Richard Neumann reports the postponement of the Para Winter Championships. These were due to take place on the 18th – 20th February but have had to be delayed due to the inclement weather.
This was sad news for Richard who learned that he’d qualified for the Championships with both his horses – double celebration! – just 10 years after taking his first steps following the medical prognosis that he’d never walk again. An extraordinary achievement for Richard who had ended up in a wheelchair after a serious injury while playing Rugby.
The Championships may have been postponed but training and preparations must obviously continue and Richard has sent in some videos which show the dedication, determination and commitment required to compete in his sport at the top level. It makes me feel tired just to watch him!
He will keep us updated regarding the revised date for the Para Winter Championships (let’s hope they don’t become the Para Summer Championships!) and in the meantime we wish him success with both his own preparations those of his horses, Smartie (featured), and Otto.
The DBF is immensely proud to support this courageous athlete.
The first two videos show Richard in training with the beautiful Smartie and the remaining 3, the gruelling exercises Richard has to undertake to build and maintain the core strength so important for the rider in dressage. Nothing can alter the unfortunate postponement of the Para Winter Championships, but Richard is certainly doing his best to ensure that he and his 4-legged team mates will be prepared for them when they do finally take place!
To learn more about Bader Grant Recipient Richard’s extraordinary and inspiring journey from wheelchair to horseback, you can follow the link from the Bader Grant Recipients page below. The link will open in a new tab.