President, Dr Harry Greenway
Dr Harry Greenway has served the cause of equestrianism for 50 years, as a school teacher, as a Member of Parliament, as the only President of the National Equine Welfare Council and the Association of British Riding Schools, and as a Member of the Council (and latterly Trustee) of The British Horse Society.
As a Member of Parliament, Dr Greenway introduced a Private Members Bill, later to become the Horses (Protective Headgear for Young Riders) Act 1990. This measure has undoubtedly led to a significant reduction in the number of serious injuries suffered by young riders.
As a Trustee of The British Horse Society (and formerly as a Member of the BHS Council) Dr Greenway has brought a sharp and informed mind to discussions, whether on matters relating to welfare, financial propriety or – a particular passion of his – the extending of equestrian opportunities to young people, especially those from backgrounds in which horse riding does not usually feature. His distinguished period of service with the BHS lasted some 33 years.
As NEWC’s President he has ensured that the many equine organisations which work for the well-being of horses, ponies and donkeys have been able to work together effectively and efficiently. He has hosted publications and events launches on behalf of NEWC and is always on hand to offer advice and support with whatever important work NEWC is currently undertaking.
Vice President, Lesley Barwise-Munro BVM&S BSc CertEP MRCVS
Lesley Barwise-Munro graduated from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS) in 1986. Since then Lesley has worked as an equine practitioner with the Aln Veterinary Group, now part of the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group. Lesley is Senior Veterinary Surgeon for Newcastle Racecourse and also carries out local point to point duties. Her main areas of clinical expertise are lameness, respiratory disease, dentistry and how they influence performance. As time allows, Lesley enjoys hunting and has two daughters.
In 1992 Lesley completed her RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice and in 1998 joined BEVA Council and was elected as President in 2005. During her time on Council she worked with the Government and the major animal welfare organisations developing the recent Animal Welfare Act 2006. This work was recognised with the presentation of The Blue Cross Equine Welfare Award by HRH the Princess Royal at BEVA Congress in 2006.
Lesley has driven forward the development of the Equine Health and Welfare Strategy for Great Britain as well as playing a key role in developing the Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium, and is currently driving forward the changes to the law on the licensing of livery yards.
In September 2011 Lesley opened a major new clinic in Northumberland, the Alnorthumbria group’s clinic which offers full hospitalisation and surgical facilities on site for all sectors of the equine industry across the North East.
Vice President, Mary King
Mary King is a British Olympic equestrian sportswoman who has represented Great Britain at six Olympics from 1992 to 2012, winning two silver and one bronze medal in the team eventing. She has won two gold and one silver medal in the World Equestrian Games team eventing and four team gold medals at the European Eventing Championships along with one bronze and one silver medal in the individual event. Nationally, she was the British Open Champion in 1990, 1991 & 1996 and won the CCI four star Badminton Horse Trials in 1992 & 2000, and the CCI four star Burghley Horse Trials in 1996.
Mary went to her first Badminton in 1985, finishing in seventh place, and finally won the event in 1992 with her horse, King William. She later won the event again in 2000 with Star Appeal.
Mary has won six team gold medals at World Equestrian Games and European Championships. She has been British Champion four times, more than anyone to date. King has also represented Britain in six Olympic Games: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. She won bronze with the 2008 Olympic team with Call Again Cavalier and silver with the 2012 Olympic eventing team with Imperial Cavalier.
(Copyright for Mary King photograph – Liz Knowler)