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A teenager from Norwich will be combining her love for eventing with fund-raising skills when she competes at horse trials throughout the season to raise money for Breast Cancer research.

Steph Richardson, 17, has clipped a Breast Cancer ribbon onto the hindquarters of her horse, Athlone Frankie. The pair will kick-off their fund-raising and eventing season on Sunday (29 March) at Great Witchingham Horse Trials.

The ribbon shape on the 15.3hh seven-year-old gelding’s rump will be sprayed bright pink as the pair compete in the BE90 section at Great Witchingham. On the ground, Steph’s mother, Pam, will lead a team rattling buckets for Breast Cancer.

“We have entered Great Witchingham and Burnham Market to start with,” said Steph’s mother, Pam. “We will have a strong team on the ground accompanying us to both events, wearing pinks shirts with the Cambridge Breast Unit logo on, and rattling pink buckets.”

Steph and her mother, Pam, are hoping to raise money for the Cambridge Breast Cancer Research Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital — a unit that Pam worked closely with for three years.

Steph is currently doing her AS levels at Norwich School. She is a member of the school’s newly formed equestrian team, and this will be her third season eventing at affiliated level.

The Barn Shop at Royston and North Walsham Saddlery in Norfolk are among several companies who have supported the cause by pledging money.

Steph and Pam hope that by attending these events they will raise awareness of the illness and raise money to help research.

“We are very much hoping that Frankie goes well at the initial two events so that we can make a season of it,” explained Pam.