02nd October 2015

Rachel Harding is riding for charity

I have ridden all my life coming from a Hunting and Racing Family.

I’m currently based in Gloucestershire. I have  recently moved back home and been enjoying being back around family and friends.

In the mornings I’m riding out helping my brother ‘James Ridley’ with his horses coming back into work for the pointing season ahead and getting a couple of young ones going forward. I have a good tidy up and in the afternoons I’m a Beautican at Blow and weekends a Spa Therapist at Malvern Spa and Health Club which I’m really enjoying.

I’ve been riding Side Saddle since my 16th Birthday when my parents brought me the Saddle, Habit and Hats from Jenny Wakley and she gave me some lessons and taught me the correct etiquette for showing classes. I’ve also had some help from Emma Wilesmith when I first ever sat SideSaddle properly not just putting my leg over one side of my ponies saddle. And since I’ve had help from Cindy Simms giving me advice for when I first started Hunting SideSaddle.

I will be riding my own horse ‘Boss’ who I have enjoyed retraining him into a hunter since he finished racing in 2008. He absolutely loves his hunting and taking him Sideways is a pleasure.

He was a National Hunt horse ‘ Wheres the Boss’ running at many different places but never Wincanton so this will be a first for the pair of us. He was bred at Crandon Park Stud and is by KayF Tara out of Miss Optimist, he was owned by John P McManus and trained by Jonjo O’Neil at Jackdaws Castle.

In 2013 I did the St Patrick’s Derby at the Cheltenham Festival for Cancer Research raising just over £5000, this being a charity very close to my heart I really enjoyed the whole experience from the early mornings riding out to the Big Day feeling the excitement of being involved in the Festival itself.

Knowing how beneficial the Southern Spinal Injury Trust is for people needing support dealing with Spinal Cord Injury I feel this opportunity to help raise money for more equipment to help with a better quality of life for them and help put money towards transport like the new minibus specially designed for up to four patients to be safely transported, in wheelchairs, to recreational activities that will complement their ongoing rehabilitation.

Both myself and Boss have a lot of training ahead of the 25th October, but it’s been good having a challenge to look ahead to and prepare ourselves for. If you would like to help sponsor me please visit my page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RachaelHarding