Jenny started with Burcott RDA following a tragic accident whilst point-2-pointing at Larkhill.
She was a champion lady jockey - following her accident, and resultant brain damage, she was in a coma for 3 months.
Jenny came to us having completely lost the ability to balance, walk or talk. She started whilst still in hospital, with only about 5 mins on a horse, but this was a powerful part of here recovery, as riding horses was a big part of her identity. Over many years Jenny worked hard with the group, and got stronger and stronger. From having 3 helpers (a leader and 2 side helpers) she went on to ride independently. Jenny always enjoyed a challenge when it came to horses, so RDA has been the best possible therapy for her!
She got to the point that she could start competing, and took part in a big display at the Bath & West show, loving the fact that her horse was being a bit 'naughty'!
Currently Jenny is doing carriage driving because Burcott RDA no longer has a horse that is suitable she is doing well, and horses will never not be a part of Jenny's life!!
Born with a foreshortened leg, Jack had a lot of challenges as he was growing up. From difficulties with mobility to the pain his prosthetic leg caused. He spent a lot of time in a wheelchair.
When he was 5 he started riding with Burcott Riding for the Disabled. He attacked this new challenge with gusto, and soon became the group's champion, winning many trophies and rosettes. The pain and difficulties caused by his prosthetic leg continued to plague him, and when he was 17 he made the brave decision to have part of the leg amputated to make the attachment easier. He also decided to not use a prosthetic that tried to look like a 'real' leg but opted for the more robotic option, that definitely had 'go faster stripes!'
Sport became Jack's 'thing' and he did very well in many spheres including basketball, rowing and javelin. His other passion was working out at the gym. Earning money (and muscles!) along the way. He started to do some acting, and also played parts in army training as 'the wounded'. He also worked as as a night support worker in a hostel for homeless young people. He was an inspiration to the youngsters there. The most wonderful role model – selling the message 'Life is what you make it!' - his determination and grit making others question their own feelings of discontent. (He was also hotly fancied by all the girls!)
Jack went to college, and worked towards making sport his career. Ultimately becoming a personal trainer, where again he is an inspiration to all. During this journey Jack was honoured to be asked to be part of the opening ceremony for the London Para – Olympics! Spinning high above on wires in various guises he kept all that know him spellbound. Currently Jack is competing in a Models of Diversity competition, and is doing very well in the rounds so far campaigning against discrimination.
He has overcome diversity and is an inspiration to all that know him. A wonderful young man!
Jack featured in Access Magazine click here
Stephen came to us from local junior school to ride, loved it so much he went on to choose working with horses as his work experience placement, and then for his career!!!