Did you take part in Friday's 'Lockdown Lollop' for horseman Rory?

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Sunday, 4th April 2021, 11:15 am
Jackie Card and Lucy Goodey, two of the four members of The Lockdown Team from Piglets Bottom

A year after losing the hugely popular Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) champion Rory Gilsenan to a brain tumour, friends, family and fans took part in a fundraising challenge in his memory.

Tingewick man Rory, a hugely respected show horse producer and working hunter competitor, passed away from an aggressive and incurable brain tumour in April 2020, two years after being diagnosed.

The Lockdown Lollop took place on Friday, April 2, in aid of the Brain Tumour Research charity, founded by Padbury woman Sue Farrington Smith. It involved participants covering 10 miles on the day in any way they liked, except by motor vehicle.

Lily Hawkins and Jester

Charlotte Dujardin CBE, the most successful British dressage rider in the history of the sport, took part.

Equestrian teams signed up included one from Piglet’s Bottom Farm Equestrian, in Great Horwood, led by cross country rider Lucy Goodey.

Also taking part was 17-year-old brain tumour patient and Buckingham School student Lily Hawkins, who lives in Dadford, riding her pony Jester.

Behind the fundraising challenge was Quainton stud owner Sharon Mynard, who completed a wheelchair marathon at thecentre:mk last July for Brain Tumour Research in Rory’s memory. Sharon was paralysed in a riding accident as a teenager and Rory often rode her horses, taking Dexter’s Puzzle to the HOYS a couple of times.

Sharon Mynard at her yard

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research said: “We are really grateful to Sharon for her continued support after her successful Pushathon last year, which raised more than £12,000.

Charlotte Dujardin kept her horses at Rory’s yard as a teenager and became a close friend.

She said: “Sharon has known me and my family from a very young age through horses and the showing world and asked if we would take part, and of course we didn’t hesitate.”

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/team/thelockdownlollopFor more information, search for the Lockdown Lollop on Facebook.

Rory Gilsenan and Charlotte Dujardin

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