Ackworth and District Riding club handed over a total of £765 on Saturday 21st July to two nominated charities, Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract and Cancer Research UK.
Cancer Research UK
Andrea Day of Cancer Research UK was presented with a cheque from ADRC for £500 by Vanessa Townsend of Iron Horse Equestrian, Moss, near Doncaster. The Iron Horse Equestrian team, whose shop offers products of the highest standard for equestrian users in the area and throughout Yorkshire, had very kindly supplied garments and staff for a very successful equestrian fashion show held in Wakefield by ADRC.
“Cancer Research UK employ over 4000 doctors, nurses and scientists; survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years and we have been at the heart of all the progress. Every year we raise over £400 million and it is because of the generosity of people like Ackworth and District Riding Club and Iron Horse Equestrian that we are able to continue to carry out this vital research” said Andrea Day.
(L-R Andrea Day, Vanessa Townsend)
BBQ & Fun Day – Rustic Arms, Ackworth 21st July 2012
Becky Thorpe, Community Fundraiser from The Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract, West Yorkshire was presented with a cheque for £265 from the sale of ADRC’s Dare to Bare calendar earlier in the year by the club’ social secretaries, Alex Johnson and Harriet Hughes, and Vice Chair Sharon Webb.
Becky was invited along to receive the cheque at the club’s BBQ and Fun Day, an event held to raise funds for the teams who have qualified for the forthcoming SEIB National Horse Trials Championships at Aston-le Walls, which was brilliantly organised by members Alex Johnson, Jane Easter and Harriet Hughes. Members, family and friends had fabulous fun in the sunshine with burgers, a bucking bronco, bouncy castle and entertainment from the very talented bands; The Undiscover’d and The Buffalo Skinners. “We all had a great time and for once the weather was kind to us and it was a lovely sunny day. The raffle was brilliant and there were more than 40 great quality prizes from MOTs to equine physio treatments!” said Claire White, ADRC’s PR Officer.
(L-R Sharon Webb, Harriet Hughes, Becky Thorpe, Alex Johnson),
Judith on bucking bronco (Judith Fisher, ADRC Webmaster)
Area 4 Showjumping – Richmond 15th July 2012
A torrential downpour didn’t stop the Ackworth team and individual riders putting in some great performances at the Area 4 Summer Dressage and Showjumping competition at Richmond on 15th July. Several supporters made the long journey to cheer the riders on and although the Junior teams and Senior Novice teams didn’t make the ribbons on this occasion, the club was delighted with results of 3rd and 4th places for the two Intermediate teams, with individual riders Clare Neale finishing 5th in the Intermediate class and Sharon Dalby finishing 6th in the Novice out of over 80 riders.
(Team riders and supporting members – L-R Sharon Webb, Alison Knox, Amy Campbell, Diane Ridgeway, Sheila Rogerson, Kathryn Parker, Maggie Smith)
Area 4 Horse Trials – Thirsk 17th June 2012
Despite the atrocious weather both before and after the event, miraculously the Horse Trials was able to go ahead at Helen Bell Equestrian in Thirsk. With Area 2 riders also joining the Area 4 competition due to cancellation of their own qualifying rounds, it was set to be a long and tiring day.
Sue Pycock, Lizzie Reid and Grace Walters made up with Senior Intermediate team with Lizzie finishing in 2nd place and Sue 4th place individually. Jorden Knight and Eliza Yeardley represented the club at Senior Open and Junior Intermediate respectively both with fantastic clears across country.
The Junior Novice team of Kate Caswell, Rob Chadwick, Megan Howson and Danielle Hughes all had brilliant rounds in each discipline, finishing in 4th place with the happiest faces ever, with Danielle and Megan finishing individually in 3rd and 4th place respectively.
Of the two Senior Novice teams, Sam Carlsisle, Jemma Tilford, Sarah Ward and Mark Ramskill put in a great performance but it was the team of Alison Knox, Kathryn Parker, Victoria Whitely and Diane
Ridgeway that stole the show finishing in a fantastic first place and qualifying for the SEIB National Horse Trials Championships at Aston-le Walls in August.
(L-R Diane Ridgeway, Alison Knox, Kathryn Parker)
NAF Festival of the Horse – 2/3rd June 2012
Despite the horrendous conditions experienced over the two days, our Junior Combined Training team (Mary Foster, Bryony Lugton, Eliza Yeardley and Jessica Beachill) finished a very respectable 7th with Bryony Lugton achieving and individual 4th place and Jessica Beachill 10th individually.
Mary was an unfortunate casualty of the slippery conditions when despite scoring a fantast 73.33% in the dressage test, her pony slipped in the showjumping and suffered a crashing fall. Both horse and rider were OK but very disappointed.
The young team had a terrific weekend with team spirit being really high despite the thoroughly wet and muddy conditions. A fantastic experience and a rosette to boot!