Challenge to Cob Society Inquiry

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Challenge to Cob Society Inquiry


The governing body of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society is once again being challenged by its members. One third of the society's 33-strong council is up for election at the society's annual meeting in Cardiff on March 4, and the contenders include Dania Leyson.

Last year the society backed down in the face of a High Court action by Mrs Leyson in the climax of a sequence of events that saw secretary Evelyn Jones sacked - she later won substantial damages for unfair dismissal - and leading members resign in protest.

The latest row concerns a request by Mrs Leyson, from the Paragon Stud, Pontarddulais, for an independent inquiry into the events that led the council to suspend her membership after she made a legitimate complaint.

The Charity Commission is also said to have asked for a report about what went wrong and how the society, whose patron is the Queen, intends to put it right.

But instead of an independent inquiry, the council has decided to appoint an investigations panel of its own members.

'We asked for an independent investigation, but they are not seemingly willing to do that,' said Mrs Leyson's solicitor Neil Jacobi.

'They have appointed a sub-panel to deal with some of the matters raised and appointed a company, which was involved in investigating Evelyn Jones, to deal with other issues raised. …

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