Pat Parker Legacy


The BCPS are delighted to be able to offer a grant to our members, in memory of Pat Parker, to enable them to further their equestrian knowledge and expand their experience in all things horse related. The criteria for this grant are wide-ranging, however the project must benefit the Connemara pony and/or members of the BCPS in some way. If you have an idea or project that needs a bit of a financial leg-up then please apply. Applicants must be 16 years or over to apply but there is no upper age limit as Pat would tell you that ‘You are never too old to learn something’.

Please download the application form BELOW.

The grant has been very generously donated by Sue Neville-Parker whose mother was Pat Parker.  Pat was a familiar figure within the BCPS for many years and is well known for breeding Connemaras under the Arrow prefix. Pat ran a successful breaking and training yard in her 20’s and became an excellent rider competing in point-to-points, horse trials, show jumping and, in later years, rode classical dressage to a high standard. More information about Pat and her incredible journey can be found here: Arrow Equestrian


Previous grants awarded have enabled recipients to learn leather craft and  bridle making, set up a new Connemara society in a foreign country and organise a very successful award scheme and training day in the north of the country

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Pat Parker with Arrow Javelin

APPLICATION FORM – download here

The first grant was awarded to Jessica Harvey in 2021 to enable her to go on a harness making course.  The photograph at the very top of the page shows Jessica being given her cheque at the Breed Show 2021, applauded by members of the Pat Parker Legacy Group.

The second Pat Parker Legacy Award was given to Rafifa Hamoudova of the Czech Republic who has been instrumental in setting up a Connemara pony society there.  Rafifa used the proceeds of the Legacy to fly to England to attend the BCPS Colt Inspection at Moreton Morrell and the 2022 Breed Show.  We are delighted to have been able to offer assistance.  The photograph is of Rafifa being presented with her cheque by Andrew Morrey and Sue Nevill Parker.

The third Pat Parker Legacy was awarded to Heather Metcalf which enabled her to organise a Points Scheme and Working Hunter Training Day for riders in the North of England and Scotland.  The Training Day took place at Greenlands Equestrian Centre, Carlisle on 7th April 2023.  The aim was to get top class trainers to help the riders get the best from their ponies at the start of the season.

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