On the 16th July 2020 Peggy Grayson slipped away to the pony show in the sky.
If you had never met her, I am sure you will have heard of her reputation and honesty. She was a well-respected judge of Mountain and Moorland ponies over many years always drawing a large entry. She had time for everyone and gave of her knowledge freely.
She enjoyed her years exhibiting as a breeder of New Forest Ponies and would ride out with daughter Storm on many occasions.
In 1997 Peggy published a comprehensive book on Mountain and Moorland Ponies of the British Isles a standard work used as a teaching aid by many societies and she would lecture on the subject with great authority, her talks were always well researched, informative and had splashes of humour.
Her years of judging sadly came to an end when she had advanced Macular Degeneration, losing her sight was the most upsetting of all her disabilities but with help, she battled on as you would expect, that indomitable spirit taking over.
There will be a private cremation on 29th July and a party is planned later in the year for anyone wishing to pay their respects.
No tears, but a celebration of a life well lived.
Donations in her memory can be sent to:
Matthews Independent Funeral Directors
7 Burnham Road
The charities are:
The Orders of St John Care Trust
Guide Dogs for the Blind
The British Heart Foundation