Pony Club founder’s tack and rugs donated to World Horse Welfare

  • The family of the late Diana Martin Bird – one of the founder members of the Pony Club – have donated much of her equestrian equipment to charity.

    Mrs Martin-Bird, who died last year aged 91, devoted her life to equestrianism and was the first chair of the Pony Club’s National Committee.

    Now, her children have donated a large quantity of tack, rugs and other equipment to World Horse Welfare, to help with the charity’s work improving the life of horses in the UK and overseas.

    The kit – which includes 25 rugs, three girths, stirrups, leathers and headcollars – is now for sale at the charity’s second-hand tack shop at its Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton, Norfolk.

    Mrs Martin-Bird’s son, Alastair, said: “Our mother was passionate about horses from an early age and I know she would have wanted her things to have gone to a good cause.

    “She accumulated lots of good quality rugs and tack and so it’s nice that others will hopefully get some pleasure from them.”

    Mrs Martin-Bird took her riding and road safety test when she was in her 70s and some of her high-visibility equipment is amongst the donated items.

    The donated equipment, as well as other donated items, are available to buy at Hall Farm between 10am and 4pm every Wednesday, weekend and bank holidays.

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