Chris Rust

Projects and Funding Officer

I joined Essex Bridleways Association in June, 2021 as the Projects and Funding Officer.  I also volunteer for Colchester Garrison Riding for the Disabled Group and am now a qualified Coach.

My new role with Essex Bridleways Association (EBA) gives me the chance to work with people with whom I am very familiar, namely the horse riding community.  I have ridden since the age of 3, keeping and competing my own horses and ponies since the age of 12.  With my daughter Immi I own a Connemara mare, Welsh Cob Section D gelding, and during lockdown we bred a sports horse filly.

My role entails looking at maintenance issues in general and seeking solutions.  I am also looking at ways we can attract funding for specific projects.  Problems may be reported by local representatives of EBA or otherpersons/partner organisations.  I am passionate about access for all to outside green spaces which we all know has such a benefit for general health and mental wellbeing, whether that be on horseback, by carriage, on foot or by bicycle.  There should be room for us all to co-exist safely.