A WEST Sussex horse owner and rider is pulling out all stops to ensure that an annual charity horse show in June raises maximum funds for a charity close to her heart.
Last year, Terisa Jones organised the first show in aid of a very worthy cause- Chestnut Tree House- raising £500, and this year hopes to at least double that amount.
The horse show will take place on Sunday June 16, at the same popular venue- Hangleton Farm Equestrian Centre, Ferring, West Sussex. The use of this excellent venue and facilities have been donated again by owners show jumper Chris Ellis and his wife Alison.
There will be showjumping, in-hand ridden showing with championships and rosettes from first to sixth places, as well as trophies or medals to the winners of each class. Riders from all areas are welcome to take part.
There will be fun classes with their own championship, slushpupies, food, along with face painting, ice creams stalls, bouncy castles and a raffle, and generally fun for all the family.
Terisa chose the very worthy charity, having seen at first hand the vital work it does. Chestnut Tree House is the only children’s hospice in Sussex and provides specialist palliative care for children and young adults, at the same time enabling their parents to have a very necessary break.
She explained:”The reason I have chosen this charity is that I work for Lady Herries at Angmering Park and the Chestnut Tree House Hospice is nearly opposite my house, as I am lucky enough to live on Angmering Part estate. estate.The children from Chestnut Tree House often come round and feed the chickens and ducks I keep. This is a very worthwhile cause.”
Terisa used to look after the brood mares and help with foaling when Angmering Park Stud was operating. Today she helps in the stables and shares the box driving for Lady Herries’ racehorses. She also has her own horse- a remarkable horse named Cloudy Days, whose sire was a pure percheron and his dam a coloured cob, stabled at Hangleton Fram Equestrian Centre – and a horse show seemed a natural way to raise money for Chestnut Tree House Hospice.
“I wanted a coloured horse and when I bought Cloudy Days- whose stable name is Dillon- he was only 15hh. Now two years later he has grown into a gentle giant and is 16.3hh- but I hunt him in a snaffle and he competes in maxi-cob show classes,” she said.
Terisa stressed: “Without the huge number of people who are helping, this show would not be possible. I am so grateful to Chris and Alison for their help- and they also supply a restaurant area with food on the day- and to Hack and Tack who are sponsoring the event.
“Other major sponsors include show farrier Andrew Tolladay, Southdown Equestrian, Worthing Automotive Leasing of Rustington. Then there are show judges Graham Mays, Errol Hewlett, Maurice Peacock, Barbara Hammond, Helen Johnson, Christi Breech, Kerry Stewart, Sue Hooper, Sheila Hinch, secretaries on the day Hanna Henshaw and Sophie Peacock and helping in the show jumping ring will be Claire Winters. There are many other people involved who will all be mentioned in the schedules,” she added.
A raffle will be a major fund booster and prizes are needed for this. Please contact Terisa at the address below with any offers.
Schedules will be available from local tack shops or by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Miss T Jones, 1 South Cottage, Angmering Park, West Sussex BN14 4EX or email firstname.lastname@example.org