Top prize for showjumper who cashed in win­nings for char­ity

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A YOUNG showjumper won a £1,000 prize af­ter giv­ing away her com­pe­ti­tion win­nings to play a char­ity raf­fle.

Clea Ka­pa­dia, 15, who lives in Sut­ton, won first prize with her pony Bai­ley at a showjump­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Maelor in North Wales.

She came out top in the work­ing hunter com­pe­ti­tion, which in­volves the com­peti­tor jump­ing over rus­tic fences then do­ing a show for the judges in­volv­ing a walk. trot, can­ter and gal­lop.

As she was col­lect­ing her win­nings of £5, she was ap­proached by a friend who was selling raf­fle tick­ets to raise money for the Rid­ing for the Dis­abled char­ity.

Clea, who is a pupil at Beech Hall School in Mac­cles­field, straight away of­fered to spend her £5 win­nings on a strip of tick­ets for the char­ity.

A few weeks af­ter the show, Clea was ex­cited to learn she had won the top prize in the raf­fle – a sad­dle worth £1,000.

Her mum Gill said: “We left the show think­ing noth­ing more about her kind ges­ture.

“To our shock, we were con­tacted by the or­gan­is­ers of the raf­fle to say that Clea had won first prize in the raf­fle.

“Clea was com­pletely shocked as she has never won any­thing in a raf­fle and cer­tainly didn’t ex­pect to win such an amaz­ing prize.

“We thought it was a lovely out­come as she is such a gen­er­ous child and it is nice that her ges­ture has had such a happy out­come.

“The sad­dle has been do­nated by Black Coun­try Sad­dles, who are based in Wal­sall, and the raf­fle was or­gan­ised by a young show­ing en­thu­si­ast called An­drew Done.”

Clea, a mem­ber of the Bri­tish Show Pony So­ci­ety, is a pre­vi­ous cham­pion at the Horse of the Year show and the Royal In­ter­na­tional Horse Show as a show­ing rider and has made the tran­si­tion to work­ing hunter classes re­cently.

She said: “I have never won any­thing in a raf­fle so I didn’t ex­pect to win any­thing. But I thought it was a re­ally good cause and I was happy to make a do­na­tion.”

Rid­ing for the Dis­abled uses horses and ponies to pro­vide ther­apy to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

●● Clea Ka­pa­dia on Bai­ley with her new £1,000 sad­dle and raf­fle or­gan­iser An­drew Done

●● Kayleigh Welsh (left) and Francesca Robin­son

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