Generous locals saddle up for charity

Posted on - 4th October, 2010 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News, Sport, What's On in Preston

Local horse riders turned charity fund raisers on Thursday evening, raising over £500 for children who need extra care.


Horse riders at Croston Farm in Whittle Le Woods were inspired by Rock Fm’s cash for kids fund raising events and decided to do their own in order to raise money with a Gymkhana in Pyjamas and cake sale.

The riders themselves ageing from 14-46 all took part in the event and even made home made cakes to sell to spectators.

The event kicked off at 6.30pm when the riders split into two teams; juniors and adults. In order to get the teams warmed up they started with a light hearted game of musical barrels. This gave a resemblance to adult musical chairs but with a fantastic twist.

The music was played and the riders had to trot around the riding school on the horses, when the music would stop they leapt off the horses as fast as they could to the nearest barrel whilst keeping their horses tame, the last one to be sat on the remaining barrel with their horse by their side was the winner.

Then came the school time races which consisted off a relay race and the egg and spoon race. At the end of the relay race, which instead of batons the riders used whips, the riders had to put their whip into an orange traffic cone and then ride their horses back to the finish line.

The egg and spoon race proved a lot more challenging by using a tennis racket and a potato. The riders had to ride the horses to a bucket drop the potato in the bucket and then ride back.

To finish off the event both teams took part in apple bobbing. The riders had to ride up to the apple bob get off the horse bob for an apple and run with the horse to the bucket to drop the apple in. This gave the juniors the winning point and they scooped the victory over the adults. The horses then enjoyed the apples as a well done treat afterwards.

The riders at Croston Farm raised an amazing amount of £550 which will go to Rock Fm’s cash for kid’s charity and will help to benefit a lot of children who need extra care.

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