Hopeful equestrian event will raise profile for $250k course

Milly Rowley, left, and Georgie Dickson at Craigmore station on their horses. On Monday Olympic equestrian Jock Paget ...
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Milly Rowley, left, and Georgie Dickson at Craigmore station on their horses. On Monday Olympic equestrian Jock Paget will be hosted for the first fundraising event for a new $250,000 eventing course expected to be built at Craigmore Station.

The organisers of a fundraiser for a proposed world-class eventing course at South Canterbury's Craigmore Station are hopeful the event will be a roaring success.

South Canterbury North Otago Eventing spokeswoman Sara Rowley said as well as helping to sell tickets, they hoped the inclusion of Olympic equestrian Jock Paget in Monday's events would help raise the profile of the organisation's end-goal - to build a $250,000 centre.

The event would include a day of entertainment with a novelty race, nibbles and drinks, a dinner with Paget, and some very special guests.

Riding for The Disable riders and volunteers have been given the opportunity to mix and mingle with one New Zealand's ...
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Riding for The Disable riders and volunteers have been given the opportunity to mix and mingle with one New Zealand's equestrian greats Olympic medalist Jock Paget who will be visiting the region next week. Pictured ESNZ South Canterbury North Otago Eventing Group Bill Phiskie, with Chief the pony, presents Janet Briggs from The Timaru Riding for the Disabled with tickets for the inaugural fundraiser for the new eventing venue.

Children and volunteers associated with Timaru's Riding for the Disabled have been invited to attend and meet Paget, Rowley said.

READ MORE: $250K eventing course at Craigmore 

Riding for the Disabled assistant coach Janet Briggs said there would be enough tickets for either 10 riders or volunteers to attend.

"Hopefully some of the children look up to Jock and see him as an idol," Rowley said. 

Even if they didn't it would be a fun day and event for all, she said. 

"We are aware we need some community input for the venture and this was an opportunity to give back."

The event was the start of the journey, she said.

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She hoped the event could draw in some sponsors for the course. 

So far 80 people had booked for the three course dinner with 15 more tickets available at $100, for $35 90 people were coming to the drinks and nibbles and to talk with Paget and at $20, 105 people were booked in for the novelty race, Rowley said.

There were unlimited tickets for the novelty race, as there was no catering, she said.  

Rowley reminded guest to bring "something special for Jock to sign".

"We are really excited that Jock has come on board. It's amazing for a little group like ours," Rowley said. 

The group hoped to have the venue ready by October next year, but that would depend on the amount of funding the group received, she said. 

She said the group would fundraise and use grants to match the proposed spend for the course.

She said the event was "a pretty cool" and "awesome opportunity for people [to meet Jock]".  

Tickets for the event could be purchased through the group's Facebook page Eventing SCNO. 

 - Stuff

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