Paralysed jockey takes on War Horse Ride challenge

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Paralysed jockey takes on War Horse Ride challenge
Paralysed jockey takes on War Horse Ride challenge

A former jockey who was left a paraplegic following a hurdles race fall at Exeter Racecourse will achieve a long held ambition when she rides the War Horse Ride on Dartmoor.

Sarah Gaisford, who was left paralysed from the waist down when she fell during a race at Exeter Racecourse in 2007, will be joined by her lifelong racing hero former jockey Richard Pitman.

Sarah started riding regularly again, and now will embark on the ride thanks to Liberty Trails who provide Dartmoor Riding Adventure Holidays.

Founder of Liberty Trails Elaine Prior said: I’ve always had the deepest respect for Sarah. Her courage is astonishing and when I heard she was riding again, I wanted to offer her the chance to do the ride as it’s an incredible experience across the same stunning scenery made famous by the film War Horse."

Sarah said: "Just to be back riding again on the open moors is something I never thought I’d be doing. Being on a horse gives me a sense of utmost freedom which is food for the soul when you are confined to a wheelchair.

Richard Pitman said: "I know Sarah well from the racing and I was always very taken with her fitness and ability on a horse. It’s fantastic to see her in the saddle again and I’m very much looking forward to riding across Dartmoor with her.

Liberty Trails was set up this year to provide adventure riding holidays on Dartmoor so that experienced riders can enjoy first hand the excitement of riding across the open expanses of Dartmoor.

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