her election as a Trustee in June 2009. She has served as Vice-Chairman since April last year and now looks forward to working with the Board and the new Chief Executive to build a dynamic organisation serving all members.

Having run several successful businesses for more than 30 years up to the present day, Claire has a broad knowledge of business. Her understanding of the BHS is second to none, having served in a variety of roles including Chairman of the Safety Advisory Committee and as a Riding and Road Safety Examiner. She is currently the charity’s Welfare Officer for the London region, as well as Chairman of the Regional Welfare Officers and Chairman of the Equine Health and Welfare Advisory Committee. She is also Chairman of the North Kent Joint Equine Group.

The BHS Trustees were also delighted to welcome Margot Tiffany BHSI onto the Board. Margot rejoins the group, having previously served as a BHS Trustee from 2008 to 2011 with particular interests in Qualifications and Training, Education and Welfare.

Margot, from Northallerton in Yorkshire, has worked throughout her life teaching and helping riders of all types, from competition to leisure riders. She is an exemplary ambassador for the Society who promotes goodwill and collaboration across the equestrian community. Her achievements were recognised at the end of last year when she received the prestigious Bodynfoel Award for excellent service in promoting the work of the BHS.