Nationally Pat has been the chairman of the Caspian Horse Society. The society exists to encourage the breeding of the rare Caspian Horse – thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in northern Iran in 1965. Many Caspians have been bred at Pat’s stables in Castle Bytham over the years and in 2004 she was at the forefront of organising an International Caspian Society conference in the village.
Before retirement Pat was a horse riding instructor, bred thoroughbreds, hunted and showed horses from her stud as well as owning and managing the Uppingham Dress Agency. Her involvement with the small Caspian breed has enabled her to continue her interest in horses into her retirement.
In 2007/2008, at the age of 80, she received an MBE in the New Years Honours list as recognition of the voluntary community work she has completed over a lifetime including her work in conserving the Caspian Horse breed.
Added : 17/12/11 : MG