Rid­ers get on board to help

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­[email protected]­ton­star.com.au

THE Som­er­set horse rid­ing com­mu­nity came to­gether on Satur­day in sup­port of the Cere­bral Palsy League and lo­cal rider Is­abella Da­ley.

Is­abella’s mother Rachael Da­ley said the day had been a heart­warm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It was very over­whelm­ing, ev­ery­one’s sup­port on the day. It was quite emo­tional,” Ms Da­ley said.

“It was such a great at­mos­phere. I think it will be a day no one will for­get.”

She said the turnout blew away or­gan­is­ers.

“We had 72 nom­i­na­tions, so that was a very good turnout com­pared to most other club com­pe­ti­tions these days. It’s a pretty big turnout so we were quite im­pressed by that,” she said.

The day raised about $3000 in do­na­tions for the Cere­bral Palsy League.

Con­tes­tants also gave gen­er­ously for a fel­low rider, with the raf­fle rais­ing $906 for Is­abella.

“The raf­fle money went to­wards Is­abella to help her with equip­ment that she can’t get through fund­ing,” Ms Da­ley said.

“We’re not en­tirely sure what we’re go­ing to use the money from the raf­fle for.

“We’re think­ing maybe an ipad so she can work on more fine mo­tor skills, be­cause it’s only been the last cou­ple months where she’s come along with be­ing able to write her name and let­ters.”

She said it had been a won­der­ful day to see the com­mu­nity come and sup­port Is­abella, who is a keen rider her­self.

“She started rid­ing when she was about two years old – she loves her lit­tle pony,” Ms Da­ley said.

“She hooks up the lead rope to the hal­ter and loves lead­ing him around. She’s a very out­doors kid.”

She started rid­ing when she was about two years old. She loves her lit­tle pony.

— Rachael Da­ley

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