Lockyer Equestrian Group raises vital funds for Beyond Blue
EQUESTRIAN: Prenzlau horse rider Trudy Dougall usually competes in eventing, but she couldn't pass up a blue-themed fundraiser with her local equestrian club.
The Lockyer Equestrian Group hosted a t-shirt hack day at the Lockyer Indoor Equestrian Centre, raising funds for the charity Beyond Blue.
Having been a member on-and-off for the past four years, Dougall rejoined the club this year, starting with the hack day.
She said the hack day provided a different outing for her horse My Locky.
"I do eventing, so it was nice to do something different for the horses," she said.
"It's been good to do the hack show because we normally do dressage and eventing."
The duo claimed champion novice hack and reserve champion open hunter hack.
The equestrian club exceeded its initial fundraising target of $1000 for Beyond Blue, possibly doubling the starting goal.
LEG's club president Sharyn Ross said they had originally aimed to raise about $1000 and for 50 riders to compete.
She said more than 120 riders attended the fundraiser.
"We wanted to support a charity and because anxiety and depression affect such a large amount of people in the community, either directly or indirectly, particularly in the rural community with the drought." Ross said.
"We had a range of riders attend from near and far to support the day and participate in classes ranging from beginner to experienced show horse competitors."
The feature class was the Beyond Blue fancy dress.
"We had about 10 horses and riders in their best blue costumes which was sponsored by the Tack Shed, who provided a blue prize pack," she said.