Sad­dling up for chal­lenge

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

COLLEEN Rad­cliffe is the first per­son to ad­mit she’s got quite the chal­lenge ahead of her, but she can’t wait to get started.

Over the course of 10 days, Colleen will be res­cu­ing a horse, train­ing it — along­side five other peo­ple and their horses — and then auc­tion­ing it off to its ‘forever home’, with the pro­ceeds do­nated to Com­mu­nity Liv­ing and Respite Ser­vices’ Open­ing Doors project.

Colleen’s project, called ‘‘cul­mi­na­tion of a dream’’ will be­gin on Fri­day at HorseHand Echuca, where she’ll be a par­tic­i­pant in the 10-day Awaken Res­cue pro­gram.

She said the idea came to her while she was scrolling through Face­book and saw a post that the pro­gram was run­ning again and HorseHand was look­ing for ap­pli­cants.

‘‘I ap­plied think­ing ‘I prob­a­bly won’t be cho­sen’,’’ Colleen said.

‘‘I hadn’t told any­one I ap­plied and then Jodie Kelvy (from HorseHand) called me and said I’d been suc­cess­ful.

‘‘But I don’t need an­other horse, and so I thought it would be a good idea to res­cue one from the sales, sell it off and pay it for­ward by do­nat­ing the money to CLRS.’’

Af­ter the pro­gram has con­cluded and the horse auc­tioned by Ray White di­rec­tor Lynn Hall, HorseHand’s Jodie Kelvy will as­sist the new own­ers with han­dling their horse.

And CLRS will re­ceive money to­wards the Open­ing Doors pro­gram.

‘‘I got in touch with (CLRS chief ex­ec­u­tive) Suzanna Barry and looked at their Open­ing Doors High St prop­erty, I thought it is the per­fect place for the funds to go to,’’ Colleen said.

‘‘I’ll save a horse, some­one will get a new com­pan­ion and the money will go to a ter­rific cause.’’

CLRS ser­vices man­ager Rosemary Her­mans said the or­gan­i­sa­tion is thank­ful for the sup­port from com­mu­nity mem­bers like Colleen.

‘‘It’s be­cause of the ter­rific sup­port of com­mu­nity mem­bers that we’re able to pro­vide this pro­gram,’’ she said.

‘‘The Open­ing Doors pro­gram opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties and gives clients the chance to live in­de­pen­dently, a lot of them haven’t had that chance to live at home by them­selves.

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