SIGNED racing silks and exclusive visits to leading racing stables are among the items available in an online auction in aid of Tiggy’s Trust, the charitable foundation established in memory of teenage equestrian Tiggy Hancock.
Tiggy’s life will be celebrated at Cheltenham Racecourse next Friday when Prestbury Park will “turn yellow” in honour of the Co Carlow youngster who lost her life in a riding accident earlier this year.
A separate charity auction is planned for Cheltenham but, in the meantime, bids are being taken online on over 40 items donated by supporters and family friends. Among the items on offer are J.P. McManus racing silks signed by A.P. McCoy, Gigginstown silks signed by Davy Russell, and private trips to the yards of top trainers Willie Mullins and Jonjo O’Neill.
Tiggy’s Trust will use the funds raised to assist young people by offering both mental health support to those who need it and also provide training and education to help young aspiring equestrians achieve their goals.
A spokesperson for the Hancock family said: “We are overwhelmed by the support we have and are receiving since Tiggy left us last June. Every day another incredible gesture comes from another part of the world. We know Tiggy would be so proud to see the line up of auction lots and the equestrian and racing celebrities attending Cheltenham on December 10th along with her many friends. Our aim through Tiggy’s Trust is to spread kindness and inclusivity and empower youths through mental health support, education and training.”
Online auction itemsPainting of Casper and Cian O’ConnorCarton House Experience, including a visit to Cian O’ConnorLa Bougie HamperMercurr Horse SolariumLemieux - Loire Dijon setBlue Book voucher to the value of €250One year lease of two-stall horseboxLesson at Joseph Murphy’s yard, and accommodation for two12 bottles of 2016 Bourgogne Jean Jacques GirardCeltic Equine voucher to value of €650Weekend stay in AirBnB at Scarvagh (3 nights)Tour of Jackdaws Castle & watch horses on gallops with Jonjo O’NeillBadminton VIP experience for two peopleEquine Artificial Insemination & Flush Package - Ballyorney Veterinary PracticeA tour for four with the Marquess of Waterford of his ancestral home and gardens, Curraghmore, followed by tea with himA week in 19th century farmhouse on the Greek island of SyrosCase of Silver Spear ginTour of Willie Mullins yard with the trainerA tonne of Connolly’s Red Mills horse feed and a Foran Equine supplements and Carr & Day & Martin hamper, and a training session with Red Mills ambassador and Olympic event rider Sam WatsonCoaching with Richard Waygood MBE, British Olympic eventing team performance directorEquine painting by Madeleine BunburyRacing silks as worn by A.P. McCoy on Grand National winner Don’t Push ItJ.P. McManus racing silks, signed by Grand National-winning & champion jockeysGrand National winner Tiger Roll colours signed by Davy RussellSix bottles of Château Lynch-Bages 2005A week in a cottage in Tighnariddon, ScotlandA tour of Alice and William Fox Pitt’s yard in Dorset, with an overnight stay locally for twoA week for four in a Cornish seaside holiday homeA morning with Olympic medallist Carl Hester & his teamBreen Equestrian yard tour & training session for two people with Shane BreenStallion nomination for one of three stallions at Hadley Sport HorsesA lesson for two people with Laura CollettGolf for two at the Wisley Golf ClubA day of deep sea fishing for four off Clifden, Co Galway, followed by bed and breakfast at Johnny and Sue Britton’s Sea Side CottageHalf-day, off-road Land Rover experience for twoPrivate tennis lesson with Andy SaundersOne-hour private personal training session in the Newmarket/Cambridge area from Jay Banks, professional personal trainerTutored wine-tasting with Amanda SkinnerVineyard tour, tasting and lunch for six at Chateau Picque-Caillou, Pessac-Leognan, BordeauxLunch for six with paired wines at Michelin-recommended Green Acres Restaurant in WexfordA two-night stay in one of the grand state bedrooms at Marlfield House, Co Wexford. Dinner in the Duck Restaurant on one evening and fine dining in the conservatory dining room on the second night.A trip to Achill Island. Fish with a ghillie on the Newport river, golf on a links or deep sea fishingSigned green jacket from Eddie Macken