Riding challenge reins in more than £1,000 for charity

22nd May

A six-year-old schoolgirl has amazed her family, friends, classmates and the local community by using her riding skills to raise money for the NHS.

Lucie Dale

With her business being under ‘lock down’ and far too many horses and ponies to be exercised by one person at Ghyll Park Equestrian, owner Sally Ann Dale came up with the novel idea for her daughter to ride as many horses as she could in one day.

Starting at 8.15am, Lucie Dale rode a total of 10 horses, ranging from a Shetland to a 14.2 Cob, in the yard for 20 minutes. So far she has raised more than £1,000 – doubling her original target. You can still donate on Lucie’s JustGiving page.

Girl standing on horse

Lucie, from Mayfield, attends Skippers Hill School when she is not helping her mother Sally to look after the horses at the family’s livery and riding school business Ghyll Park Equestrian Centre.

Both of Sally Ann’s children are hugely talented riders and hope to compete professionally one day. Lucie competes nationally on Shetland ponies and her brother Jack also rides at national level.

Girl lying on horse

“Lucie was only six at the end of March and she is incredibly mature for her age. She has been riding since before she could walk and spends her entire life climbing on horses. She has been a huge help since we’ve been closed due to the pandemic and is regularly riding two or three horses a day. This spring she has even reared three lambs on her own,” Sally Ann said.

Girl lying on horse