Equestrian event for Ben and cancer unit

Ben Hobday in action on 'super cob' Mulry's Error.
Ben Hobday in action on 'super cob' Mulry's Error.

Members of the Northumberland equestrian community are coming together to support the cancer unit treating an international event rider.

A big fund-raising show and party is taking place at Todburn Equestrian Centre near Longhorsley on Sunday, August 9. It will feature a variety of classes and activities.

Well-known professional Ben Hobday achieved success at European level with Uptons Who and he recently completed Badminton Horse Trials on the ‘super cob’ Mulry’s Error.

But the 27-year-old’s world has been turned upside down as he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. He is receiving treatment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

A group of people involved in equestrian in Northumberland have organised the event. All proceeds will go to Bright Red, a charity aims to improve the lives and treatment of people with blood cancer across the north of England.

Elaine Carmichael, who is helping to run the event, said: “Bright Red 4 Ben is an ideal family day out and one not to be missed.

“It will include dressage, show jumping, combined training, working hunter and handy pony classes, novelty dog classes and games. We will also be hosting a barbecue and party alongside our charity auction and raffle.”

Any offers of sponsorship or donations for the fund-raiser would be welcome – call Mrs Carmichael on 07815 297024.

Event schedules will be posted on Todburn Equestrian Centre’s Facebook page.