Within the last week the Society has learnt of the sudden passing of Christine Ingram of the Newbrook Stud.
Christine joined the Society in 1984 and her passion was for the Welsh Ponies of Cob type Section C.
She joined the Worsley Riding Club Committee a few years after its inception and soon proved her worth as Secretary. At that time the club organised monthly shows of in hand and ridden classes, with a ‘Gala show’ incorporating special prizes to finish the season. Chris and her friend Lesley Garner joined the NWAWPCS shortly after it was formed and had the idea to provide Welsh classes at the Gala Show – which proved to be a great success and quickly became known as “the Flower Show” – courtesy of sponsor Wendy Newton. Flowers were awarded to all class winners with the section champions receiving a huge bouquet, making the show unique at the time. As a result competition was fierce as everybody wanted a bouquet!
There were few medal shows in the area and Christine was the driving force behind ensuring that Worsley Gala became a ‘medal show’, stoically overcoming the obstacles of changing venues to keep the show going, eventually gaining the coveted Silver Medal status.
She was also instrumental in strengthening the North Western Association as a sterling committee member.
Her Newbrook ponies were her passion and she bred many show winners. She was also delighted to be appointed to the Society’s Official panel of judges and was in demand at shows all over the country. Two of her highlights being asked to judge the ridden classes and the Gelding section at the Royal Welsh Show.
Christine’s enthusiasm and character will be much missed.
The Society offers its sympathies to her friends and family.
Photograph of Christine by kind permission of Mike Mcann.
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