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  • Writer's pictureFran Cleland

Breast cancer fundraiser draws a crowd to Elcho Park

ABOVE: Ebony Deglaitis and Texas Ranger in the pink. Picture: MANE MEMORIES

RIDERS at the Mt Duneed Adult Riding Club Dressage Jackpot went “pink” on the weekend to help raise money for a good cause.

More than 100 competitors travelled from as far as Bunyip, Keysborough, Bolinda, Creswick and Trentham to Elcho Park at Lara for the event, organised to support Geelong’s breast cancer network.

Several hundred dollars were raised by riders donating $5 to have a pink lady stencilled on their horse’s rump.

Mt Duneed Adult Riding Club is a relatively new club that started in 2014 and has been very active.

“We have been hosting the dressage jackpot at Elcho Park due to our own grounds at Mt Duneed not having enough dressage arenas,” club chairwoman Pam McLeod said.

“We ran our first dressage day in 2018 and chose the grand final public holiday as the annual date, which is increasingly getting more and more popular.”

Pam said committee member Wendy Boddington was heavily involved in Pink Angels Geelong, which raises money to fund post-surgical garments for women undergoing breast cancer treatment, and that is how the idea for the event came about.

“The idea of painting the pink lady came from another HRCAV member on Facebook suggesting it as a fundraiser,” she said. “A friend said he had a stencil he used at another event we could have and away we went.”

The judges Sally Mizzi, Jodie Juricic, Gwyn Lindsay, Glen Gault, Fiona Normad, Tanya Burnett and Lisbeth Rohan donated their time.

The jackpot winners were:

Advanced: Christine Darby riding Bloomfield Furstin Wonderment.

Level 1: Tracy Landt on Unicorn Park Phoenix.

Level 2: Karolina Kuzmich riding Ramirowe

Level 3: Regina Knobel on Hillview Park Denman Keikari.

Level 4A: Prue Blackney on Star Presence.

Level 4B: Pauline Clifford on Mazrak.

Level 5: Bronwyn Harrington on Sox.

Best performed off-the-track Thoroughbred was Regina Knobel’s Hillview Park Denman Keikari and the best performed Standardbred was Alison McLaren’s Yoshi Dynamite.


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