First Attempt: Plan A
I am raising money so I can try to start a new life for myself. I worked my little derriere off to become a jockey, and I am very passionate about horses and the racing industry. Until nearly 7 years ago, I had an accident at work which affected me firstly on a physical level, and soon after, the mental and emotional issues caught up. Unfortunately, this set back was much bigger than I had ever anticipated when I had been sitting at the hospital morning on that fateful Friday morning trying to tell the doctors to just let me go home so I could rest and get back into my work, my love, my life, the following Monday. No apprenticehip at this stage of my life.
Second Attempt: Plan A
Long story short, 18 months and 4 operations later, I did attempt to head back to work, because I loved my work! I managed 6 months of work before my doctor told me in no uncertain terms that it was not beneficial for me to continue; I was slowly killing myself. He suggested I take more time off and get through the work cover court process (at this point work cover was not paying for me) so I could navigate through further medical treatment.
Third Attempt: Plan A
Finally, I had a court date. I was excited! I thought this would finally be my opportunity to try and get my medical issues looked at and hopefully fixed well enough to try again! Sadly, court didn’t go as I had hoped, and I was offered barely enough money to attempt medical treatment, which is extremely risky and could result in me being blind, rather than fixing or even improving anything. Alas, whilst I am grateful for Centrelink offering me the disability pension, I want more out of life than this; sitting on my derriere, ‘bludging’ on the pension. Firstly, I am bored. 60 hours minimum of work per week, to be lacking any sort of purpose in my life… Not fun! I want to be someone! I want to make something of myself! I want a career! I want to be successful! I want to be proud of myself!
What Is Plan B?
Hence we get to my fundraiser. I have decided that I would still love to be involved in the racing industry. Regrettably I won’t be able to pursue my jockey dreams, so I have decided on ‘Plan B’: I intend on beginning a business training race horses, doing pre training (where I develop race horse fitness and education programs at my own property for other trainers before the horses are ready to go to the race track), and also re-educating ex-race horses, to facilitate a future for horses after racing.
I have been involved in horses for as long as I can remember. I competed at State level competitions growing up. I then worked in some pretty successful equestrian stables, and I have worked for some of the top racing stables; in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. As such, I believe I can bring the best of the best ideas from some pretty amazing stables, to become a successful stable in my own right, focusing on all facets of horse welfare, which sometimes goes amiss in the city stables, where stress levels of horses go through the roof. I intend on creating an environment which allows total relaxation of the horses, as well as achieving the goals of the owners. As much as I love the racing industry, there are aspects that I would love to see improved... And the best way to do that is to prove that it works!
What I Need:
I need to find somewhere to run my business. This type of business requires me living on site to provide 24/7, around the clock care, for all the expensive race horses which are being entrusted to me. As such, I am looking for a home on acreage (obviously a rental, unless someone wants to be incredibly, phenomenally and miraculously generous and donate enough so as I can buy the business premises lol). I need a car and float to tow horses with, both of which need upgrading for reliability, as opposed to purchasing from scratch. And of course, due to my physical limitations, I will be needing at least one full time, and one casual to help me get my business off the ground. All of which is not cheap!
For any size donation, I will be happy to show you around my business premises (by appointment) so you can see what you have helped me achieve. I am also happy to assist you in purchasing a horse if you are interested in racing a horse of your own (regardless of whether I am to train the horse, or if you send it elsewhere to train).
For donations over $200, I am happy to name a paddock or stall after you or your business. Or any name you would like to use!
For donations over $500, I am happy to add a link to your webpage from my webpage (once this is up and running).
For donations over $1000, I am happy to have your logo embroidered on the saddle cloths, which the horses wear on a daily basis.
For donations over $5000, I am happy to have your logo embroidered on all staff uniforms, as well as the above and send you 5 business caps, with your logo, once they are made.
For donations over $10 000, I am happy to do all of the above, as well as allow you to name my next un named race horse (obviously within the rules and regulations of Racing NSW). 10 business caps and other business paraphernalia will also be provided.
How Will You Help Me?
One way or another, you are helping me: the money you pay in taxes is paying for me to live on the pension. This is not what I want to do, this is not what I envisaged for my life. So…
Will you please help me to get off the disability support pension? Will you help me to reach my dreams? Will you help me to be able to be proud of myself? Will you help me achieve something in my life? Will you help me to make a new life for me?
Attitude of Gratitude:
I cannot express how grateful I would be to anyone who helps me achieve my goal, regardless of how large or small your donation may be. Every single cent is a step in the right direction to help me achieve my dreams. I appreciate all of you taking the time to read all of this, and I am sincerely humbled and incredibly grateful for anything at all that you are happy to donate towards my new life!
Thank you, thank you, and thank you!!!