Call­ing all wimpy rid­ers!

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I have a goal – to com­plete a BE80 by the end of the year with my horse, Ozzie, a six-year-old tra­di­tional cob stal­lion. I also have a 10-year-old mare, called Tifa, but she’s too much of a live wire for BE80 just now. I had a nasty fall when jump­ing a few years back, so Ozzie and me are slowly build­ing our con­fi­dence back up to­gether so we can achieve our goal. We’ve got to 55cm, which is a big deal for us. Be­fore I would have had a panic at­tack jump­ing a 5cm cross-pole! I’m ac­tu­ally tak­ing part in the Wob­ble­ber­ries Chal­lenge (www.wob­ble­ber­ries.com), which is an op­por­tu­nity for mid­dle-aged, wimpy rid­ers to com­pete at a BE80 by au­tumn 2017. Wob­ble­ber­ries aims to raise money for Will­berry the Won­der Pony in mem­ory of Han­nah Fran­cis, an 18-year-old event rider di­ag­nosed with bone can­cer in May 2015, who then died in Au­gust 2016. My BE80 is part of that chal­lenge and I’d en­cour­age any­one who’s feel­ing a bit wimpy about cer­tain as­pects of rid­ing to get in­volved. It’s a great way of boost­ing your mo­ti­va­tion and con­fi­dence. Emma Dick­in­son-Gater, Lan­cashire

Emma with her live wire mare, Tifa

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