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.”



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Online auction items

  • Painting of Casper and Cian O’Connor
  • Carton House Experience, including a visit to Cian O’Connor
  • La Bougie Hamper
  • Mercurr Horse Solarium
  • Lemieux - Loire Dijon set
  • Blue Book voucher to the value of €250
  • One year lease of two-stall horsebox
  • Lesson at Joseph Murphy’s yard, and accommodation for two
  • 12 bottles of 2016 Bourgogne Jean Jacques Girard
  • Celtic Equine voucher to value of €650
  • Weekend stay in AirBnB at Scarvagh (3 nights)
  • Tour of Jackdaws Castle & watch horses on gallops with Jonjo O’Neill
  • Badminton VIP experience for two people
  • Equine Artificial Insemination & Flush Package - Ballyorney Veterinary Practice
  • A tour for four with the Marquess of Waterford of his ancestral home and gardens, Curraghmore, followed by tea with him
  • A week in 19th century farmhouse on the Greek island of Syros
  • Case of Silver Spear gin
  • Tour of Willie Mullins yard with the trainer
  • A 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 Watson
  • Coaching with Richard Waygood MBE, British Olympic eventing team performance director
  • Equine painting by Madeleine Bunbury
  • Racing silks as worn by A.P. McCoy on Grand National winner Don’t Push It
  • J.P. McManus racing silks, signed by Grand National-winning & champion jockeys
  • Grand National winner Tiger Roll colours signed by Davy Russell
  • Six bottles of Château Lynch-Bages 2005
  • A week in a cottage in Tighnariddon, Scotland
  • A tour of Alice and William Fox Pitt’s yard in Dorset, with an overnight stay locally for two
  • A week for four in a Cornish seaside holiday home
  • A morning with Olympic medallist Carl Hester & his team
  • Breen Equestrian yard tour & training session for two people with Shane Breen
  • Stallion nomination for one of three stallions at Hadley Sport Horses
  • A lesson for two people with Laura Collett
  • Golf for two at the Wisley Golf Club
  • A day of deep sea fishing for four off Clifden, Co Galway, followed by bed and breakfast at Johnny and Sue Britton’s Sea Side Cottage
  • Half-day, off-road Land Rover experience for two
  • Private tennis lesson with Andy Saunders
  • One-hour private personal training session in the Newmarket/Cambridge area from Jay Banks, professional personal trainer
  • Tutored wine-tasting with Amanda Skinner
  • Vineyard tour, tasting and lunch for six at Chateau Picque-Caillou, Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux
  • Lunch for six with paired wines at Michelin-recommended Green Acres Restaurant in Wexford
  • A 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 fishing
  • Signed green jacket from Eddie Macken