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08 November,2017

Rider honoured after two-year battle for safer roads

The founder of Pass Wide and Slow group has been given an award for her “pure determination” to improve conditions for riders on the roads.

The British Horse Society’s (BHS) Sefton Awards recognise those who have made an “outstanding contribution in the field of equestrian safety”.

Cornwall-based Debbie Smith was acknowledged for her petition calling for drivers to pass horses with care, which has been signed by more than 100,000 people, and her Pass Wide and Slow Facebook group, which has more than 11,000 members.

MP, Derek Thomas secured a Westminster Hall debate to discuss the issue of riding and road safety thanks to Debbie’s campaign.

Debbie was presented with the award at Hyde Park Barracks in London on 11 October.

“It’s good to be recognised and acknowledged by the BHS,” Debbie told H&H.

“Alan Hiscox [BHS director of safety] commented on my pure determination to get things done, but it’s what we’ve all done together.

“It’s not all about me, Christine [Brindle] has done a lot for instance, and Alan is working with us lots now.”

Debbie, who runs a business growing flowers for London markets, launched her campaign two years ago, but she did not anticipate the response it has had.

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