40th Anniversary Celebrations for DC Vanne Campbell MBE

Vanne Ruby Celebrations BR Farm
HAVING A CHAT: Joan Withers, Shirley McCombe, Assistant District Commissioner and Daphne Irwin having a chat at the anniversary party. (FW42-514NN)

VANNE Campbell MBE is celebrating 40 years as District Commissioner of Iveagh Branch of the Pony Club.

A party was held in The Belmont House Hotel in Banbridge, this was also the venue where Vanne was elected District Commissioner of Iveagh Branch of the Pony Club on October 10, 1978, following the retirement of Mrs Di Watson.

CATCHING UP: Ronnie Duke, Grainne Bennett, Sonya Rowe and Amanda Whitesmith having a catch up at the anniversary party. (FW42-513NN)

Throughout Ireland and the UK, in the Pony Club and Eventing World, Vanne Campbell is an instantly recognisable figure. Iveagh Pony Club was founded in 1962 with Vanne’s parents as instructors, and her mother Diana Cowdy then also became DC.

She and her brother Ralph Cowdy were active Pony Club members, and grew up with the Pony Club. Ralph subsequently joined the Cadre Noir, one of the most prestigious horsemanship schools in the world.

Vanne admitted that she was a nervous rider, which explains why she is so good at encouraging the less confident members of the Pony Club and helping them find their area of expertise.

Current members and parents, past members and parents, coaches, friends and connections of Iveagh Branch over the decades, all attended this wonderful celebration for a wonderful lady.

The evening commenced with a drinks reception and canapes, followed by an address by Casey Webb, a current Iveagh member who was appointed a Pony Club Ambassador this year and is an International Eventer.

HERE’S TO VANNE: Jill McElroy, Anne Chambers, Allison Slater, Ann and Darren McClorey raise a glass to Vanne at her 40th Anniversary celebrations. (FW42-512NN)

Vanne was presented with a trophy and a fabulous oil painting of Iveagh Pony Club grounds at Moyallon Road, Portadown, painted by local artist Tanya Smith.

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