Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Posted on 25th October 2017


Everyone at Free Spirit would like to congratulate all the volunteers at Gartmore Riding School RDA on receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 

​The certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen along with the exclusive commemorative crystal were formally presented by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Staffordshire, Mr Graham Stow CBE DL to Andrew Hardisty, a volunteer for twenty five years.  One hundred volunteers were presented with a Queen's Award Badge in recognition of their service with Gartmore RDA


Gartmore Riding School RDA joins the list of Staffordshire volunteer groups that have been honoured as recipients of this award, maintaining Staffordshire’s position of being the shire county with the largest number of winners since the award was launched, an achievement that deserves much celebration.


“The horse is central to the voluntary work at Gartmore;  this intelligent, compassionate and emotive animal breaks down barriers and is unprejudiced in their approach to everyone who works with them. The horse does not judge others by their background, education or physical ability and it is this open minded and embracing approach that is  reflected by the outstanding team of volunteers that Gartmore Riding School RDA is proud to have acknowledged through this award".

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