‘I Gotta Horse’ event reins in £2,000

Friends of Sailability dinner - From left,  Peter Seagrave, Martin Sutcliffe (Chairman Rutland Sailability),Sarah Forsyth, Angela Ashpole, Andrew Hunter (Chairman Friends of Rutland Sailability), Colin Ashpole
Friends of Sailability dinner - From left, Peter Seagrave, Martin Sutcliffe (Chairman Rutland Sailability),Sarah Forsyth, Angela Ashpole, Andrew Hunter (Chairman Friends of Rutland Sailability), Colin Ashpole

One hundred and thirty five Friends of Rutland Sailability and their guests attended their annual dinner held at Greetham Valley Golf Hotel.

Many attending remembered the colourful tipster Prince Monolulu who frequented racecourses in the mid-1900s – encouraging punters to part with their cash on the result of a horse race.

So it was on Saturday, November 21 – a Sweepstake enabled guests to ‘back’ horses and the first four horses ‘past the post’ attracted high quality prizes – dinner, bed and breakfast at Hambleton Hall, Barnsdale Lodge, Normanton Park and The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley.

This theme was supported by the guest speaker, Rutland resident Colin Ashpole.

When Colin retired from corporate life he achieved his life-long ambition to own a racehorse – and the stories he told held the audience enthralled!

It’s not just silks and winners’ cups! Colin gave an entertaining and often extremely humorous after-dinner talk – leaving the guests wanting more!

More than £2,000 was raised for Rutland Sailability – our local charity providing sailing on Rutland Water for people with disabilities

The Friends of Rutland Sailability raise funds for Rutland Sailability and over the next year they will be seeking to raise more than £7,000 to refurbish one of Sailability’s Kinsman sailing cruisers – that will add another five years to the craft’s useful life.

More details of Friends of Rutland Sailability can be found on the Rutland Sailability website.