Lucy spent 46 of her 50 years riding and working with horses. They were simply an integral part of her life. However, horses weren’t the only animals in Lucy’s life. She cared deeply about the plight of dogs and was profoundly affected by the casual way in which many are treated and regularly abandoned in the UAE. Her various dogs over the years made for an eclectic collection of local rescue cases.

Dogs, however, were not the only ones to benefit from her helping hand. While visiting Dibba Beach one day, she came to the rescue of an adult green turtle, one of the world’s most ancient and now endangered species. The turtle, aptly named Dibba, was nursed back to health by vets from the Sharjah Equine Hospital together with marine specialists from the Wildlife Protection Office in the UAE and the National Marine Aquarium in the UK. After months of intensive, comprehensive care and rehabilitation, Dibba was released into the ocean, complete with a radio transmitter. Some 8,000km later, Dibba was tracked to the coast of Thailand: recognised as the furthest recorded journey for a rehabilitated turtle!

Along with horses, dogs and turtles, elephants became an enduring passion for Lucy. The World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) came about largely to help draw awareness and funding to the plight of elephants and their mahout families in Nepal and Thailand. Lucy was covering the annual WEPA World Championships one year for Equestrio Arabia (one of the magazines she edited and published), when they were suddenly a player down. She put down her camera, climbed aboard and never looked back.

Lucy, 2014: it may look like fun, but there's a significant animal welfare project behind the glamour of elephant polo.
Lucy, 2014: it may look like fun, but there’s a significant animal welfare project behind the glamour of elephant polo.

Ever a competitor, it was not long before Lucy had assembled a new all-female team to do battle in a hitherto almost exclusively male sport. The Tigresses made steady progress and, on 28 November 2014 in Nepal, Samantha Prentice, Stine Edwards, Carolyn Syangbo and Lucy Monro made history when they not only featured in the first all-female final but became the first all-female team to win the WEPA World Championships. Lucy and those around her were ecstatically proud: she was a World Champion and she had earned her equivalent of the rainbow striped jersey worn by World Champion cyclists – so she promptly designed a new email signature featuring a rainbow striped elephant to commemorate the occasion.

LMMT will consider making grants to any charity involved in the advancement of animal welfare.