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‘At least I didn’t slip!’ Rider’s extreme bareback jumping raises over £2,300

A rider has raised over £2,300 for testicular cancer research by jumping a stallion as bareback as is possible.

Bruce Langley McKim of Thorpley Stud stripped off to jump his Irish draught stallion Carrigfada Diamond with no tack, himself wearing nothing but a crash hat, on Saturday (5 September).

H&H reported that Bruce had been dared to do the extreme bareback challenge by a friend, and that raising money for cancer research is a cause close to his heart.

He had hoped to raise £1,000, “£500 for each ball”, so was delighted by the total raised so far, on his GoFundMe page and cash donations.

“It was brilliant,” he told H&H.

“I jumped bareback in a halter a couple of times, then did the deed. It was interesting as there was a mirror in the school, which he thought was another stallion. He kept looking over, and obviously thinking ‘oh, he’s not there’; we had to move the fence closer to that end so he could come running back down that side to jump, it was hilarious.

“And at least I didn’t slip and end up as a eunuch.”

Bruce said some of the “blooper” video clips show Carrigfada Diamond chipping in a short stride, and jumping barriers set up by the wings, rather than the fence.

“The insides of my thighs are somewhat tight, from sitting tight!” he said. “But I managed to avoid any contact with the family jewels on his withers.”

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Bruce said when he asked the school’s owner if he could use it, adding afterwards what his lack of attire would be, the owner replied: “That’s fine, as I’ll be out eventing”.

“I think his groom might have seen more than she’d bargained for, but at a distance,” Bruce added. “And my girlfriend gave me a leg up, and said that’s a position she never wants to be in again.

“I’m really pleased to have raised that much, over the moon. I don’t mind what I do, to raise awareness and money; I just don’t know what I’ll do next to top it.”

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