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The Rock-itt : April 2011
By Rachel Smith Photos by Rachel Smith at www.furdography.com.au Visit www.northsideridingclub.org.au for more information Northside Riding Club Provides Some Welcome Support for Noah’s Ark Ma ny of the sick, injured and lost animals that survived the recent devastating Lockyer Valley flood found refuge at a temporary Noah's Ark set up at the University of Queensland's (UQ) Veterinary Medical Centre at the Gatton campus. Northside Riding Club has donated the profits of their first midweek dressage competition to the cause, raising $2000 through entry fees and donations from riders. The Equine Hospital is still treating a number of horses recovering from the disaster. The money Northside Riding Club raised from the Midweek Dressage competition on 17 February will help pay for more veterinary drugs and supplies so the vet hospital can continue to treat animals who have yet to be claimed, or whose owners have lost everything in the flood disaster. NRC midweek Dressage organiser, Anwen Keeling, an artist from Mosman who volunteers at NRC, spent time on the phone with those helping at the refuge. "It is great that we can support such a wonderful facility as this. As well as NRC donating the profits, a number of riders made donations on the day and one of the judges donated her fee. One member even pledged $250 via email as she is overseas at the moment." The finance officer of the School of Veterinary Science, Leah McDonald was overwhelmed by the offer. "Thanks again for your kindness – it is truly heart-warming to be on the receiving end of such generosity.” Anwen also spoke with Anne Covill, the practice manager at the teaching hospital at the University of Queensland. "It was a pleasure speaking with you today and again I cannot thank you and your local riding club enough for thinking of the Veterinary Medical Centre. The flood period was particularly distressing for staff and students let alone locals during January – some of the horses who inhaled flood water and subsequently developed pneumonia are still with us but doing well. In many ways we were very fortunate to witness the outpouring of empathy and Rachelle Joice and her daughter enjoyed the midweek at Northside Laura Summerhayes presents her lovely young warmblood to judge Leslie Nalbandian for the Prep Test Corrine Watkins a nd Revelwood Galaxy Di Geraghty and Hollywood Doll finish the prep test with smiles