Top prize for showjumper who cashed in winnings for charity
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