Showing star Katie Jerram has become a Patron of Essex Bridleways Association. One of the country’s leading show producers, Katie and her family are staunch supporters of public rights of way having cleared overgrown byways and footpaths since moving to their Essex farm some 50 years ago.
Katie, who lists HM The Queen among her owners, had no hesitation in taking on the role, saying: “I am delighted to help EBA raise awareness of the work they carry out on behalf of riders in our county. I’m fortunate to have land and space to ride on locally so I fully appreciate how important it is that rights of way remain open throughout Essex and that lost routes are reclaimed to ensure off-road access to our beautiful countryside.”
EBA Chair, Julia Wilson said, “This is a very exciting time for EBA and we are thrilled that Katie has agreed to become our Patron. We are a small charity with a committed band of volunteers and our fundraising rides mean that we can also pay for dedicated research and development work which offers long term benefits for Essex riders. However, our significant equestrian population is being placed under intense pressure as Essex becomes ever more urbanised. We are making progress but always need more help and would urge horse owners to at least join EBA to support this work.”
For more information visit www.essexbridleways.co.uk