The Eventing Family has been set up to raise money for four charities associated with friends and families within the sport of eventing who are facing challenging times - looks set to raise thousands of pounds.
Motor Neurone Disease Association, Cancer Research UK, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Spinal Research will all benefit from The Eventing Family’s first ever party which has gained support from dozens of famous names from the sports of eventing and racing.
Andrew Nicholson, William Fox-Pitt, Sam Twiston-Davies, Paul Nicholls, Phillip Hobbs, Sharon Hunt, Lucinda Green, Nick Scholfield, Lucy Wiegersma, Badminton and Burghley Horse Trials are just a few of the names who have pledged prizes in support of the event. Other lots include a holiday in Salcombe, bespoke tack, designer cushions, training sessions and Life Membership of British Eventing.
Tickets for the unmissable events have been priced at £70.16 - the price of a BE100 entry fee - and include a champagne reception, buffet dinner, and live music from Joey The Lips plus the chance to bid in the live auction. A second option to join the after-party is also available at £20 per head.
The Eventing Family is the brainchild of Aaron Miller who was left seriously injured in May following a serious car crash.
With the sport rocked by more recent sad news, including that four star event rider Ben Hobday and 17-year-old Hannah Francis are both battling against cancer, and Bicton Arena manager Helen West’s mother is suffering from motor neurone disease, friends rallied around Aaron to support him and form a committee to create the fundraising party.
Aaron said: “The last few months have been very difficult but it has helped to be involved in something so positive and get such good feedback and support. When something like this that is out of your control happens it is good to make something worthwhile come from it. It was an idea which took shape and now grown beyond my expectations.”
Sam Twiston-Davies said: “I’m delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile event by donating a morning on the gallops at Grange Hill Farm. The circumstances surrounding the evening are so sad, and supporting the nominated charities is just one very small way that we can help.”
British Eventing technical advisor Andrew Fell has taken on the role as Director of the committee Andrew’s and is being helped by Sophie Richardson (organiser) who are spearheading the event with additional help from Helen West, Bicton Arena assistants Beccy Barrett and Gemma Cooke; Debbie and Alex Jackson, Miranda Collett and Lucy Johnson along with many more.
Sophie said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the level of support we have received. Eventing is an incredible sport where everyone pulls together. It’s fantastic that we’re receiving a huge amount of support from the racing community as well. And the common denominator in all this is the horse which pulls us all together to raise money for four fantastic charities.”
‘Slaves’ will be on sale during the evening and include Dani Evans, Tim Rogers, Helen West, and popular event rider Coral Keen who said: “it’s the least I can do to support The Eventing Family, although I am not quite sure how good a slave I will be!”
Ten very special auction lots will be sold on the night, while other lots can be bid for online.
For more information, to buy tickets and to take part in the online auction visit www.eventingfamily.com