Riders tackle the ‘wobble’ to support cancer charity after launch at Arena UK in Allington

The Wobbleberry East representatives. Top Row (L to R): Joanne Rae, Heather Reed, Cai Felton (Granthan resident), Sally Zarwalski, Sally Barr (Founder-Berry), Rochelle Lee. Front Row (L to R): Lianne Bidmead, Julia Godbold (Founder-Berry), Emma Busk (Team Leader & Rippingale resident). Photo: Ian Barr
The Wobbleberry East representatives. Top Row (L to R): Joanne Rae, Heather Reed, Cai Felton (Granthan resident), Sally Zarwalski, Sally Barr (Founder-Berry), Rochelle Lee. Front Row (L to R): Lianne Bidmead, Julia Godbold (Founder-Berry), Emma Busk (Team Leader & Rippingale resident). Photo: Ian Barr
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More than 1,000 horse riders are taking part in a challenge which will raise money for a cancer charity.

The riders are volunteers who are raising money for charity Willberry Wonder Pony which was set up by keen teenage event rider Hannah Francis who had bone cancer. Hannah passed away, aged 18, in August.

About 1,300 riders, known as ‘Wobbleberries’, are taking part in the Wobbleberry Challenger all over the country. Most of them are women, but there are also a few men, pushing themselves to the limit physically and mentally by undertaking a British Eventing One-Day-Event.

The challenge was launched at Arena UK in Allington recently. One of the organisers, Emma Busk, of Rippingale, said Wobbleberries had already raised £50,000 and are on target to exceed £250,000 by the time the challenge ends next autumn.

Emma added: “Everybody who enters has some battle to overcome. Many may have ridden in their youth but they have got older and less fit.

“Arena UK have offered us their facilities for training events and practice competitions. We are delighted to have their support and are very accommodating.”

Sally Barr, a self-confessed overweight, unfit, middle-aged, weekend rider who had not jumped for decades, set herself the challenge of competing in a BE80 (British Eventing) One Day Event which comprises dressage, show jumping and cross-country, in order to raise money for Hannah’s charity. People asked if they could join her and before she knew it hundreds of people were taking part.

If people would like to donate to the cause, they can go to www.justgiving.com