FIVE KEY THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SUZANNA

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1 Suzanna evented up to CCI2* level un­til a rid­ing ac­ci­dent in 2012 left her with life-chang­ing in­juries, in­clud­ing a head in­jury and her spinal cord dis­placed. She still misses event­ing and jump­ing fences.

2 The re­cov­ery process meant months and months in hos­pi­tal, in­clud­ing a re­lapse on Christ­mas Day 2012 af­ter catch­ing a bug her body wasn’t strong enough to fight. She’s had nine op­er­a­tions in all.

3 De­ter­mined to ride again, Tipu Aziz, pro­fes­sor of neu­ro­surgery at the John Rad­cliffe in Ox­ford, gave Suzanna a life­line by im­plant­ing a stim­u­la­tor into her spine.

4 She was winched onto the back of a horse at Lake­field Rid­ing for the Dis­abled two years af­ter her ac­ci­dent. She says that mo­ment turned her life around. Al­though she still suf­fers a lot of pain, at­tend­ing the gym and do­ing sport helps her stay fit and strong. “Swim­ming helps with pain and feels nice,” she says.

5 Win­ning three gold medals at the 2017 Euro­pean Para Dres­sage Cham­pi­onships was a spe­cial mo­ment. That horse, Abira, is be­ing aimed at this year’s World Eques­trian Games and Suzanna is on the hunt for a Tokyo Par­a­lympics 2020 con­tender.

Suzanna and her beloved Abira

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