Colonial Clydesdales and The Nationals WA partner for Pageant

Pretty in pink: Colonial Clydesdales owner Emma Iddison, with sons Bailey Rossiter riding Big Jack and Ethan Rossiter holding Little Jack. Photo: Kim Fiegert.
Pretty in pink: Colonial Clydesdales owner Emma Iddison, with sons Bailey Rossiter riding Big Jack and Ethan Rossiter holding Little Jack. Photo: Kim Fiegert.

The Colonial Clydesdales will participate in this year’s Christmas Pageant for the first time since 2015, making a special donation to Breast Cancer Care WA with the support of Roe MP Peter Rundle and The Nationals WA.

Motivated by a desire to give back this festive season, Colonial Clydesdales owner Emma Iddison said the pair chose the charity for the personalised emotional, practical and financial care it offered those affected by breast cancer.

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“It is such a great organisation that does so much to support people with breast cancer,” she said.

“It just has an effect on so many people’s lives.

“It’s a cause that we believed we could help that has helped so many people’s lives.”

Ms Iddison said the Esperance-based business chose four charities and organisations to donate their time to annually, including Rural Aid, Buy A Bale and Condingup Primary School in 2018, to bring the joys of the horses to the community for a good cause.

“We work with lots of different sponsors,” she said.

“It was an opportunity that came up and we had that joint objective to donate the money to that organisation.

“We like to take the joy of our horses to the local community but, this way, it’s sort of a double-edged sword – we’re able to have the horses in the pageant, and people love seeing them, and we can sort of donate money to a good cause as well.

“It’s great to be able to do it and it’s a time of the year where it is particularly nice to be involved with your community.”

Member for Roe Peter Rundle said the cause was one particularly close to his heart and said he was looking forward to visiting the Esperance region for the pageant.

The Colonial Clydesdales are the last remaining working Clydesdale team in Western Australia.

For those who wish to make a donation, Colonial Clydesdales will be accepting donations on the day.

Ms Iddison could not confirm whether the horses, both named ‘Jack’, would be donning pink for the special occasion – so be sure to keep an eye out!

The annual Esperance Christmas Pageant on Dempster Street and Andrew Street will begin from 3.30pm on Sunday, December 9.