Gill’s Indian horse trek was “absolutely awesome.”
RIDING instructor Gill Meningen has just returned from the horse ride of a lifetime, travelling across the spectacular Indian state of Rajasthan.
Gill completed the 125 Km challenge to raise almost �4,000 for the international charity The Brooke, which works to improve the lives of hard working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.
She said: “The experience was absolutely awesome. I got into doing the challenge purely by accident, a friend did some fund raising for The Brooke, and I looked at her fund raising pack and found out about the challenge.
“When I first applied to do the trek, I was told I was too late, but another rider dropped out so I got a place, and then it was pure adrenaline, as I set about fund raising.”
Gill, 53, lives in Coveney and runs livery and training yard Little Downham Equestrian with her son.
You may also want to watch:
Gill said: “Riding the Marwari horses was fantastic, they are built for stamina and are incredibly fit and fast. We rode for between four and six hours a day, split into two sessions to avoid the heat of the day.”
Following the trails of ancient kings, Gill had the chance to experience Indian culture, catch a glimpse of wildlife, and ride across a variety of terrain.
- 1 Malaysian-style Fens home leaves Grand Designs viewers in awe
- 2 Drug free, drink free BMW driver crashes into wall
- 3 Motorcyclist dies in A141 crash
- 4 Former mayor begins court battle to retain pub
- 5 Mayor's ‘hop-on hop-off' public travel revolution
- 6 A141 closed after motorcycle crash
- 7 Author opens school’s new library
- 8 Former mayor Aigars Balsevics must wait for verdict on pub fate
- 9 Village housing in disarray after all the trustees quit
- 10 Town considers home for market
“I only went abroad for the first time last October and there I was, riding in India,” added Gill. “Everything was really well organised. The Indian people were the best I have ever met, they came out of their villages to greet us and offer us refreshment.”
The adventure culminated in a visit to see The Brooke’s work near Delhi, where Gill saw the charity’s work at first hand, making a difference to the lives of horses donkeys and mules working in brick kilns.
“I had a wonderful experience, and I will continue to fund raised for The Brooke,” said Gill, who has a Just Giving fund raising website, www.justgiving.com/gillmeningen