Club lends support
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.”
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.