We’re delighted to introduce recent Bader Grant Recipient Jason Inchley.
Jason started riding aged 7 with our local RDA group as therapy for his cerebral palsy.
I took him to watch the London 2012 Paralympic dressage and he then decided he wanted to do what he saw Lee Pearson and Natasha Baker do!! He wasn’t even riding independently at the time.
They have been working hard and competed in their first ever Gold semi finals in June. There they managed to meet the qualifying score to go forwards to the finals and were put on the non travelling reserve list. They were subsequently invited to compete at the Gold Finals due to a withdrawal but we decided that although we were grateful for the opportunity they are not quite ready for this with this being their first year competing at this level.
However, they have just returned from the Para Bronze and Silver Championships held at Hartpury as the Grade 2 Silver champions! It was lovely for them to compete alongside the RDA Grade 7 riders too and we hope that they may have inspired some of them to compete more in the future.
They are hoping for selection to the next 2* International competition at Keysoe in October and have just registered for selection to the World class Podium Potential Pathway squad 2023-2025 too!
Jason said he is very grateful for the help he has had from the Douglas Bader Foundation, which has helped him to train and improve enough this year to compete at Gold level and against the person he watched at London 2012, Sir Lee Pearson!
He hopes that he can continue to improve towards the ultimate goal of competing at the Paralympics one day himself too!
Thank you again for the grant towards Jason’s lessons on Ella. We don’t know how he would of been able to afford them without it. Heather Inchley