Katie, an individual we support at Cerrig Cornel, discovered her love for horses and horse riding when initially she was supported 1:1 by staff (who were keen horse riders themselves) to attend ‘Riding for the Disabled Association’ (RDA) event back in 2013. Shortly after attending the event Katie became confident enough to ride and complete the activity herself without support. She also started volunteer work at the centre by helping with mucking out and grooming the horses whilst also supporting others in the grounds.
With a lot of training and dedication to her horse riding lessons (staff supported her to and from the centre) Katie this year became the National Champion of Great Britain at the Disabled Association Championships at Hartpury. The champion horsewoman was joined by four of her club mates, all of whom are members of the Meirionnydd Special Riding Group, who all placed in the top 10 of Britain’s disabled riders. The local charity, which provides riding and horse care opportunities for those with additional needs in Dwyfor and Meirionnydd, had riders representing North Wales for the 10th year in a row. Katie’s success was particularly noteworthy as 12 months ago she was unable to ride due to deterioration in her cerebral palsy causing her severe discomfort.
Katie’s family also supported her on the day, and were extremely proud to see Katie succeed and her confidence grow since moving into Cerrig Cornel.
Katie said she is ‘over the moon’ and proud of her achievement, she enjoyed the experience and would like to do it again in the future. She also said she is happy that she made her RDA coach proud.
Katie begins volunteering again in September.
To read more about RDA visit - http://www.rda.org.uk/