I had my first riding lesson at 6yrs old and from the moment I climbed aboard that fluffy white stead I was smitten. From that day on I would ride regularly, saving up all my shiny gold coins until I could afford to purchase a four-legged beast of my very own.
My competitive career kicked off in the show ring but my heart always belonged galloping flat out across country & soaring over natural fences. Over the years I’ve had a few near misses; a nasty rotational fall caused significant damage to my spine resulting in months of rehabilitation, this never deterred me and I was back hurtling over ditches and hedges the minute I was able.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with Dystonia, an incurable neurological movement disorder. My legs, arms, and neck are affected, as is my balance, co-ordination and motor skills. As the disease progresses my body is a lot less obliging than it used to be, getting back in the saddle and regaining my balance is something I’ve had to work hard at.
Most people in my position would be content at just being able to ride, but for me it’s not enough, I miss the electrifying buzz and nervous energy of a competition arena.
Follow me as I enter the world of Para Dressage and aim for selection to represent my country at national and international level.
No one said it would be easy, but I love a challenge!