Club lends sup­port

Southern Telegraph - - News - El­lie Honey­bone

Teresa Ryan was op­ti­mistic as she em­barked on a life-long dream of breed­ing her own horse, and af­ter her strong brown colt was born, she thought she fi­nally had it all.

Com­pli­ca­tions shat­tered her dream and her foal did not sur­vive af­ter he un­der­went an op­er­a­tion not long af­ter he was born.

“A few hours af­ter the birth, we dis­cov­ered he had not passed his meco­nium, which is the first stool of any mam­malian in­fant,” she said.

“The foal then started show­ing signs of dis­tress so we rushed him to the vet for emer­gency surgery.”

Mrs Ryan, a found­ing com­mit- tee mem­ber of the Bal­divis Adult Rid­ers Club, said the vets soon dis­cov­ered her foal had rup­tured his blad­der, and what was ini­tially sup­posed to be a sim­ple pro­ce­dure, be­came far more ex­ten­sive.

“He fought on for eight days, but sadly he could not make it,” she said.

Bal­divis Adult Rid­ers Club shares fa­cil­i­ties with Bal­divis Pony Club and Peel Rid­ing for Dis­abled As­so­ci­a­tion and mem­bers ral­lied around Teresa in her hour of need.

Club pres­i­dent Anita Stacey said the com­mit­tee unan­i­mously agreed they would sup­port their much-val­ued mem­ber and de­cided to hold a fundrais­ing event to as­sist with Mrs Ryan’s ex­ten­sive vet bills.

“We knew that Teresa had been very re­al­is­tic about her predica­ment but she has been an ac­tive and fan­tas­tic club mem­ber who we thought de­served our help,” she said.

The club hosted a Hal­loween event last Satur­day, with more than 40 com­peti­tors from var­i­ous clubs at­tend­ing and help­ing raise about $1000 to help Mrs Ryan with her $10,000 bill.

“It was a fan­tas­tic event and I have had good feed­back from the com­peti­tors,” Ms Stacey said.

“We look out for each other, so when we heard that Teresa was con­sid­er­ing sell­ing her re­main­ing horse, the foal’s mother, to cover the vet bill, we de­cided to see what we could do to help.”

Pic­ture: El­lie Honey­bone

Teresa Ryan, pic­tured with com­peti­tors Alyssa Hat­tingh, rid­ing Magic, and Amanda Rogers, with her horse Miss Fluke, is grate­ful for the sup­port shown at the Hal­loween fundrais­ing event.

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