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Captain's ramble raises money for Dales rescue volunteers

[Thursday 12 October 2006]

WHILST many of us were busy watching the World Cup back in June, one Yorkshire Dales man and his trusty steed were braving the famously fickle Dales weather and raising money for charity.

As Daelnet reported over the summer (see news), Joe Dodson and his twenty-one year old Clydesdale Shire-horse, Captain, were seeking local people to sponsor their ten mile ride from the Game Fair at Broughton Hall to their home at Strid Wood, between Bolton Abbey and Barden.

captain shire horse

In total the pair raised £709 for the Upper-Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. At the time Joe told Daelnet: "I've seen the rescue teams in action a few times at Bolton Abbey, so I can appreciate just what goes into running the services these volunteer organisations provide."

Joe and captain arrived at Bolton abbey together in 1991 at set to work pulling felled trees from the woods on the Duke of Devonshire's estate. It is now old hat for the pair and their 15th appearance at the Game Fair began with just such a 'timber snigging' display.

£40 was raised on the day by Captain's farrier, Paul Rushton, who asked for donations in return for horse shoes at the Game Fair. A further £100 was raised at Skipton Sheep Day when Captain was plaited up and dressed in best harness and brasses with, of course, a collecting tin hung on his collar.

However, most of the money was raised by the ride home. And despite the day beginning with sunshine; thunder, lightening and torrential rain made the last half of the ride extra interesting, according to Joe, but it didn't stop them calling at the Mason's Arms on the way home for a pint of bitter and a bucket of water!

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