Seven-times Australian Olympian Andrew Hoy been named as Patron of The Wobbleberry Challenge.
Sam Elms, one of the Founders of the Challenge, explained, “Andrew was the obvious choice. He has been an active supporter of the Wobbleberry Challenge since the very beginning and is one of the nicest, most generous athletes you could ever wish to meet. I remember asking, on Twitter, whether there were any professional eventers who would support the Challenge and Andrew replied very quickly saying he wanted to help and he has been true to his word, helping out whenever and wherever he can.”
In March this year, Hoy Eventing hosted a flatwork and jumping clinic for ‘Wobbleberries’ at their stables in Leicestershire. By raffling places and rewarding Wobbleberries who had raised the most sponsorship, the clinic raised more than £10,000 for Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony and a date has been set for this to be repeated in 2018.
Andrew Hoy explained, “My first contact with Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony Charity was at the Tattersalls Event in May 2016, when I had the privilege of meeting Hannah. She gave a very touching speech at an owners and riders dinner and we all were very emotional about the strength and courage of this wonderful young lady. On that day, I knew I wanted to do something to support the charity. When I heard that the Wobbleberries were looking for support later on that year I felt it was the right time to get active and support the charity in memory of Hannah. Last year´s clinic for a group of Wobbleberries was a great kick off to our cooperation and I look forward to making this an annual event.”
Founder Sally Barr said: “Andrew was the first rider to wear the new Wobbling for Willberry armband as he rode around Blenheim carrying his Willberry Wonder Pony Hoyberry on his back. He has also very generously agreed to front a series of training videos for Wobbleberries for 2017/18. He was the perfect choice for Patron, he takes it very seriously and we can’t thank him enough.”