Ribble Valley horsewoman to tackle charity trek in India

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FATE dealt passionate horsewoman Lisa Murdock a lucky hand when she saw a chance to take part in a riding adventure of a lifetime.

When Lisa read an article about a 150-mile charity desert trek in India she wanted to take part to mark her 50th birthday. But, as she had just read about the adventure in an old copy of British Horse magazine, she thought all the places would be filled.

Lisa, who grew up in Langho and had her first riding lesson aged three, said: “I rang the head office and was told there was one place left so it was meant to be. I was excited about the trip without really knowing what it entailed but it will be a challenge of a lifetime.”

The trek will take place in Rajasthan, North India, which is semi-desert. Lisa and nine other people taking part will ride the Marwari horse, descended from the war horse that served ruling families and warriors.

The challenge starts on October 16th and lasts 10 days. Lisa is in the process of raising £3,000 for the trip and fund raising for two charities, the British Horse Society and East Lancashire Hospice, a cause close to her heart as her friend Sandra Thomas was cared for there before her death a couple of years ago.

Lisa said: “We will be covering 150 miles in five days. The first night when I arrive I will be staying as a princess in a palace, after that its all downhill as I will be camping out in the desert and fields and the temperature will be between 33 – 38 during the daytime and 25 in the night! This is going to be difficult taking into account my attire which will be hat, jodhpurs boots and long sleeves!”

A pastoral liaison officer at Longridge High School and neighbouring St Cecilia’s RC School, Lisa has owned and worked with horses all her life, enjoying show jumping, working hunter and cross country. She now exercises and helps out at Osbaldeston.

Now living in Lammack with her partner, Jack Ricioppo, and 15-year-old son Benjamin, Lisa has lived all over the Ribble Valley. She has started a rigorous training regime to get fit for the challenge and her workouts include swimming, walking, cycling, Zumba and Pilates.

The fund raising is also continuing in earnest with equestrian themed table top sales planned and a 50th birthday bash at which Lisa will ask for donations for the charities instead of gifts.

Lisa added: “I know it is going to be a spectacularly hard challenge but I love horse riding and I am really looking forward to that. I just hope I can cope with the heat!”

Lisa has also set up two justgiving pages where you can donate online.

For East Lancs Hospice donations please go to www.justgiving.com/lisa-murdock or text NAGG50 £2.00 to 70070. For The British Horse Society donations please go to www.justgiving.com/ridingwithkings or text RWKR50 £2.00 to 70070. Any items for donation to the table top sales can be made at tackandtat@hotmail.co.uk or mobile 07845 798 117 to arrange pick up.