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Equestrian event held in the memory of Trystan Potter

PUBLISHED: 16:36 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 26 February 2016

Trystan Potter memorial equestrian show at Humberstone Farm on Saturday.
The family of Trystan Potter with their horses.
Trystans mother Dawn Potter and friend Joanne Carlton pictured in the group.

Picture: James Bass

Trystan Potter memorial equestrian show at Humberstone Farm on Saturday. The family of Trystan Potter with their horses. Trystans mother Dawn Potter and friend Joanne Carlton pictured in the group. Picture: James Bass

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It was a day of reflection and riding, as more than 100 people gathered at an equestrian memorial event.

Trystan Potter, 26, took his own life on January 14, 2015, after he suffered from general anxiety disorder.

After his death, Joanne Carlton, who is best friends with Trystan’s mum, Dawn, helped lead the organisation of the equestrian event for charity, which took place at Humberstone Farm in Cobholm.

Mrs Potter was one of many family members who attended the event on Sunday.

She said: “It was absolutely amazing, I cannot say thank you enough to Joanne for her role in organising the day.

“I am still struggling with my son’s death, but I am so overwhelmed about the number of people that came and raised money.”

At the moment it is estimated that £1,600 has been raised, but that figure is still expected to grow.

Part of the money is to go towards the Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide charity, but Mrs Potter is also looking to donate to another charity which prevents people from taking their lives.

She said: “I really want to find a charity that looks at before it happens.

“I mean Trystan had everything, he was fantastic, he was very successful, he was a doctor of science, but we did not know and there was nothing to suggest, that there were any problems with him.

“He tried to go to a few places for advice, but no one helped. I really want to donate some money towards a British charity which helps those people who feel so low, so bad, and to prevent suicide. Because after the event it is too late.”

More than 100 people, including 60 riders turned out for the day of competition.

Funds on the day were raised through sponsorship raised by businesses, as well as a raffle.

Mrs Carlton, said: “There are only so many times you can give someone a hug.

“We have a big group of friends and we wanted to do something for the family, and Dawn is really big into her horses and we thought that having an event for charity would be a really nice thing to do.

“I am really proud at what we have done and how the day went. It was a brilliant day, a really good turn out, and one of the friendliest events that I have ever organised.

“So many people helped us out, from Ivan Vincent who donated us the arena for free, to all the businesses that sponsored a class as part of the event.”

The plan now is to hold the Trystan Potter memorial event every year. Mrs Potter also has plans for further equestrian-related charity events later in the year.

If you are affected by issues in this article, the Samaritans new free helpline number is 116 123.

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