A horse rider has been fundraising for animal welfare charity Brooke – Action for Working Horses and Donkeys by competing in an Eventer Challenge, dressing up as superhero.
Jen Olivier, who lives in Northamptonshire, promised a group of friends that if they raised £100 for Brooke, she would don the spandex outfit at the Aston Le Walls Equestrian Centre Eventer Challenge which took place at Washbrook Farm.
The idea of dressing up as the Marvel superhero came from her recent battle with cancer after her friends nicknamed her Wonder Woman while she struggled bravely through her treatment.
Jen said: “I thought I was more of a 'Deadpool' type of superhero, no hair, eyebrows, eyelashes...like a wrinkly old avocado! Also Deadpool becomes a superhero due to cancer so I thought it was far more fitting.
“I thought that dressing up for a worthy charity would not only give everyone a good laugh but it would help ease the suffering and misery of a working horse or donkey. It's a win win situation.”
Jen now owns seven horses with her husband and competed on Sunday with rescue horse Rocco.
“He had a bad life before me, including some horrible abuse and is a nervous horse but we have built such a strong bond that I know that he will do things for me only because I have asked him to. I believe that is what horsemanship is all about.”
Brooke is an international welfare charity improving the lives of the lives of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on them. Jen’s upbringing in South Africa allowed her to witness first-hand the type of suffering Brooke’s teams see every day.
Jen said: “They suffer so much and it must be a horrible life. I also know the owners have no choice and without their horses or donkeys they and their families will starve.
"It's a terrible situation which I know the Brooke contribute to making easier for all involved and that a little donation can go a long way and really make a difference.”
To donate to Brooke visit www.thebrooke.org/donate