After a rollercoaster year and a Stage IV colon cancer diagnosis, Area I Eventer Jessica Halliday is telling cancer to Buck Off!
Jessica isn’t letting her diagnosis slow her down. She’s remained determined and motivated in true eventer style. A staple of the Massachusetts and Aiken eventing communities, she’s known for her generous attitude and upbeat spirit. Local riders and friends have rallied to support her and she continues to run her business through her treatment.
To lend a hand, Helen Laffitte of Green Hill Sporthorses decided to turn to her own business of selling horses. “In typical Jess fashion, she wouldn’t let us just buy a horse and sell it and give her the money,” Helen explained, so she had to get creative. She decided to raffle off a young Thoroughbred to raise funds for Jessica’s expenses.
Meet Blue. After racing under the Jockey Club name Blue Moon Diamond, the 16-hand, coming 5-year-old found Helen through the organization Second Stride in Kentucky. Aiken Equine kindly donated a vetting and x-rays, and Equi-motion Farrier Service stepped up to sponsor his shoes while he’s being sold. Helen reports that he’s been nothing but dreamy in her barn. He’s been ridden by amateurs and professionals, and begun schooling over fences in the arena and in the cross country field.
OTTB RAFFLE TO SUPPORT #buckoffcancer-Team Jess Green Hill Sport Horses is excited to offer Blue Moon Diamond, a 2014, RRP eligible gelding, sourced from Second Stride, Inc. in a raffle to support JH Eventing. Raffle made possible by the the support of Mitch and Celeste of Aiken Equine Veterinary Associates and Ryan Wicker of Equi-Motion Farrier Service. Blue has a stellar disposition and lovely movement, look forward to more video in the coming weeks!The details: Raffle tickets are $100 each (no limit to how many tickets you can buy), the drawing will be on New Years Eve, and if you win (and do not want to take Blue home immediately) you can receive reduced training from Helen Laffitte in Green Hill Sport Horses's program or with Shannon at Infinity Sport Horse or have either of these programs sell Blue for you. Blue will stay in training this month and will have a prepurchase exam available shortly.Contact Helen Laffitte to purchase raffle tickets, all proceeds to support Jessica Halliday.
Posted by Green Hill Sport Horses on Monday, November 26, 2018
“Jess is the most generous, tenacious, vibrant person and she has had such an impact on the Eventing community in Area 1 and in Aiken,” Helen said. “She has been selfless through all of the treatment and kept a huge business going, smiling through all the pain and frustration.”
Tickets are $100 each, and there is no cap on a number of tickets per person. Tickets will be sold through Dec. 30, with the drawing to be held on Dec. 31. They can be purchased through PayPal to [email protected].
Any questions about Blue or the raffle can be directed to Helen Laffitte (803) 429-7319 or [email protected]
You can also support Jessica by repping some #buckoffcancer gear. Find the online store at this link.
Go Eventing. Go Jessica.