Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 by Heather Dodd
Recently the Nancarrow Appaloosa Stud based in Wing, Buckinghamshire, held its annual show in aid of The Rowan Varey Memorial Trust Fund which commemorates a very brave young girl who died at the age of 13.
Rowan was diagnosed with Leukaemia aged 3 and battled to beat the disease but unfortunately the drugs needed damaged her lungs. Over the next few years whilst Rowan was learning to ride her lungs gradually deteriorated until eventually she had to have a wheel chair and a constant supply of oxygen. A heart and lung transplant was to follow and all seemed to be well for a while until the week before Christmas 2001 when Rowan was rushed into Great Ormond Street and sadly died shortly after New Year.
The shows and events run by Stud owner Jan Weekes have raised £1000s for the Fund. The monies raised helps support a girls’ school in Uganda having helped build a dormitory and kitchen along with a supply of pencils and writing books.
The In Hand Show and Clear Round has become a fixed date in the calendar for all the stud’s liveries, current and past, being run informally and attracting those who don’t normally visit the show ring.
The classes ranged from Best Turned Out and Best Coloured which were won by Kelly Gyenes with Bunny. Young handler was taken by Maisie Hill with Poppy. The overall champion on the day was Michelle Foreman with her 20 year old mare Kiri (pictured above).
The Clear Round was well supported again giving those not usually in the jumping ring a chance to have a go, along with some of the yard dogs including the smallest of the lot, Mable the Chihuahua.
The total raised at this year’s event was in excess of £800.