2 years ago today I had a ‘bad fall’ riding cross country in the Intermediate at Little Downham BE. Unlike most falls I couldn’t get up, brush it off and go home feeling frustrated, sore or embarraceded, I was airlifted to Addenbrookes hospital where I recieved medical care that saved my life. Severe traumatic brain injury left me unable to talk, taste, move or process information. I look back now, feel lucky and laugh at the fact post traumatic amnesia meant I can’t remember being re-taught how to do the most basic daily activities.
Doctors repeatedly told me that I would not get back to uni, and I was unlikely to return to the saddle, even in the long run. This set me back, but also gave me a goal – could I prove them wrong!? 2 years later I’ve done exactly that, my KEP helmet and their medical support was essential though.
3 months after my accident I resumed university (having taken first year exams the week before my accident) and 6 months after my accident I got back in the saddle. The event/dressage season that followed was my most successful to date, which felt like the ultimate reward for all the effort put into my recovery. Never stops believing that anything is possible, dreams do come true! Nova and I finished 3rd at the 6 year old young horse championship, champion at the British Dressage Youth Inter-County and Inter-Regionals, and reserve champion at the Home International, with many more wins along the way.
I have now finished my Business Economics university degree and look forward to focusing on horses; offering livery, lessons and riding as lockdown eases.