FIVE KEY THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SUZANNA
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