Rid­ers to race for a cure

Event that raises Hopes n Dreams for those in our lives who need it the most

Dalby Herald - - SPORT - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy @west­ern­starnews.com

BAR­REL RAC­ING: The Hopes n Dreams Bar­rel Race is an eques­trian event that raises money for Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia, with Dalby set to host an event from Novem­ber 3-5.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings last year, the Hopes n Dreams Bar­rel Race was cre­ated to give women and men over 40 an op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the much-loved event – all for a good cause, of course.

“When you get past 40 or 50, you can’t com­pete as you used to,” event co-or­di­na­tor Ca­rina Stephens said.

“And there are no cat­e­gories for age, so we cre­ated one.”

Stephens said she wanted to get back on the horse.

“But I wanted to ride again for a rea­son – rais­ing money for Breast Can­cer Net­work Aus­tralia,” she said.

Even though the suc­cess of the Hopes n Dreams Pink Lady Bar­rel Race has been a whirl­wind, Stephens said BCNA had been amaz­ing to work along­side.

“They have sup­ported us ev­ery step of the way,” she said.

“It’s re­ally taken off. The en­trants are lin­ing up for each event and they love it.”

The first to sign up to their in­au­gu­ral event last year?

Roma cow­girl Tina Hamil­ton.

“It’s a cause very close to all our hearts,” Hamil­ton said.

From small be­gin­nings with Hamil­ton trail­blaz­ing out in front, Hopes n Dreams raised more than $6000 in Dalby last year and more than $15,000 in Gin­gin, West­ern Aus­tralia, this year.

“But it’s not just about the money,” Stephens said.

“Some en­trants have raised thou­sands of dol­lars but it’s also about get­ting out into their com­mu­ni­ties and rais­ing aware­ness about breast can­cer too.

“As Dalby once again ap­proaches there is hope in my heart that you will get be­hind her again and let her ride.

“Tina and her mum, Dul­cie Chap­pell, have be­come so very much a part of Hopes n Dreams and I just want to see her raise that $250 and ride again.”

Each rider who signs up for the event is given a unique link to their fundrais­ing page.

A min­i­mum of $250 needs to be raised be­fore rid­ers can par­tic­i­pate in the fundraiser.

Hopes n Dreams is gen­er­ally run in con­junc­tion with an­other ma­jor equine event.

The next bar­rel race will be held dur­ing the NRA Unique Horse­man Aus­tralian Colt Start­ing Chal­lenge in Dalby from Novem­ber 3–5.

To do­nate to Hamil­ton’s ride, visit www.go­fundraise .com.au and search for “Hopes ‘n’ Dreams, Dalby Qld”.



WOR­THY CAUSE: Tina Hamil­ton rides in the Hopes n Dreams Bar­rel Race to raise funds for the Breast Can­cer Net­work.

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