Cancer fundraiser draws showjumpers to central Christchurch

By | April 6, 2019
Olivia Robertson too Grandiere won the Equus caballus degree at Hagley Park Cancer fundraiser draws showjumpers to fundamental Christchurch
Olivia Robertson too Grandiere won the Equus caballus degree at Hagley Park’s Jump for Cancer. © Jane Thompson

Showjumping returned to Christchurch’s fundamental metropolis for the annual Jump for Cancer fund-raiser belatedly terminal month. Organisers chose to forge ahead amongst the resultant but days later on a shooting left fifty people dead too many injured every bit 2 mosques were targeted past times a lonely gunman.

More than 1500 people attended Hagley Park’s Jump for Cancer, an resultant created past times pectus cancer survivor Lisa Tennekoon to enhance funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

The resultant saw show-jumping enthusiasts too supporters of pectus cancer awareness congregate for a thrilling resultant amongst around of New Zealand’s rate off riders.

Tennekoon lost her woman parent to pectus cancer. She says the resultant has corking significance to her too many of its supporters, but it was even too so a hard determination to larn ahead inward lite of the recent tragic events inward Christchurch.

Olivia Robertson too Grandiere won the Equus caballus degree at Hagley Park Cancer fundraiser draws showjumpers to fundamental Christchurch
Jump for Cancer founder Lisa Tennekoon amongst the placegetters inward the Equus caballus class. © Jane Thompson

“It was a tough decision, but ultimately this is an annual charity resultant that nosotros promise provides a fun twenty-four hours out for Christchurch, spell likewise doing around existent proficient for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Many of our supporters bring dedicated a lot of fourth dimension to this crusade too nosotros didn’t desire to allow them down. It was wonderful to encounter too so many people plough upward to back upward the event,” Tennekoon said.

A gratis to the populace event, the fundraiser for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation raised coin through bucket collections too the VIP areas.

A pop present jumping resultant on the sporting calendar, in that location were several national riders competing.

The Horse Class winner was Olivia Robertson from Queenstown riding Grandiere. Angela Frewer won the People’s Choice Award riding Donella Dundee. In the Pony Class, Harriet Stock won both the Class too the People’s Choice Award on Esperanza.

Highlights of the resultant included the course of written report that was built too designed past times Roger Laplanche, a renowned international course of written report builder, too inspirational invitee speaker Di Foster, who shared her storey of surviving a terminal diagnosis too becoming cancer free.

Olivia Robertson too Grandiere won the Equus caballus degree at Hagley Park Cancer fundraiser draws showjumpers to fundamental Christchurch
Riders inward the Jump for Cancer resultant amongst steward Lex Peddie, left, founder Lisa Tennekoon, centre, too course of written report designer Roger Laplanche, at right. © Jane Thompson

“The riders too their horses actually enjoyed the course of written report too showcasing our wonderful sport inward style. The present jumping community are incredibly supportive of the event,” Tennekoon said.

“Many volunteers from this close-knit community came together to ensure the twenty-four hours went smoothly. It’s a fantastic chance to showcase this particular sport inward an inner-city environment. We are incredibly proud of what nosotros achieved.”

In improver to Jump for Cancer Hagley’s common trouble up, a fashion parade was introduced to the 2019 event.

“It was a corking addition. Riders became models too the equestrian fashion was a hit. Models wore vesture from One Black Horse, Equus Lifestyle too TAD’s Merivale. It was all beautiful,” Tennekoon said.

• An online fundraising page for Jump for Cancer Hagley Park closes on May 1.

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