We’re always delighted to be kept updated by our Bader Grant Recipients but, sadly, some news is not as welcome as others.
Grant Recipient Richard Neumann, Para Dressage Rider, updated us with very mixed news. He reported with great sadness that he’d had to have his beloved horse, Otto, put to sleep after a long but ultimately unsuccessful fight to get him sound. Otto had already been retired from competition because of lameness but the hope was to get him fit enough to return to the field and live out a peaceful, comfortable and happy retirement. Sadly, an MRI scan revealed that this would not be possible.
Otto had played a very special part in Richard’s life, partnering him on his quest to become a successful Para Dressage rider when he’d been told that, following a serious spinal injury playing Rugby, he’d never walk again. Richard was determined to prove this prognosis wrong and not only started to walk again but with his determined fighting spirit kicking in, decided to give riding a go. He found that he had a real aptitude for it and Otto was the horse who helped him start to prove that in competition; his loyal and very beautiful partner as they steadily began to climb up the rankings.
Otto’s stablemate, Smartie, has stepped in to fill Otto’s shoes and he and Richard have formed a good and trusting partnership but Otto will never be forgotten.
On a happier note, and much thanks is due to his early partnership with Otto, we are proud and delighted to hear that Grant Recipient Richard Neumann has just been selected to represent England at the home internationals again. he is hopeful of getting to represent Great Britain by the end of the year. We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing this courageous competitor success in achieving this goal. His determination and talent has got him this far so the sky’s the limit! We’ll keep you updated with his progress so watch this space!
Check out Richard’s Facebook Page via the link below to see his happy and healthy horses living their best lives. Hopefully Otto is kicking his heels up and enjoying pastures new somewhere on the other side…
Links (will open in new tabs):
- Richard Neumann Facebook
- Find out more about Richard’s achievements from previous posts on the DBF Website