Mary Tuck­ett

EQUO EVENTS VOL­UN­TEER OF THE YEAR

Horse & Hound - - Horse & Hound Awards 2017 -

“Idon’t sleep an aw­ful lot — and I spend a great deal of time in my car,” said Mary Tuck­ett with a smile, af­ter be­ing crowned the Equo Events Vol­un­teer of the Year. “Any­one in­volved in eques­trian sport knows how many vol­un­teers it takes to make things pos­si­ble and giv­ing some­thing back by vol­un­teer­ing is re­ward­ing. Ap­par­ently it makes you live longer, too — so I’m go­ing to be about 103 by the time I fin­ish!”

Mary, 56, has been chair­man of the Pony Club — a vol­un­tary po­si­tion — since 2014 and she also gives her time to other roles, in­clud­ing at Bri­tish Event­ing fix­tures. Even though the win­ter sea­son is upon us, Mary re­mains as busy as ever.

“In the old days, you Pony Clubbed in the sum­mer and went hunt­ing in the win­ter, but now all-weather sur­faces mean the Pony Club is

365 days a year,” she said. “We’ve got the Dengie win­ter league and all the train­ing days. At the moment we’re also go­ing through the process of fi­nal­is­ing the 2018 rule­book, hav­ing sports meet­ings, ar­rang­ing com­pe­ti­tion venues and dates — be­fore you know it, we’ll be in the spring.”

Mary added that her down­time is driv­ing her trac­tor at home on the farm.

“I vol­un­teer be­cause I love it,” she added. “I was shocked to be nom­i­nated and can’t be­lieve I’ve won this award; it’s nice to know that peo­ple no­tice what I do.”

‘It’s nice to know that peo­ple no­tice what I do’ MARY TUCK­ETT

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