Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Disadvantaged rider storms to success in showjumping

“A TOTAL gamble” is what Sarah Peters took when she agreed and signed the contracts to run Cane End Stud

“A TOTAL gamble” is what Sarah Peters took when she agreed and signed the contracts to run Cane End Stud in September 2011 — but she says the gamble is paying off.

Sarah has one daughter, 12-year-old Ellie, who suffers from Aspergers syndrome, dyslexia and cognitive short-term memory loss — but despite this she has turned out to be a competent horsewoman.

Ellie was born in Lincolnshire weighing a little more than 1lb, but as she grew, mum Sarah soon realised she had an affinity with horses and a talent for riding.

Ellie, who has to recognise showjumping courses by colour and design of jumps, has just qualified for the Chiltern and Thames Rider showjumping championships — not once, but twice.

On Saturday, August 17 she won the 2ft 9in on her horse Carousel Quest, as well as the 3ft 3in in a record time of 19.4 seconds at Checkendon Equestrian Centre.

Sarah said: “The whole team were over the moon at Ellie’s success, and I knew I did the right thing in selling our home to raise funds in order to move to Cane End Stud, where she trains hard.”

This latest result puts Ellie top of the Checkendon summer championship leader board.

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