A sad loss for the Cavalcade.

It is with great sadness we acknowledge the recent death of Dawn Pickett, formerly George, and as her death notice read, ‘aged 79 years and 18 Cavalcades’. Dawn was a delightful person who had raised 5 children, worked hard all her life but after falling in love and re-marrying later in life, discovered the Otago Goldfields Cavalcades.  She rode her beloved horse, Shadow, sidesaddle all the way (no mean feat!) on the very first Cavalcade in 1991; hasn’t missed one ever since and was away on rides all over the country mostly every weekend. Shadow was retired from the last 2 Cavalcades with a new horse trained up to replace him.  He died in his paddock at the age of 23 just on a week before Dawn passed away at Dunedin Hospice. Dawn was also on the committee of the Trust for a good many of the earlier years.  Her smiling face, warm chuckle and endearing ways will be very sadly missed. Our loving thoughts go to her darling Noel and the George and Pickett families.

Roberta Laraman.

Photos thanks to Kylie Pape

13 thoughts on “A sad loss for the Cavalcade.

  1. Dawn is a wonderful inspiration. She was always smiling. A very special lady. She will be sadly missed. My condolences to her family.

  2. My condolenses to the families of Dawn.
    what an amazing lady. I rode on many Cavalcades and treks with Dawn and we all know what an inspiration Dawn was to us all. Certainly hope I can follow in her footsteps and be in those mountains at her age also.Both her and Shadow will surely be missed by many!!!!!! As Chrissy said = they be riding together in the sky – reunited.

  3. Dawn will always have a special place in my heart as a kind amazing lady who inspired so many of us to continue to do what we enjoy doing even when its not always easy. Dawns optimisim is something to aspire to.
    Ride Free Dawn and Shadow xxoo

  4. A very sad loss but what a wonderful person Dawn was I was so pleased when she picked Sam from us he is so like his mum! Dawn and Shadow will be riding together again in a very special place.

  5. Thank you all for your heartfelt messages. Mum liked nothing more than getting out in the hills with the horses and the wonderful people. She was fiercely independent but I know that many looked out for her and unobtrusively helped her achieve her goals. A big thanks to you all. garrygeorge@gmail.com

  6. Dawn was one of the most inspirational ladies I have ever been fortunate enough to meet, and to see her on Shadow was a beautiful thing. May you be reunited forever.

  7. Dawn was ALL CLASS and a LADY, what a mentor!! Many of us will be forever looking up to her & her mount Shadow (a gentleman).
    Love & friendship always

  8. Dawn was a courageous lady and an inspiration to us all. I’m glad our paths in this life crossed on the Cavalcade and so to have known her. Rest in peace, Dawn.

  9. I have sat with a heavy heart until i saw Kylie’s photo’s of Dawn. We have had the privilege and pleasure of riding with Dawn for the last four or so years and will miss that cheeful,cheeky smile. May you gallop on with your Shadow Dawn. Love from us in Oamaru. xx

  10. I have very fond memories of Dawn, a great lady who was a pleasure to ride with. An inspiration, I can only hope that I am still riding in my 70’s like her. My condolences to her family and her friends. Ride on Dawn, it was a privilege to know you.

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