Riders give support to rescue team

Tina Cook and Miner's Frolic
Tina Cook and Miner's Frolic

TWO very different Findon riders have been giving support to a Sussex-based equine rescue team, by raising funds towards veterinary care for its rescued horses.

At the top end of the scale, Olympic champion Kristina Cook, has teamed up with Rainbow Bridge Equine Rescue which has saved the lives of four very emaciated foals all riddled with lice and suffering from respiratory problems and other health issues. One of the horses was even too weak to stand on his own and another was in foal.

Tina won two bronze medals at the Beijing Olympics and she also became double European Eventing champion in 2009. Tina’s sights are now firmly set on this year’s London Olympics with her top horse Miner’s Frolic. But she took time out of her busy schedule and offered Rainbow Bridge Equine Rescue’s supporters a chance of a one to one lesson with her in a recent competition to help raise funds to support the rescues.

The winning bid was £300 and went to Linda Taylor. Linda is giving the lesson to her daughter, Emma, who has a spinal fracture and compression injury of the T8 vertibrae after coming off of her horse on December 17. Emma is hoping that she can slowly start to do things again-one of them being riding. Her mother hopes her lesson with Tina will give her a real boost on the way to full recovery.

At the same time, a young Findon rider, Sascha Oligario, aged six, was so concerned about the plight of the same ponies that she undertook a sponsored one mile run on Sunday to help raise money for the ‘not for profit’ charity.

Sascha had heard about the plight of the four ponies , one of which, named Doodles, was in need of an operation and decided to raise money towards the cost of Doodles’ operation. She took part at the weekend in the Lido fun run organised by Worthing Harriers, covering a mile. Before the event she had raised more then £200 and money is still coming in.

For full story and to see how you can help Rainbow Bridge Equestrian, see Equestrian, West Sussex Gazette, February 1