Horsey Ladies 2014 committee (from left) Elspeth Manning

Horsey Ladies 2014 committee (from left) Elspeth Manning

Horsey Ladies auction a success

The event at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club attracted 130 women from across the Interior.

The 17th annual Horsey Ladies Okanagan Charity Auction was a success.

The event at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club attracted 130 women from across the Interior.

“Out of curiosity we asked each lady coming through the door how many horses she has,” said Nancy Roman, committee member.

“Collectively we have just over 340 horses.”

The silent auction tables were packed with 58 donated items and more than 80 on the Chinese (ticket) auction tables. The golf course was also holding a toy drive and ladies had the option of bringing gifts and their name be entered in a draw.

“The gifts arrived in abundance,” said Roman.

Ten charities were nominated and/or pitched that evening and the top two vote getters were the Vernon Women’s Transition House (Equine Assisted Therapy Program – Wendy Elrick) and BC SPCA Cruelty Investigations (Constable Kathy Woodward).

“We are pleased to announce, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the ladies bidding, we raised more than $8,600, exceeding last year’s $7,400.”

Once the final tally is in, it will be split equally between the two charities.

This year’s event brings the total fundraising amount to over $65,600 raised.

“The Horsey Ladies is neither a club nor a society; we have no president or bank account. We are just a bunch of gals that get together and meet at Christmas and seek out donations throughout the year,” said Roman, who also thanks all  of the sponsors, who are detailed on the Horsey Ladies Facebook page.

“We thank Kelli and the catering staff at Spallumcheen Golf Course for a tremendous job and taking such good care of us.”