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

8 thoughts on “A sad loss for the Cavalcade.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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
    Loren

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