Pitt Meadows show jumper hopes to help her horse

Fundraiser for Archer at the Golden Ears Pub in Pitt Meadows on July 7 at 5 p.m.

Pitt Meadows show jumper Jessica Lovig is hoping to raise money to pay for surgery for her horse

Pitt Meadows show jumper Jessica Lovig is hoping to raise money to pay for surgery for her horse

Archer isn’t your average horse, or so says his owner, 20-year-old Jessica Lovig.

“I’m sure everyone says that about their horse,” she says. “But he’s one of those special horses, he just has such a wonderful personality.”

That’s why when Archer took ill last month, she was afraid she would lose her best friend.

Archer, a 10-year-old Dutch warmblood, has been Lovig’s mount of choice for the past five years.

In 2010, Lovig and Archer won gold and silver medals at the B.C. Summer Games, in the team competition and three-foot-six jumping events, respectively. That same year they finished first at the annual PNE Show Jumping event in Vancouver.

If Lovig could afford to compete regularly, she believes there’s no limit to how far her and Archer could go.

“I’d like to jump at the four-foot level, but it costs a lot of money to do that,” she said.

Lovig is already working three jobs to pay to keep her best friend, so she wasn’t financially prepared when Archer came down with colic last month.

The condition is similar to a stomach ache in humans, but horses can’t vomit, so the problem can be fatal.

After going to the vet and taking in fluids, Archer started to show improvement and came home. But last week, he once again took a turn for the worse and required emergency surgery.

“He had colic five years ago… and it ended up costing us $10,000 for the surgery,” Lovig said.

She hasn’t received the vet bill yet, but expects it run close to $9,000 this time around.

“I had to save his life,” she said. “I do that no matter what.”

Lovig is hoping to raise money to help pay for Archer’s surgery, and is holding a fundraiser at the Golden Ears Pub in Pitt Meadows on July 7 at 5 p.m. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, door prizes, and raffles. Each $20 ticket includes a burger and a beer.

For tickets, or to donate items for the silent auction, call 604-834-3516.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
LETTER: Maple Ridge resident impressed with frontline workers when husband hurt

From police to health professionals, everyone who cared for injured senior deserves praise

Residents of Golf Lane say they are tired of their houses and vehicles being hit by golf balls from the nearby Maple Ridge Golf Course, and worry someone is going to get killed by a wayward drive. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Maple Ridge Golf Course neighbours say they need protection

City willing to explore solutions says director of parks

Former Pitt Meadows city councillor David Murray was convicted of sex assault, and is now being sued by the victim. (files)
Former Pitt Meadows city councillor sued for sex assault

David Murray was convicted in 2017 of sexually assaulting a teen 25 years earlier

Ineke Boekhorst with the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association says Sparkle has been a huge hit with downtown businesses. (The News files)
Maple Ridge business to get free Earth Day window cleaning

Event put on by the Downtown Maple Ridge BIA and Christian Life Assembly

Allen, Mel, and Trevor Leung pose on the Whitecaps field in Vancouver. (Special to The News)
Community rallies to support Maple Ridge man suffering from paralysis, kidney issues

GoFundMe set up to help Allen Leung and his family during difficult times

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

Nick Warmerdam and his dog Diesel are inviting locals to check out the Lakeland Farm U-pick Flower Farm this spring. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford’s Lakeland Flowers opens for spring

Tulip farm attraction opened on April 14, open to the public daily seven days a week

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
RCMP intercept vehicle fleeing with infant taken from Kamloops hospital

The baby was at the hospital receiving life-saving care

The female driver of this Jeep Grand Cherokee (right) was driving erratically with a young child inside on Highway 1 eastbound. After hitting a barrier and a parked car, she finally exited the highway at Yale Road West and came to a stop. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Video captures woman driving erratically with child after hitting barrier, car on Hwy 1 in Chilliwack

Smoke seen coming from SUV as it continues to travel eastbound of shoulder of highway

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Most Read