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Keeping up with the news of Judith's activities, competitions and coaching sessions is a full time job. So for now we have contented ourselves with a series of snapshots of the sort of things that have been keeping her busy over the recent past. A past sadly impacted for all of us by the Covid pandemic, which has restricted much of what she wold normally have been doing. As we write this however, lockdown is ending and we all hope for the resumption of a slightly more normal life.

  • NORFOLK EVENT RIDER BEGINS TOUGHEST CHALLENGE

 

Judith Barker, a leading 3-Day Event rider and Level-3 British Eventing and British Show Jumping Coach from Wickmere in North Norfolk, has started what she describes as “the toughest challenge of my life”.

She has just completed the first of an initial dozen full day’s personal coaching sessions for mixed groups of riders, from novices to the more experienced, to generate money for carefully selected charities. The high-profile event rider is donating all the fees from the days, putting the time and efforts of herself and her team in for nothing. With money still coming in, the first day is expected to raise in the region of £2,000.

“We began with a day for something close to my heart, the World Horse Welfare organisation, which has The Princess Royal as its patron and Snetterton as its Norfolk base,” explained Judith. She has another five days planned already, through which she hopes to benefit Help for Heroes, Children in Need, the World Wildlife Fund and The British Heart Foundation. After these, Judith is looking for input from the local community, explaining, “It’s great doing things for the large, well-known charities, but we do want to raise funds for Norfolk charities. Anyone who would like to put their charity forward can contact me through my website. We will look very carefully at every request.”

The first charity day was held at the Indoor Arena at Wakefield Farm Stud. Twenty-four horses and riders were coached on a varied selection of obstacles, including Judith’s specially purchased mobile Jump 4 Joy cross country jumps, rustic poles over a water tray and many more. Judith reports, “Everyone said they enjoyed the day, and no one parted company from their mounts – always a bonus!”

Alongside her team giving their time for free, she had added sponsorship help from local companies  such as Bailey’s Horse Feeds, Marsham Saddlery and Country Clothing, GJL Fakenham, Photos by Shelley, Steve Sugden - Equine Chiropractor and Pippa Windle-Baker - Equine Physio. “All these local people help us maximise the amount available for our selected charities and we’re so grateful to them.”

 

Judith’s selected charity for the first event was also present on the day, in the shape of a World Horse Welfare gift stall, offering Christmas Cards, stationery and stocking fillers. Their Supporter Fundraising Officer, Frances Plume, said, “This amazing donation is so very welcome right now, as winter approaches with its expected increase in welfare cases.  The support of Judy and others means any horse found in need of rescue as a result of abuse or neglect can be safely looked after, despite the restrictions of the pandemic lockdown.”

  • RIDING FOR CHARITY DAYS RESTART

East Anglian Air Ambulance next to benefit from work of leading 3-Day Event rider and Level-3 British Eventing and British Show Jumping Coach.

Just as the Covid pandemic struck with its third lockdown, Judith Barker, from Wickmere in North Norfolk, was starting what she had already described as “the toughest challenge of my life” – a long-term series of equestrian coaching events for charity.

Now, the highly experienced rider and coach, with the support of her team and “huge help” from  local companies’ sponsorship support, is re-starting the programme on April 3rd at Oxnead Equestrian Centre. It will offer a full day’s coaching for all levels, with all fees and sponsorship going in support of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. “Alongside my team, local people such as Bailey’s Horse Feeds, Marsham Saddlery and Country Clothing, GJL Fakenham, Photos by Shelley, Steve Sugden - Equine Chiropractor and Pippa Windle-Baker - Equine Physio all help us maximise the amount available for our selected charities and we’re so grateful to them,” said Judith, adding with a dazzling smile, “Though we’re always happy to welcome more help in supporting these great causes!”

Judith completed the first of her planned Charity Day coaching sessions for a very mixed group of riders, from novices to the more experienced. That first day was held at an indoor arena in Foulsham late last year. Twenty-four horses and riders were coached on a varied selection of obstacles, including Judith’s specially purchased mobile Jump 4 Joy cross-country jumps, rustic poles over a water tray and many more. Judith reports, “Everyone said they enjoyed the day, and no one parted company from their mounts – always a bonus!”

“It all seems so long ago now, but we began with a day for the World Horse Welfare (WHW) organisation, which has The Princess Royal as its patron and Snetterton as its Norfolk base, and raised almost £1,500 for them,” she said. WHW Supporter Fundraising Officer, Frances Plume, said, “This amazing donation was so very welcome right now, as winter approached with its expected increase in welfare cases.  The support of Judy and others means any horse found in need of rescue as a result of abuse or neglect can be safely looked after, despite the restrictions of the pandemic lockdown.”

Following the Air Ambulance day, Judith has another five days already planned, aiming to benefit Help for Heroes, Children in Need, the Word Wildlife Fund, local cancer charity - Big C, and The British Heart Foundation. After these, Judith is looking for input from the local community, explaining, “It’s great doing things for the large, well-known charities, but we do want to raise funds for smaller Norfolk charities.

 

Anyone who would like to put their charity forward can contact me through my website. We will look very carefully at every request.”