'A Really Special Thing' - Jonty Evans raises £500,000 through crowd funding to buy Cooley Rorkes Drift

Written by Thursday, 10 August 2017 13:43
Jonty and Cooley Rorkes Drift. Badminton 2017. Jonty and Cooley Rorkes Drift. Badminton 2017.

He did it! British eventer, Jonty Evans, began fundraising in July to buy Cooley Rorkes Drift AKA 'Art', the horse he rode at the Rio Olympics in 2016 after its owner put it up for sale.

"I am lost for words and so, so grateful to everyone who donated, I just can't believe it.
"This was my last and final choice, and I didn't really think it could be done.

"I'm a blithering wreck, I can't believe how people have helped.

“The fact that Art is going to stay with us now and this will be his forever home is a really, really, really special thing. People have done it for us.”

"The momentum in the first 24 or 48 hours was unreal, and I thought 'can this happen?' Then of course it slowed a bit, then there were the two larger donations and we crossed the line. It's unreal.
"The prospect of the horse now staying here and being able to continue our partnership - it's incredible that people have made this happen.
"We've had contributions for donations from all around the world and without doubt people have taken the horse and me a bit to their hearts.

"The horse's performances at Rio and at Badminton have shown that he is a top class horse and the rest is about the relationship and the partnership and people have really taken that to their hearts."

Evans now hopes to compete in the European championships.

"The big deal for us is prepare us for next year for Badminton and this will hopefully be a good event for us.

"Then at the end of next year, the world games in America (FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in North Carolina) and the future - looking towards Tokyo and the Olympic games."

He added that there was "no way" Art would be sold in the future.

"Hopefully one of the big feelings around the campaign was that Art was here just into his fifth year, and he will stay here forever. He won't go anywhere."

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