Top pony club names gather in Sidford to honour Anne

District Commissioner for the Axe Vale Pony Club, Anne Roberts, retires at the 2015 award evening. G

District Commissioner for the Axe Vale Pony Club, Anne Roberts, retires at the 2015 award evening. Guests of honour were Olympic medalist, Mary King and her daughter Emily, Ross Wilmington from the Axe Vale Hunt and Mary Tuckett, chairman of the Pony Club. Ref shs 9307-10-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Past and present Sid Valley members of a pony club, including Olympian Mary King, turned out to give their mentor of 30 years a fitting send-off.

To mark the retirement of district commissioner Anne Roberts, a surprise tribute was arranged at the Axe Vale Hunt branch of the Pony Club’s annual general meeting.

Top pony club bosses and equestrian names, including rising star Emily King, 18, and her Olympic silver medallist mum Mary, gathered at the Blue Ball in Sidford to honour Anne’s work.

Club secretary Karen Bostock said Anne was really pleased.

“The chairman of the pony club, Mary Tuckett, travelled all the way down from Berkshire to give a talk and presentation to Anne,” she said.


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Former club members Mary and Emily stayed on to give a talk to the club.

Mary also handed out awards to club youngsters, as she does each year.

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