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Wendy Harris will compete in the Hopes 'n Dreams Ladies Classic
Wendy Harris will compete in the Hopes 'n Dreams Ladies Classic
Wendy Harris will compete in the Hopes 'n Dreams Ladies Classic
Wendy Harris will compete in the Hopes ‘n Dreams Ladies Classic

The Hopes ‘n Dreams Pink Lady Barrel Classic will be held at the Gingin Campdraft Arena on the 26 March 2017. So far 17 ‘over 40’ riders have registered and qualified to ride – each having raised well in excess of $250 each for Breast Cancer Network Australia.

“These riders are putting everything into fundraising and have collectively raised just over $9,000 so far. These ladies are an inspiration!” says Carina Stephens, co-founder of the event.

Many are ‘riding for a reason’ and Justine Erkelens of Muchea is one of the competitors who is personally motivated to help find a cure for cancer.

“Not only did breast cancer take away my Nanna but I lost my uncle to bowel cancer as well. I myself had cervical cancer at the age of 38 – but I’m 7 years clear so far!

“So, that day they find a cure can’t come around quick enough for me. I will raise as much as I can for that day everyone can have hope for a cure to cancer.” says Justine.

Carina Stephens is organising the event with the help of good friend, Sharron McCarthy, a legendary rider in her hometown of Gingin.

“Nothing happens without good people getting on with the job. We have some of the most generous sponsors working with us and I cannot thank the riders who register enough for all their amazing work, creating awareness and raising funds! Those who donate in support of our riders are also critical to the success of the event.

“Charity events like Hopes ‘n Dreams would not succeed without the many, many kind donations and we would not be able to help Breast Cancer Network Australia the way we do without so much support,” says Carina.

Some sensational prizes are on offer from sponsors like RES Equine Sports Boots, Killa Country Outfitters, DreamCatcher Consulting, Rodeo Services Australia, Cowgirl SASS, Cleveland Equine, Blondes Inc and Ride With Rhythm as well as SweetPro premium feed products.

The Northern Valleys News is proud to be buckle sponsor of this fantastic event which is happening locally, but is part of a much bigger movement to support this worthy cause. We hope to see as many locals as possible come along to support the event and cheer riders on the day, as well as jumping online to add to the swelling total of funds raised. Every little bit helps!