Dr Cook's Quit The Bit
Formerly known as "Bridleless Not Brainless" the "Quit The Bit" team chasers do it in the pink in support of the Breast Cancer Campaign.
The team, lead by Mark Smith of MS Jump, won the respect and admiration of many by being successfull in this hair-raising sport for two seasons riding only in headcollars.
Belinda Shaw, the proprietor of Grove Farm Equestrian, joined them when she was 39 years old, having never competed in any horse competition in her life. She had the best day of her life and rightfully earned tremendous praise for her bravery. But a bigger challenge was yet to be faced as this ultra-brave lady was diagnosed with breast cancer. With the same positive attitude that she used to attack the hedges she faced all the challenges that the illness presented and continued to ride with the team in between chemotherapy sessions.
A rule change then forced the team to use bridles so "Bridleless Not Brainless" became "Quit The Bit" and they now compete in Dr Cook Bitless Bridles - made in pink of course!
The team have a Just Giving page where donations towards the Breast Cancer Campaign can be made so please show your support by making a donation online.
Any owner of a retired chaser that would enjoy the sport and who would like to help raise money for this excellent cause please ring Mark Smith on 07930151562.