In 1972 – Marian Rickerby
starts the Lindfield Model Horse Association, the first proper
'national' model horse club. Then in around 1973/74 – Marian Rickerby
the Lindfield Model Horse Association into Model Horse News, the first
large scale British hobby magazine.
The first ever British Live Show was held in 1973.
Model Horse News held it's first Live Show in 1975 on the 5th
August at Maidenhead. There were 300+
models and 30 classes. Supreme Champion was Cyndy Strains Palomino
Beswick: ‘Autumn Gold of Lindfield’. Reserve Champion was Liz Bentleys
Rydal: ‘Night Vigrant’.
The first photo shows were held in the late 1970's.
Walsh becomes the Model Horse News Secretary in 1983 and Julie Sallis
becomes Assistant Editor.
Dawn had been a hobby member for many years before becoming the MHN Secretary. Unfortunately early in 1989 Model Horse News folds, but in the same year Dawn Walsh, Marian Rickerby, Frances Griffin and Lisa McGuinness were co -founders of MHU with the first issue of the MHU Newsletter dated February 1989. (The above picture shows a photo of the first 2 MHU Newsletters.)
Dawn Walsh sadly passed away in 1990. A tribute to Dawn is printed below.
Marion Rickerby handed over the 'editor' baton of MHU to Pam Wakelam in 2013.