The Pony Club kicked off Volunteers’ Week, held June 1-7th to mark the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK, with its annual Cubitt Award ceremony.
The annual awards are held in honour of volunteers who have given in excess of 20 years to The Pony Club, and take their name from the late Hon Guy Cubitt, who was Chairman of The Pony Club for 25 years and President from 1970 – 1979.
2015 saw *68 volunteers awarded the Cubitt certificate and badge, alongside 10 awardees who also received their Cubitt Bar for more than 30 years service, and a further four for an extraordinary 40 years or more of service!
The 2015 awardees had given an incredible amount to The Pony Club, with over 1700 years of volunteering between them and with one particularly notable contribution coming from husband and wife Sylvia and John Foster and their daughter Susan Tomlinson from the Meynell Hunt Branch in Staffordshire; who between them represented over 60 years of incredible volunteering service!
Following lunch, the ceremony got underway and awardees were presented with their Cubitt Award by Mary Tuckett, Chairman of The Pony Club, who commented “Volunteers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity for The Pony Club to extend its gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who give up their time to help the next generation of young equestrians learn and develop. The Cubitt Awards are just one way for The Pony Club to say ‘thank you’ to some of its most exceptional volunteers, but we also have lots of activities lined up for the week to reach as many of our volunteers as possible, no matter what role they play for our organisation.”
The Cubitt Award ceremony also saw the launch of the new Pony Club Volunteer Badge, available to all Pony Club volunteers as something they can wear and be proud of! The Volunteer Badge is supported by International Event Rider and former Pony Club Member Zara Phillips, who comments “Volunteers come from all walks of life, from the young instructor helping at their first stable management rally to the long serving camp organiser. As a former Member I have great memories of taking part in all Pony Club activities – thank you, to all the Volunteers who give their time to make the learning, friendship and fun that The Pony Club offers, possible”.
Pony Club volunteers are encouraged to apply for the Volunteer Badge online at www.pcuk.org, where further information about volunteering with The Pony Club can also be found.