Pitsmoor’s Olympic Bid

Ryan On Trigger
Ryan On Trigger

Story: Gaby Spinks | Photos:Annie Mason

The Special Olympics GB National Summer Games taking place from 25th - 31st July, will host the 21 sports on the Special Olympic programme. Training hard for the Equestrian event at the High Hopes Riding for the Disabled centre, based at Rockley Abbey Farm near Barnsley, is Pitsmoor boy Ryan Martinwood, aged 14 with his horse Trigger.

High Hopes, run by Marjorie Shepperd's team of volunteers, coordinates the Dearne Valley Olympic Team and has 10 horses which they use. Ryan, one of 6 riders from Yorkshire & Humberside competing this year, takes part in the Dressage and Countryside knowledge tests where he and his horse will have to ride certain set routines and tasks.

Ryan's mother Kate said that Ryan, who has optic nerve hyperplasia, has been riding at High Hopes since he was 5 years old. "Riding is really good for building physical skills, balance, coordination and confidence, especially for people with a disability."

Other parents agreed that after riding, their children were much more confident and outgoing.

The Messenger wishes Ryan and the rest of the team all the best for the Olympics.

The Opening Ceremony is at Walkers Stadium in Leicester on Saturday 25th July, 6.30pm (Gates open 5.30pm). Different events are held in venues across the city. Details from www.sol2009.com

High Hopes always needs volunteers. You don't need to be able to ride just be happy working with horses and young people with disabilities and special needs. Contact Marjorie on 07900 534 512.

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