Surprised Carlton residents were greeted by a procession of 47 pink-clad horses last Saturday which made its way through the village.
The sponsored ride was organised by Rhodesia woman Tracey Hopkinson who wanted to raise money for breast cancer charity.
“I’ve done the Race For Life before and I just thought it would be a good idea to try something different,” said Tracey, 44. “After putting a notice up at Holme House Farm where I go riding I had an overwhelming response. First there were 20 names, then 30, then 40. It just grew and grew.”
“I decided we should all dress in pink in support of breast cancer because it’s something that affects a lot of people,” she added.
Both Tracey’s mother and grandmother have been touched by the disease.
“The ride was just fantastic and everyone got into the spirit of things and made the effort to dress up.”
It wasn’t just the riders who piled on the pink. The horses wore pink leg warmers and feather boas too.
The procession started at Holme House Farm on Owday Lane, between Carlton and Woodsetts. It went along the cross country course toward Wallingwells and on to Long Lane. A police escort then accompanied the party along High Road and on to Church Lane where they rejoined the bridleway.
Sponsorship money is now pouring in and Tracey hopes to raise around £3,000.
“It was such a success we’ll probably do it again next year,” she said.
You can make a donation by going to www.justgiving.com/tracey-hopkinson