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New North West RDO

last updated on January 11, 2012 13:56

New North West RDO

British Dressage is delighted to announce our new North West Regional Development Officer; Louise Jones who replaces Elaine Gray. Lou, as she prefers to be known, is based in Fazeley which is not far from Tamworth in Staffordshire. This home location leaves her ideally situated in the middle of her region which stretches to Herefordshire in the south up to Lancashire. The majority of Lou’s working career has been spent in the Police force. Starting with the West Midlands Police Mounted Section after finishing college, she moved into the intriguing world of forensics to become the Lead Forensic Scene Manager for West Midlands Police before public sector cuts dissolved the role. 

Horses have been in Lou’s life since the tender age of just six months old and while her early career was in show jumping, her home-bred Irish Sport Horse ‘Sam’ has given her a new found passion for dressage. “He’s a bit of a stubborn one but he’s taken to dressage; especially music freestyles, that’s when he’s in his happy place,” Lou said.  
Married with two children (nine and five), Lou also has a passion of photography and has been working freelance since leaving the Police as well as part-time work at her local riding school. She feels that her previous experience and knowledge of all things equestrian will help her in this new role. “I know I have a huge pair of shoes to fill as Elaine (Gray) was such an asset to the region. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and working with them to take all Elaine’s hard work further.”
Lou has been ‘in office’ for just a few days including a hand over and visit to Stoneleigh to meet the BD team. She commented; “ I’m looking forward to getting out to competitions to get a full appreciation of all that goes on and with my horse too so I experience what the members do. I want to learn more but am really interested in Paras, BYRDS and of course the fantastic social side I’ve heard a lot about! I’m really approachable and open to new ideas so hope members feel they can pick up the phone or keyboard – just give me a few weeks to settle in!”
Chief Executive Amanda Bond said; “I’d like to welcome Lou on board and am confident she’ll continue to develop her region. Regional Development Officers are so important as our ‘team in the field’ and they have a really diverse role which I know Lou will enjoy. Enormous thanks must go to Elaine for all her input, hard work and achievements over the last five years. Everyone at BD wishes her well with her future plans.”
See the North West Region section on our website.