August 28, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Linzi and her Horse - Credit Janet ONeil.jpgDespite battling with a rare genetic condition herself, horse lover Linzi O’Neil, 27, from Tayport, Fife is an avid fundraiser. She’s selflessly raised over £20,000 for various charities and continues to do this. So when Radio Clyde 2’s Robin Galloway Breakfast Show asked for help making her Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) wish come true, the wheels were put in motion to make it happen.  

Linzi mother, Jean, nominated her daughter for the Scottish station’s “Win a Wish” promotion, which surprises and rewards deserving people. Jean explained how her daughter’s condition, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, affects her connective tissue; causing severe pain and dislocations, and how she had recently suffered intestinal failure. She went on to point out how her daughter never complains and continues to raise money for others, regardless of her own circumstances.

Jean wished for Linzi to be “treated like a princess” for the weekend, so the HOYS team was delighted to be able to help make this a reality.

Linzi was surprised by a phone call from HOYS organiser Grandstand Media Ltd’s MD, Helena Pettit, who broke the fantastic news to her.

Helena said: “When we heard about Linzi’s story we knew we wanted to do something special for her, so we put together a special package for this year’s Horse of the Year Show to give her a once-in-a-lifetime experience she would never forget.

“We have organised for Linzi and her mother, Jean, to spend the weekend at the Show, where Linzi can watch magnificent equine displays and quality sporting action from some of the top riders in the world. She’ll be meeting with famous riders, enjoying shopping in the famous HOYS retail village and then retire to bed in an on-site hotel.

“We are very much looking forward to meeting with Linzi, and she will take home some precious memories to treasure forever.”

To listen to the telephone call, click here.

Tickets for HOYS 2014 are now on sale. For show information, including the show timetable, and to book, visit or call 0844 581 8282.





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