32 year old, mother of two, Caroline Wareing, suffered a nasty fall in the show ring at the Staffordshire County Show. Caroline, from Thistleton (Lancs) was riding her 4 year old, Whalton Pearly Queen in the Novice Show Hack class, when the horse appeared to be startled by something and slipped, losing her balance and going over backwards onto Caroline. She explains:
“I had this horse from a foal and she was beautifully quiet and impeccably behaved in the ring. Two weeks previously, I had won the Novice Show Hack class at Windsor and she subsequently qualified for HOYS (with Robert Walker). She didn’t do anything wrong at The Staffordshire and it is the sort of accident that could happen to any rider at any time.
“I was really stuck and it was a fellow show rider, Lucy Fisher, who suggested I speak to The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund. They were a life saver, offering to support me through my early physio and helping me to start saving for an FES (Functional Electronic Stimulation) bike, the equipment which has been helping to put Claire Lomas on the road to recovery.
Caroline went through FES treatment last August which proved successful in stimulating the nerves and muscles and bodes well for her long term rehabilitation using a FES bike. It has given her fresh hope that she can get back into the saddle soon and has ambitions to compete in para-dressage and ultimately to complete a New York Marathon on wheels.