Fundraising rodeo a fun-tastic success

Animal-loving visitors and student vets joined forces at an annual rodeo to lasso an amazing amount for charity.

The rodeo at Garscube, a carnival affair organised by the second year students at the Glasgow University Veterinary Medicine Association, attracted more than 4,000 people on Saturday.

Five-year-old Hannah Carrigan on Smudge the horse.

Five-year-old Hannah Carrigan on Smudge the horse.

And while numbers were slightly down on previous years those present certainly dug deep, with eight nominated charities set for a bumper boost.

Noelle Schariest, convener of the organising committee, said: ‘‘In addition to all the usual fun we had duck herding, falconry displays and dog sledding displays, everything with an animal theme, as well as inflatable castles and in the main marquee food and craft events.

‘‘We would like to thank our two main sponsors, Burns Pet Nutrition and Vets4Pets Bearsden.’’

Although the exact totals have still be tallied it is hoped the event will have raised more than £11,000 for good causes.

We would like to thank our two main sponsors, Burns Pet Nutrition and Vets4Pets Bearsden.

Noelle Schariest

Among those sharing the cash will be main beneficiaries Guide Dogs Scotland, the Dogs Trust, Cat Protection Glasgow, Trusty Paws Clinic, SAIN, Willows Animal Sanctuary and the Vet fund. A raffle on the day also made money for Riding for the Disabled, and other charities were invited to take stalls at the event to do their own fundraising.

The only disappointment on the day was the planned equine events had to be cancelled. The venue is a working animal hospital and a sick horse was brought in which could have posed a health risk to other equine visitors, so on health and safety grounds their guest appearances had to be cancelled.