Willberry and his awesome Wishes team were given a 24 hour challenge when an email came in from Lyndsay asking if we could provide some special memories at Blair International Horse Trials the following day for her good friend Moira. Moira sadly has a brain tumour and is in palliative care at present, so the Willberry jumped into action to try and give Moira plenty of smiles and joy. However, as the Wishes base is in the South West we needed to find a Northern Angel – and so we contacted the wonderful Jemma Docherty who is a staunch supporter of Willberry. She immediately jumped at the opportunity and within hours had an exciting programme planned for Moira and her friend Linda the following day.
Jemma met Moira and Linda on Thursday morning in glorious sunshine and told them about their busy day ahead!
They then went to the lorry park where they were taken to the most fantastic lorry you can imagine, owned by Fiona and Andrew Malcolm of the Malcolm Group and huge supporters of eventing in Scotland. They all went in to enjoy a lovely lunch of soup and sandwiches, lots of chat and plenty of laughs with Simon Grieve and Wills Oakden. Moira’s stories of the amazing achievements in her life blew them away, and were an inspiration to them all.
After lunch, they were given a VIP pass to go ‘backstage’ for a tour of the stables to meet the equine stars, filled with adrenaline and anticipation of the competition ahead. They stroked some beautiful noses, met a few well-known friendly faces and were even lucky enough to meet the legend that is Ben Hobday and his lovely wife Emma. Big smiles from Moira on that one!!
In the afternoon Moira was then treated to a drive around the cross country course with the FEI Technical Delegate Michelle Debenham, with Daniel Scott jumping in as well to give her his opinion on the fences and how he thought he would ride them. She had a fantastic insight into the challenges of the course, and knew exactly where she wanted to put her seats for the best viewing point when she came back on Saturday!
The sun shone throughout the day, the atmosphere was fantastic, and some very special memories were created for a very special lady.
Willberry sends huge thanks to the organisers and all the team at Blair for their unequivocal support as always. The Eventing Family shone through once again as riders gave their time and love to make Moira at home in their world. Last, but certainly not least, MASSIVE thanks from the bottom of Willberry's heart to the amazing Jemma Docherty, Willberry’s very own Flower of Scotland.