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In Memoriam: Peggy Alpin

Tributes have been pouring in for Pony Club stalwart Peggy Alpin, who sadly lost her brave battle with cancer on 30 March 2017.

Peggy, from Kirk Deighton, West Yorkshire, began her association with The Pony Club as a Member of the Bramham Moor Branch. Her tireless work as a Volunteer commenced when she took up a position on the Branch committee and then became Branch Secretary. She also took responsibility for training their Show Jumping, Eventing and Mounted Games Teams. Later she became Chief Instructor to oversee all areas of training.

Peggy then joined the York & Ainsty North Branch as a committee member before becoming Area Representative for Area 3. She was also a member of The Pony Club Equestrian Council and served on various committees including Show Jumping, Polocrosse, Pony Racing and Training; continuing to share her invaluable experience for the benefit of a huge number of Members.

Pony Club Chairman, Mary Tuckett, said: “Peggy was always such a smiley, friendly person who ‘bounced’ into meetings and lit up the room. The Pony Club owes her a huge debt, and she will be greatly missed by those who have such very fond memories of her.”

Barbara Lister worked closely with Peggy to ensure the smooth running of matters in Area 3. She said: “Peggy will be remembered as a fair and kind lady who always stressed the importance of making sure all Pony Club Members were given an equal opportunity to participate in all activities. The support she gave to her Branches was unwavering, and she was always willing to listen, and to advise others using the vast knowledge she had accumulated over the years.”

Peggy selflessly devoted countless hours to The Pony Club as a whole, and her Area in particular, where she was a well-known and respected figure. In 2017 she was awarded The Cubitt Bar for 40 years service as a Volunteer; a richly deserved award she treasured receiving.

Speaking about Peggy, Show Jumping committee member and former Pony Club Chief Executive Judy Edwards said: ”It has been my privilege and pleasure to have classed Peggy as a friend and colleague for the past 23 years.

“Always positive, always so very glamorous and with that wicked sense of humour even through the darkest of times of her long fought battle, Peggy had that amazing ability of making your day brighter for having seen or spoken to her. The Pony Club has lost one of its longest serving and knowledgeable volunteers, and I and many others have lost a very dear and special friend.”

Peggy leaves behind her husband Ian and daughter Charlotte.

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