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Katy Barr from Buckinghamshire has decided to put on an event to help raise money for mental health charity MIND. Katy will aim to clip 100 horses in 12 hours along with nine of her friends.
The event is called ‘The Big MIND Clipathon’ and will be taking place at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on 3rd November 2018.
The idea first came to Katy 18 months ago. She had lost a friend to pancreatic cancer and another friend was suffering from breast cancer so she decided to raise money for the cancer charity Macmillan.
“I wanted to do something original. I don’t like running and I couldn’t swim so I thought what can I do? I know I can clip. During my first attempt last year I clipped 11 horses in 11 hours on my own. I got kicked by the ninth horse and that cut me short, but I raised £2,000 for Macmillan.”
Katy along with the help of her friends are aiming to set a Guinness world record.
“I put up a post on Facebook and I was inundated with friends wanting to clip with me. We are really excited and are in the application process with Guinness. We will have as many sets of clippers for each person as possible plus blades. In the effort to keep going as much as we can, we want to keep clippers cool so they clip well and keep the horses comfortable,” said Katy.
“All the horses will be cross tied as we feel this is safer for them and for us clipping. With the setup we will have at Addington, the horse can be moved to a stable if they are more comfortable there. Each person clipping will have at least one person holding and helping them, alongside the owner. I always feel this is necessary for everyone’s safety, with eyes on the horse the whole time and keeping the horse calm and quiet.”
Katy is aiming to raise £2,000 for her chosen charity and is holding the event in memory of Bradley John, aged 14, who died on the 14th September, having been bullied at school.
Katy is still looking for horses to be clipped on the day at Addington. Owners who would like for their horses to be involved in the event can contact The Big MIND Clipathon Facebook page. Donations can be made to the JustGiving page.