Every show we run we try and give back to a charity. This year for the Lexus Jumping Spectacular 2017, we wanted to give back to a charity associated with the racing community to thank the racing industry for getting behind our show so strongly. We can think of no one more deserving that the trust that has been set up for Rebecca Catherine Black’s children. Rebecca a proud mum of three children sadly lost her life at Gore racecourse on December 18th 2016 at age 40. Whilst we do not know Rebecca personally it is easy to see how much her death has affected the racing community.
We spoke to Samantha Collett, one of the jockeys who rode in our challenge last year to discuss how we could help and it was clear from speaking with her just what an incredible person Rebecca was.
“Rebecca was a determined and passionate woman who adored horses and chose to make a career out of it, taking up an apprenticeship riding both on the flat and over fences successfully. Recently she started up Aparima Horses, a business for the children and adults of the area to get the opportunity to learn to ride and enjoy the same happiness she had experienced. Horses were her first love after her children and Bex knew that no matter how bad a day was, that being with her horses brought her back to a place she was at ease. Rebecca will be missed by not only the racing community who she made such an impression on but also the many people she reached out to help whenever she could.” Samantha Collett, NZ Jockey.
For the Lexus Jumping Spectacular show we will be donating money from the Westbury Stud Jockey Challenge to the trust (Rebecca Black Memorial) set up for Rebecca’s children. We will also have a few items to auction off and will be taking donations towards the trust. If you would like to get involved or donate to this cause, please contact either Travis Morgan 0275678934 or Jaime Campbell 0224557284 to see how you can help.