THE Rt. Hon. Dame Caroline Spelman DBE has joined The British Horse Society (BHS) as Specialist Trustee for Policy, Campaigning and Government Relations.
She will play a pivotal role in the Society’s lobbying effort across many key causes, including the required support for the equine industry as the United Kingdom emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown.
Dame Spelman, pictured above, served as the Member of Parliament for Meriden in the West Midlands from 1997 to 2019. She has held many senior ministerial appointments including Secretary of State for Defra.
She was Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Horse for many years and championed the work of the Society across all of its charitable aims: welfare, education, safety and access.
Access is of particular interest to Caroline and one of her priorities will be working on how best to meet the challenge of the 2026 deadline for the recording of historical routes on the definitive map – which potentially threatens thousands of miles of bridleways.
Tim Lord, Chairman at The British Horse Society said: “We are seeking to expand and develop our interaction with Government at all levels in order to achieve policy changes which will benefit all equestrians.
“I am absolutely delighted that Caroline has accepted this specialist position and her experience, expertise and passion for horses will bring many benefits to the Society, our members and the wider equine community.”
Caroline Spelman added: “I’m honoured to be asked to join The BHS as a Trustee as I’m a huge fan of its work; being a keen rider I have reason to be grateful for its excellent advice and effective campaigning.”
Caroline and her daughter are both keen equestrians and members of British Riding Clubs, which is run by The BHS.
As the largest equine charity in the UK, The British Horse Society is dedicated to education, equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, and safety for horse and riders.
The Society’s thriving and active community of staff and volunteers are committed to improving the lives of horses everywhere.