Gymkhana horse show in memory of Hannah Witheridge

Croft Farm Riding Centre in Filby is holding a fun horse show, gymkhana etc, in memory of Hemsby’s H

Croft Farm Riding Centre in Filby is holding a fun horse show, gymkhana etc, in memory of Hemsby’s Hannah Witheridge. - Credit: Nick Butcher

'It's a bit of fun to brighten up a winter's day, just like Hannah brightened the lives of so many.'

Croft Farm Riding Centre in Filby is holding a fun horse show, gymkhana etc, in memory of Hemsby’s H

Croft Farm Riding Centre in Filby is holding a fun horse show, gymkhana etc, in memory of Hemsby’s Hannah Witheridge. - Credit: Nick Butcher

That was the message behind the gymkhana and horse show which took place in Filby, near Great Yarmouth, today, to raise money for charity in memory of Hannah Witheridge.

Miss Witheridge, 23, of Hemsby, was killed on the Thai island of Koh Tao in September.

Her sudden death shocked the community and her friends back home who, since her tragic death, have raised thousands of pounds for the family's chosen charities FAITH animal rescue and Victim Support.

Equestrian Heather Cook, runs the Croft Farm Riding Centre at Filby, taught Miss Witheridge and her sisters to ride when they were little girls.


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'Stables will often organise fun shows like this in the summer, but there's isn't often much in the winter,' she said.

'We wanted to do something; it's just a bit of fun to brighten up a winter's day, just like Hannah brightened the lives of so many by simply being herself.'

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Young riders from Croft Farm took part in gymkhana games, friendly races and jumping inside the farm's barn.

There was also a bake off, dog agility and fancy dress with the theme of flowers.

Riders taking part in the fundraiser said Norfolk's horse riding community was close-knit and Miss Witheridge was popular, much-loved and deeply missed.

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