A rider scores a dou­ble pre­lim vic­tory de­spite a loss of vi­sion af­ter suf­fer­ing a per­fo­rated eye.

Horse & Hound - - Dressage - By HE­LEN SCOTT

Wendy Cochran bought her 11-year-old mare Suzie Q as a showjump­ing schoolmistress, but six weeks later Wendy suf­fered a per­fo­rated eye.

“I have an au­toim­mune dis­ease, and this can hap­pen,” ex­plained Wendy. “I woke up one morn­ing and had no sight in that eye, then a few weeks later had a corneal trans­plant. I still have the stitches in and will need to have fur­ther surgery to re­pair the dam­aged lens.

“I couldn’t see enough to jump safely, so we turned to dres­sage and although she’s sharp, she’s proved to be very tal­ented.”

The pair won both pre­lims at York­shire RC.

Wendy, who is a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor, re­lo­cated from Scot­land to York­shire a few months ago, and this was her first com­pet­i­tive out­ing south of the bor­der.

“I do hope to re­turn to showjump­ing when I get full vi­sion back, but will con­tinue with the dres­sage and hope to qual­ify for the re­gion­als at pre­lim and novice,” she added.

Char­lotte Cun­dall, who is on the World Class Podium Po­ten­tial squad as a para rider, won the grade V in­di­vid­ual class at Bishop Bur­ton on Brenda Reddy’s Bam­bam, one of two new rides. The other, Sim­ply Red, a nineyear-old from Den­mark, on loan from the Lady Joseph Trust, has just ar­rived on her yard.

Char­lotte made her para dres­sage name on two ex-event horses — KBIS Star­chaser, for­merly rid­den by Izzy Tay­lor and put to sleep in De­cem­ber, and The Chenko Artist, who is now a nanny to her yard’s young­sters.

“I’m ex­cited for 2018 af­ter the sad­ness of los­ing “Star”, and these two are proper dres­sage horses,” said Char­lotte, who has qual­i­fied Bam­bam, for­merly rid­den by Rob Waine, for the para win­ter cham­pi­onships, and will ride him at PSG at the re­gion­als.

“Bam­bam was rid­den by Natasha Baker early in his ca­reer, then went to an able-bod­ied rider who qual­i­fied him for the re­gion­als be­fore he came to me. I’m in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the sup­port of both horses’ own­ers and hope to com­pete them in­ter­na­tion­ally this year.”

Wendy Cochran wins two pre­lims on Suzie Q af­ter a corneal trans­plant

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