Dear Arabian horse lovers and supporters of ECAHO,
today we received the very sad news that another noble lady bound with the beginnings of ECAHO passed away. It was Ursula Roberts, who died on Saturday 11th December 2021 aged 100 years. She had a long and well-lived life and her strength of character and lively personality were with her to the end.
Ursula had been involved with horses all her life. She began judging in 1945 and, for the next fifty years, assisted in running various horse shows. She was on the Judges’ and Disciplinary Panels of ECAHO.
In 1983 she was asked to be Chairman of ECAHO’s newly formed Show Commission and remained in that position until her resignation in 1998. The aim of the Show Commission was to form an acceptably level method of judging throughout Europe that could be understood and enjoyed by everyone. She was at the beginnings of the UK International Show at Towerlands, which is now the UKIAHS, and helped to start international shows in Qatar.
Ursula Roberts was awarded the ECAHO Honorary membership in 2019.
May her soul rest in peace.