It isn’t so many months ago that Annie Waterson had no experience of horse riding whatsoever.
Now the six-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has become the youngest ever rider to qualify for a national championship.
The little girl had first climbed into the saddle because it was believed the activity might help to improve her movement.
But family and friends were bowled over by just how much Annie took to the sport and next month she will be competing in the Disabled Association’s National Championships.
“Her physio recommended riding and she only started in December, but she took to it like a duck to water,” said Annie’s father Karl. “She’s always been into horses and it is making a real difference to her core muscles.”
The Unicorn Centre, in Hemlington, hopes to have a number of riders take part in the championships, but admits it will need to raise £2,500 to fund the costs attached to attending the three-day event.
Christie Beadle, the centre’s acting manager, said: “We’ve had riders qualify for the National Championships for 13 years and we’re so proud of their achievements.
“In the past people have been really generous donating towards the costs and it would be great if we could raise enough again this year to help these talented riders succeed. They’re training so hard and really want to go to the championships.”
“I’m appealing personally to everyone in the community to help us by making a small donation towards our costs. Otherwise we are facing the appalling possibility that all our qualifiers may not being able to attend this world status event.”
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