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Photo Update from Richard Neumann

Photo Update from Richard Neumann

I was delighted to receive a lovely photo update from Richard Neumann, showing his beautiful horses looking fit, content and ready for action!

Para dressage rider, Richard, has been doing incredibly well since he first approached us for a Bader Grant. He has worked extremely hard on his core strength and practised tirelessly on horseback to overcome the physical issues he was left with following the rugby accident that resulted in him using a wheelchair. For someone who had been told it was likely he’d never walk again following a rugby injury to be riding competitively in such a short time is an incredible achievement and takes huge commitment and determination.

Initially competing on his lovely horse, Otto, who sadly had to be retired and eventually put to sleep when he failed to recover from a painful leg injury, Richard climbed slowly but steadily up the rankings. Since then, partnering the flaxen-maned Smartie, he has improved further and has been registered to compete at Grade V Para Dressage in the FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) rankings. Para-Equestrian Dressage is the only Equestrian discipline included in the Paralympic Games and you can learn more about it by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Richard is fortunate also to have a very talented – and rather mischievous looking! – youngster called Kisper. Kisper is coming on really well and showing great potential for the future, while his first competition horse, a lovely grey gelding called Echo seen in the featured image, is now enjoying a peaceful retirement. (I imagine he’s also probably sending a few words of wisdom and experience Kisper’s way!)

As you’ll be able to tell from this photo update from Richard Neumann, the love he has for all his horses is a joy to see and his empathy and strong bond with them enables the great teamwork that is producing such good results. He has gained hugely in confidence and skill. You can see from previous posts on the DBF website how hard Richard is prepared to work at his physical training to achieve his dream of successfully representing his country at his chosen sport. Having competed at boxing before playing competitive rugby, Richard is used to hard work and overcoming challenges and this will undoubtedly stand him in good stead in his determination to reach the top.

You can see previous posts about Richard and his 4-legged team by checking out the post at the bottom of this page.

 

Photo Update from Richard Neumann
Richard with talented youngster, Kisper

 

Photo Update from Richard Neumann
Richard’s competition horse, Smartie

Check out the heartwarming video below of Richard communing with Kisper who is clearly more than happy!

And Smartie’s turn…

All at DBF wish Richard and his team the best of luck and success throughout this year’s competitions and the future. We are sure he’s got the ability to go to the top!


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