Great start to Richard Neumann’s year

News from Richard Neumann

We’re delighted to report a great start to Richard Neumann’s year.

Para Dressage rider, Richard Neumann qualified for the Equissage Pulse Para Winter Championships in February and has gone from strength to strength since then.

Richard has been competing on Smartie while Otto was out of action and they formed a winning partnership. As you will have seen in a previous post, the pair were selected to participate in the Para Home Internationals, where they got a 3rd and are now on course to compete at Hartpury in September.

Following the great start to Richard Neumann’s year, he recently notified us that he and Smartie have just qualified for an able bodied festival, the Summer Area Festival. This is an extraordinary achievement for someone who suffered a very serious injury playing rugby and was told by doctors that he’d probably never walk again, He defeated that prognosis and then, just 6 years ago, took up riding and the rest, as they say, is history! With the sheer determination that got him walking again, he learned to ride and is now being invited to compete in National Championships. We are so proud to have been able to support Richard in his quest and to honour his courage and commitment through the Bader Grant Scheme.

Richard is very excited to have taken on a young horse, Kisper, who he describes as having huge potential. Just approaching 3, Kisper is full of youthful high spirits and a real character as you can see from the videos.

We wish Richard and his beautiful team the best of luck and success in their ongoing challenges.

Below are some videos of Kisper simply expressing the joy of being alive! A treat for us all.

(amazing the fun you can have with a tuft of grass – a horse with a sense of humour, I’d say!)

And also the lovely Kisper showing his potential with an effortless natural jump over poles in the arena. A star in the making…

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