A six-year-old rider and his pony have raised more than £1,000 for two good causes after completing an 11-mile hack in memory of his great aunt.
Generous George Brazier rode his 13hh Welsh section C pony Sissy from their home in Stow Bridge to Walton Highway on Wednesday.
The youngster was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of his great aunt Carol Nichols, who died in January.
The daring duo, who were accompanied by George’s mum Stacie Read on her bike, finished their trek at Mrs Nichols’ home in Walton Highway.
They were greeted by Mrs Nichols’ husband Roger, who presented them with a sash and a well earned carrot.
Stacie said: “It could not have gone any better. It took two hours and 45 minutes.
“George was enjoying watching the birds and other wildlife as we went along. He was really excited when Uncle Roger give him a sash at the other end.
“Sissy was happy and just kept going. She enjoyed a carrot and apples at the other end.
“George has already decided that he wants to do another hack next year and I have a feeling that this will become a yearly thing. My aunt would have been proud as she loved horses and ponies.”
George and Sissy are a relatively new team after being together for just six months.
Dedicated George, whose longest hacking distance previously had been six miles, had put in a lot of work in getting Sissy ready for the challenge by competing in a number of shows.
Luckily, the group were able to get a lift back to Stow Bridge.
Stacie said: “I was a bit worried on one road as it was quite busy but Sissy was fine and did not bat an eyelid when an artic lorry went past.”
George and his best friend Sissy’s efforts have raised a fantastic £1,200, which will be split between the Lung Defence Team at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge, and the community nurses at Upwell Surgery.
Family and friends have supported the daring duo but dedicated George had also been collecting money at the gates of Magdalen Village School. Stacie said: “We thought we would be able to make £200 for each charity but to be able to give them £600 each is fantastic.”