Addisons Chartered Surveyors hosted a Race Night at The Saddle Room near Leyburn to raise funds for Richmond School Equestrian Team. Over £1,800 was raised which will be used to purchase matching kit for the team who are due to compete at the National Championships in April. The new branded kit will include jackets, hoodies, base layers, saddle cloths and hat silks for all 16 team members.
The team qualified to represent North Yorkshire at the championships which will be held in Buckingham and will see team members Cassie Ramsay, Andie Jones, Imogen Thornton and Rosa Johnson representing their team and county in the show jumping category.
The equestrian team are one of only a few state funded school teams to reach the National Championships and the new kit will be embroidered with Richmond School’s crest. When Addisons heard about their achievement and that they were without a matching kit they were keen to help the team with both sponsorship and fundraising. Richard Duffus, partner and head of property said, “to get into the finals is a great achievement and we wanted to do more to help, that’s how the idea of a race night fundraiser came about.”
Staff from Addisons’ Richmond office arranged the equestrian themed event which saw over 70 guests enjoy the thrill of a race evening as well as a two course meal in the renowned Saddle Room restaurant. It was all hands on deck as members of the Equestrian Team helped to run the event. Richard Duffus said, “The Saddle Room was the obvious venue, they were really accommodating and trained the team members to serve canapes and wait on the tables so they could get involved – and the team did a fantastic job.”
Kirstie Thornton from Richmond School worked with Addisons to plan the event, she said, “I personally would like to say a huge thank everyone who donated to the Race night and to the team and the parents who helped to make the night so successful.”
Richmond School Head Teacher, Ian Robertson commented, “Such wonderful support from the wider community is really appreciated.”
Since the race evening Richmond School Equestrian Team have already been back in action, winning a team event that qualifies them for further National Championships in October. Students, Meg Sutton-Walker, Amy Bushell and Mabel Crampton will be representing their school team in October.
Richard Duffus from Addisons added, “this is just the start of our support for this inspiring team, as new members join Addisons will help to purchase the additional kit required. We wish the team the best of luck for the championships and look forward to finding out how they get on.”