Pony for Dolly’s Dream
Pony sale to counter bullying
FROM tailing out weaners to trotting over tarps, the Towne kids have put Pumpkin through her paces.
The rising-four welsh pony will go under the hammer at the Barkly Goldrush Campdraft on Friday, October 5, to raise money for Dolly’s Dream.
Dolly’s Dream was set up in memory of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, who took her life after an extended period of bullying and cyber bullying.
Dolly’s Dream is focused on developing programs that educate parents on the problem of bullying, its effects and how to deal with it; working with schools to identify and manage bullying behaviour effectively; and to build empathy and resilience into children’s lives.
Dolly’s Dream aims to empower people to be able to recognise bullying when it happens, then be brave enough to stand up and talk about it.
The Towne family, based at Gogo Station just east of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, decided to donate the pony after hearing the tragic news of Dolly’s death earlier this year. Jack (13), Chloe (13), Annabelle (11) and Emily (10) have all had a hand in her training, under the close supervision of their parents Chris and Sally.
Chris and Sally are incredibly proud of the dedication and hard work their children have put into Pumpkin to make her the best she can be come auction day. Although the team of young trainers are well aware Pumpkin’s sale is for a vital cause, Sally admitted they would be sad to see her go.
“We have all become very attached to her but the kids know why they are doing this. They want to stop the bullying
and the devastation it causes to family and friends as much anyone,” she said.
Chloe, who has helped train Pumpkin on her school holidays, said the filly was something special.
“She is special because she is so quiet, and so good around kids,” she said.
The Barkly Goldrush Campdraft, held at Tennant Creek in the heart of the Northern Territory, was picked as the location to host the auction as the grounds have excellent mobile reception so the sale can be live-streamed. To view the auction, tune into the Elders Katherine
Sally said her kids had big plans for the live sale.
“They are planning to ride in on her with the tarp flying,” she said.
“They are also planning to stand up on her, jump her and slide off her rump, amongst a few other things.”
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TRAINING: Annabelle Towne, from Gogo Station, with pony Pumpkin.