Diana Martin-Bird, one of the founding members of the Pony Club, has died aged 91.

Mrs Martin-Bird devoted her life to equestrianism. She was the first chair of the Pony Club’s national committee and was Pony Club dressage chairman for many years.

Always keen to lead by example, she took her riding and road safety test when a septuagenarian, passing with flying colours.

Outside of the Pony Club, Mrs Martin-Bird was a passionate supporter of the British Horse Society, earning her long-service award in 2007.

A service of remembrance to celebrate her life was held last month.

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