June 2016

RideForAllegra fulfilled one of Allegra’s dreams. Allegra and her friend Lucy Harley had planned for many years to ride their ponies on the beach together & both have spent their childhood summers holidaying on the Camel Estuary in Cornwall.  This summer, with her mother Katy as fantastic back up, Lucy determined to ride her pony Wella from Princes Mead School in Hampshire to Daymer Bay, Cornwall to fulfil that childhood ambition.

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Many of you will have followed her epic journey on Instagram and Facebook.  So many people gave advice, time, beds, fields, and joined Lucy along the way.  They had some extraordinary adventures – including being shown round William Fox-Pitt’s yard and welcomed into castles & beautiful estates – as they travelled 240 miles at 3mph for 28 days (that’s more than 9 marathons!). The photos were stunning & it hardly seemed to rain all summer. There was a lot of local press coverage as well as articles in Country Life & Horse and Hound. Lucy also featured on Radio Solent as one of ‘Julian’s People’. Ride for Allegra raised a staggering £9,000 – many donations came from people who she met along the way or who just heard about her ride through social media. A welcoming party met them on Daymer Bay to watch Wella canter along the beach at low tide – Allegra would have loved it.  Thank you, Lucy, for taking Allegra with you all the way.