BACK in 1987, Patrick Langford, a past Chairman of The Pony Club, recognised the invaluable contribution of volunteers and supporters in facilitating the day to day running of The Pony Club at Branch level and suggested that there should be a special award for those special people who give so much time and energy to volunteer and support the activities of the organisation. And so, an award was introduced; it was named after the late Hon Guy Cubitt, a former Chairman of The Pony Club (1945 to 1970).
Volunteers and long standing supporters of The Pony Club may be nominated by a Branch Committee, Centre Proprietor or Company member for a Cubitt Award, which is given for 20 years service and after that, there are bars of 30, 40 and 50 years.
The main awards are held in England each year, but with restrictions at the moment, Area Representative Liz Lowry arranged a presentation evening at The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Lurgan to honour the numerous volunteers locally.
Liz said: “It was a very pleasant evening and it was good to share many experiences with everyone – for once without clip boards, ponies and children!”
This year in Area 17 (Northern Ireland), a large number of Pony Club volunteers received their 20 year awards, while Shirley and Billy McCombe got a 30 year bar to add to their Cubitts.
On that evening alone, the service of these volunteers to The Pony Club added up to 220 years!