Double honour for HAPPA

Two leading figures about animal charity HAPPA have been highly commended in a national awards.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 7:00 am

Chief executive Sarah Arthur and head of Equine Operations, Amanda Berry, have been awarded the National Equine Forum’s Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award - Highly Commended.

Sarah said: “This year HAPPA, like many of our peers within the industry, has had to rise to the challenges caused by the pandemic. I am extremely proud that we have been able to adapt to meet the needs of our stakeholders and the horses and ponies who rely on us.

"The team have continued to provide exemplary standards of care to the horses and ponies in the charity’s care, safely rehoming many and welcoming visitors when restrictions have permitted, continued investigating concerns of cruelty and neglect and above all provided a safe working environment for staff and professionals to continue to rehabilitate HAPPA equines.

Sarah and Amanda

"Amanda and I are truly astounded to be recognised for what we believe is just part of our daily role within the charity. I offer congratulations to the overall winner Claire Williams, executive director of the British Equestrian Trade Association.”

The Sir Colin Spedding Award was introduced to the National Equine Forum in 2013, following the death of Sir Colin Spedding who was the founding chairman of the NEF.

The purpose of the award is to recognise an exceptional and unsung hero of the equestrian world.

Given the circumstances of 2020 and the impact of the global pandemic the organising committee at NEF have decided to introduce, for 2021 only, an additional commendation, to recognise those of merit in the equestrian industry that have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.