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As many would be aware, our beau­ti­ful youngest daugh­ter Bil­lie was in­volved in a freak horse ac­ci­dent on May 29th.

Bil­lie grew up with a love of horses like her sis­ter Char­lie. Bil­lie was sit­ting in a sad­dle long be­fore she could walk and was a very ac­com­plished rider with a pas­sion for show jump­ing. We lived in the Whit­sun­days, Queens­land but in Septem­ber 2013 we left for a seven month trip around Aus­tralia so the girls could com­pete in some big­ger showjump­ing com­pe­ti­tions. Bil­lie’s dad took long ser­vice leave and we packed up our truck and the two girls, two horses, two dogs, my­self and Dave set of on an in­cred­i­ble ad­ven­ture.

We had so much fun. We ended up stay­ing on a beau­ti­ful prop­erty in NSW and the fam­ily in­vited us to stay as long as we wanted. This turned out longer than we thought when the girls de­clared that they didn’t want to go home, but wanted to stay and live here in NSW so they could con­tinue their show jump­ing. We en­rolled the girls in school and three years later we are still here.

In 2015 Bil­lie and her pony, Diesel won the NSW State In­ter­school Pri­mary Show Jump­ing Cham­pi­onship and also be­came the NSW State In­ter­school Pri­mary Cham­pion Rider. Bruce Far­rar, CEO of Eques­trian NSW called Bil­lie “one of our best young riders”. She was a very re­spected part of the eques­trian com­mu­nity and Syd­ney Show Jump­ing Club have erected a grand stand in her honour.

Bil­lie was only 12 years old when she died, but even as her mother, it still sur­prises me that she was only 12. Bil­lie al­ways wanted to know more, do more and be more yet at the same time was al­ways grate­ful for ev­ery­thing she had.

She was an ex­tra­or­di­nary girl in that she had the gift of giv­ing. She gave through her smile, her touch, her thought­ful­ness, her ran­dom acts of kind­ness and her amaz­ing gift of words. Bil­lie shone aca­dem­i­cally and had in fact just been awarded an aca­demic schol­ar­ship next year to Arn­dell Angli­can Col­lege in NSW based on her amaz­ing writ­ing abil­ity. Bil­lie al­ways wanted to write a book and would of­ten ask her dad and me what she should write about. After Bil­lie died we gath­ered up her po­ems, sto­ries and art­work in order to ful­fil her vi­sion so that her own words can com­plete her jour­ney.

With Bil­lie’s words we have been given the gift of view­ing this world through her eyes, the eyes of a beau­ti­ful car­ing soul, the eyes of in­no­cence, the eyes of be­lief and hope. This book opens your heart to see the world just as it should be seen, through LOVE. An un­con­di­tional love for life and ev­ery­thing that it has to of­fer. Through her amaz­ing gifts of em­pa­thy and in­sight this book is to in­spire and give hope to oth­ers.

The school have now made a per­pet­ual Bil­lie Kin­der Writ­ing Award in her name.

I am so very proud of her and all the amaz­ing things she ac­com­plished. Bil­lie vol­un­teered at The Rid­ing for Dis­abled when she wasn’t com­pet­ing. She had an un­be­liev­able way of help­ing and in­spir­ing other chil­dren and reg­u­larly helped out at school with dif­fer­ent pro­grams for the younger grades.

Bil­lie touched ev­ery­one she met and man­aged to touch even those she didn’t. When peo­ple talk of Bil­lie, they re­mem­ber her as the cheer­ful, cheeky, fun lov­ing girl with the con­stant smile. Her laugh was truly unique, in­fec­tious and un­for­get­table.

Bil­lie had a pas­sion for an­i­mals, and adored her horses, dogs, rab­bit and chick­ens. Bil­lie wanted to help mistreated an­i­mals and even went so far as to write down ways of tak­ing ac­tion so she could fundraise at school. All the prof­its from “HOPE” will go to­wards an­i­mals and sick chil­dren. The Bil­lie Kin­der fund has now do­nated over $15,000 from the prof­its of “HOPE”.

Do­na­tions have been made to Bear Cot­tage, an ini­tia­tive of the chil­dren’s hospi­tal at West­mead to fund Frankie, the res­i­dent ther­apy dog who vis­its the sick chil­dren every day. Do­na­tions also went to help fundraise for a Seizure Re­sponse Dog for a six year old girl with epilepsy. The last do­na­tion Bil­lie’s fund made has gone to As­sis­tance Dogs Aus­tralia to help fund a dog for an autis­tic child. All these causes Bil­lie would have loved and I am so proud of her and the dif­fer­ence she is mak­ing in peo­ple’s lives.

You can buy Bil­lie’s book on line at www.fly­high­bil­lie.com or at The Pitt Town Post Of­fice or Jew­ellery by a Farm­ers Daugh­ter in Wind­sor.

Char­lie and Bil­lie and the Dogs

Bil­lie At NSW Eques­trian Awards Email

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