Fundraising News 2021
2021 saw us enter the year under lockdown.........another difficult year for fundraising. That didn't put us off and we kicked off with a new hair style.
Lockdown Hair Chop - February 2021
Lockdown Hair Chop
Well, I had wanted to shave my hair off for some time but kept getting told "Ill pay you to keep it" so it never happened. Lockdown 2021 though saw me without being to a hair dressers in approximately a year so I set the challenge of chopping off my pony tail! Hunter then challenged me to shave it off so I agreed if we could raise £1000 for the fund. Oh my, how I regretted that wee nod when it came to the 10th of Feb.
Merv thought I might be a difficult old ewe in for shearing!
Well, the clippers had been charged, we had passed the £1000 mark and therefore there was nothing more to be done than to get the squinty bob shaved off!
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The head shave raised a huge total of £2250 which work matched bringing our total to £4500. That took our overall total for the start of our 7th year up to just £300 odd under the £60K mark. When a local supporter heard how close we were, they added the £322 into the pot to take us to the £60,000 mark but she requested to stay un-named. She knows who she is so thank you so much for that and also thank you so much to all who donated, supported and to Lifescan for matching it. What a difference that money will make to research right now.
Youngstock Show July 2021
This year, I decided to take the young stock section out of the main show as I was getting so much feedback from those with young horses as well as older horses, that competing both on the day was difficult. So we were very kindly donated the hire of Broomhill Riding Centre for the night and we had it all booked for July the 3rd.
On the 1st of July, I got sent home from work having been in contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid. That was me in isolation for 10 days. Thankfully Sarah & Carlie offered to support and run it and they roped in Amanda to help Steward with Sheila who was very kindly judging for us.
The night saw us with far more competitors than ever we would see in the main show youngstock section and it made £315 in entries with much more being added through the pictures the girls captured throughout the night.
I thankfully didn't miss it as the girls live streamed it to me so I got to enjoy it from the couch. A huge well done to all the competitors, the judge, Sheila, was hugely complimentary about the quality of horses and the efforts that folks went to in turning them out.
2021 Fun Show
2021 show came with huge numbers entering - 122 entries - but not only just entering, but taking part in far more classes than normal. We had lots more people doing far more fun classes.
Kate from the EGSF came up to support and she judged the fancy dress. I think she regretted that the minute she saw the entries arrive to the ring..............every single one of them could have been the winner. They were all great! The effort that went in to the costumes were amazing.
The pony club games were as usual full of laughter and smiles as folks competed in their sacks and space hoppers to claim the first place rosette.
Sarah & Carlie run the show jumping for me and had great fun with the competitors, some of which were real novices and had never competed before which was great.
Overall we had a fabulous day, the weather remained kind to us, the ground was amazing and there were lots of happy faces all around the show field. To top it all, we also made £3502.60p.