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Charity hunt a great success


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Riders at the charity hunt
Riders at the charity hunt

A CHARITY "mock" hunt held recently at Welbeck Estate, Berriedale, raised £700 and was such a success it is hoped to hold it again.

Thirty-five horses and riders took part in the event which was organised by Sylvia Stewart, Dunbeath and Sarah Campbell, North Calder, Halkirk.

Both women are studying towards an HND in Equine Studies through the North Highland College UHI.

Half of the money raised was donated to the Caithness branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association while the other half was used to purchase supplies from Pets at Home.

The supplies were later donated to the Balmore Centre, Dounreay, Thurso. Run by the SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the centre rescues and rehomes abandoned animals.

Four different rides were organised in order to accommodate all levels of riding– Junior Novice, Junior Open, Adult Novice and Adult Open.

The Junior Novice was for lead rein riders while more confident juniors took part in a three mile ride.

Sylvia said: "The adults’ route was nine miles with novices going at a slower pace than the canter and gallop of the open riders.

Hunt masters led the riders through each ride or "hunt and also on hand was a "mascot" – someone dressed up in a fancy dress fox costume.

Later in the day, young participants had great fun trying to catch the fox as part of a treasure hunt.

"If they caught the fox, they got a bonus and all the children were given goodie bags as prizes," said Sylvia.

A marquee was set up at the event and refreshments served. Competitors could also browse round an equine shop and take part in a raffle.

Sylvia continued: "The day was a brilliant success. Welbeck Estate is a beautiful place with the most stunning scenery and the sun shone all day.

"The competitors said they thoroughly enjoyed the event and asked for it to be held annually."


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