In the saddle for cash

The echo of hooves could be heard through Market Rasen as the De Aston Equestrian team set off on their fundraising efforts

The echo of hooves could be heard through Market Rasen as the De Aston Equestrian team set off on their fundraising efforts

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A FUNDRAISING event with a difference started with a horse parade through Market Rasen.

De Aston School equestrian teams paraded through the town en route to carrying out their main fundraising event at Tesco.

Heading the parade was Jessica Vickers and Africa Walker carrying the banner, then the regional champions, Darbi Murphy on Jessie, Beth Sharp on Billy, Sarah Howard on Chick and Charlotte Emmerson on her new horse Nula.

They were followed by the grass roots team of Danni Blanch, Beth Freer, Elsa Deighton, Louis McTernan, Charlotte Clark and new member Natasha Crawford on Penny Lane.

Once at the store, the bag pack raised £378 – a fantastic increase on last year’s total of £340.

This year the team has decided to donate some of the money raised to their chosen charities – Flights for Life and the Jamie Carter Wheelchair Fund – with the rest of the money going to provide training for members who would not have had the opportunity to ride and do not have their own ponies.

“The grass roots team is fantastic,” said Helen Deighton.

“My daughter does not have her own pony and being a member of the team has given her so much confidence and her riding has improved in such a short space of time.”

De Aston School is hosting the NSEA NAF County Showjumping Championship qualifier, sponsored by Equestrian Life, on November 3 at Horseworld in Osgodby, where teams from schools from across the county will compete for the county championship title and an opportunity to represent Lincolnshire at the national championships in 2013.