A little about me
In 1991 I damaged my right leg in a riding accident – my foot was caught in the stirrup and I was dragged through fields before becoming free. As a result of the extensive damage to my lower leg I now have limited mobility from the knee down and very reduced sensation. I spent several years re learning to walk again and found it hard to imagine riding again. In 2012/13 I underwent several further operations including amputations on my left hand which have now left me with weakness and nerve damage to left hand.
Riding and horses were my life and the injuries weren’t going to keep me out of the saddle for long and in 2004 I became a para showjumper and started doing rider demos for the RDA. As a grade 3 para showjumper I’ve travelled abroad for several years with Handi Sport , competing in France at the Bordeaux CSI and also Vimory Chevillion at Tgere shows with wins and placings.
In the early years we competed on borrowed horses which were allotted to us a few days before the competition but now as Para sport has become more well-known we compete on our own horses and travel abroad with them.
Now in last 2 years I have started para dressage which has really opened up my network of friends and given me a new outlook on training to great success, winning the RDA National Championships in 2016 and I have represented England for 2 years now at the para home international.
2017 was a tough year for me as I was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a few operations but I am hoping to put that behind me soon to continue my dressage and jumping and see where 2018 takes us.
Next month I will introduce you to the Horses that make all of this possible…..