A professional, Buckinghamshire groom is attempting to enter the Guinness Book of Records by organising the biggest ever ‘Clipathon’ – clipping a mammoth number of 100 horses in a mere 12 hours. The event is to raise awareness and funds for mental health charity Mind.
Katy Barr, was moved to act following the tragic death of 14-year-old, Bradley John, who earlier this year took his own life after being bullied. The St John Lloyd’s pupil was a young and aspiring Huntsman and was already well known on the hunting field as the ‘Whipper-In’ of the Three Counties Bloodhounds, alongside his father.
The Big Mind ‘Clipathon’ is aiming to raise funds while increasing awareness of an issue that has become increasingly prevalent in all sectors of society. These issues are paramount within the agricultural industries as suicide rates amongst farmers are some of the highest. Earlier this year, a report released by the Office of National Statistics showed that on average one farmer commits suicide every week in the UK alone. Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that tragically, suicide is the single largest killer of men between the ages of 20 and 49 in England and Wales and one in every fifteenth person will attempt suicide at some point in their life.
Katy Barr, 28, had the ‘Clipathon’ idea after organising a smaller version of the event last year, this time with the funds going to cancer charity, Macmillan, after losing a friend to pancreatic cancer.
“I can’t run, I can’t swim, and I don’t like following the norm, but I can clip horses. So I set myself the target to clip as many horses as I could in 12 hours. I managed 11 in 11 hours but after sustaining a kick I had to stop,” said Katy.
However, after seeing the chilling statistics of how suicide is becoming a national epidemic and hearing of the death of Bradley John, Katy felt that she wanted to try again. With the blessing and full support of Bradley’s family, she decided to go bigger and better.
“With the help of some equally mad friends, we are attempting the 2nd Clipathon, and this year it’s going to be HUGE. Ten people, 12 hours and a seemingly impossible target of 100 horses. We are aiming for a World Record, and to raise as much money for a charity many of us have needed at some point in our lives.
“No one should ever feel alone, feel like they can’t talk their problems through or that there is no end to what’s happening to them. If we can help just one person by doing this, we’ll be happy.”
Katy is hoping to raise more than £2,000 for MIND, with donations being accepted through Just Giving, sending a text to 70070 stating CLIP98£ and your donation, or in person on the day of the event. The general public are welcome to come and show their support at Addington Manor Equestrian Centre on the 3rd of November to enjoy the day with refreshments and the opportunity to bid in the silent auction.
Donations and further information can be found at:
Katy’s Just Giving Page