In The Saddle: Horse show will help raise money to battle debilitating disease

Later this month my friend is holding a horse and dog show at her livery yard in order to raise money for Lyme Disease treatment.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st July 2016, 3:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:39 pm
Nicola before being struck down by Lyme Disease.
Nicola before being struck down by Lyme Disease.

The show will take place at Canswick House Farm in Gunness on the 31st July.

The show has plenty of classes for everyone to enjoy from ridden and in-hand horse showing, showjumping and clear round right through to some fab little dog classes.

I used to keep my horses up at Nichola's livery yard many years ago and knew her well before she was struck down with Lyme's.

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Nichola used to run full boarding facilities for horses, as well as riding lessons and she was always a woman that couldn't keep still. If she wasn't out competing her own horses, you could count on her being outside with the dogs fixing fencing or mucking out her clients’ horses.

I'd never heard of Lyme Disease before, It is in the UK and it's easy to get. A simple tick bite is all that it takes and it affects around 3,000 people a year in the UK.

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks-tiny spider-like creatures that feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans.

Many people with early-stage Lyme Disease develop a distinctive circular rash at the site of the tick bite, usually around three to 30 days after being bitten but it's not always the case.

Nicola has been left with the debilitating illness which means she is no longer able to work outdoors on her own as she is prone to collapsing, which has also left her unable to compete, drive or do the work she did before with horses.

Unfortunately the NHS does not fund treatment for it-hence Nichola is having to pay to go private.

Come along to the show at 10am and have fun at Canswick House Farm. It will be a great day for all the family -we'd love to see you down there.