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