BORDERS MS sufferer Jane Currie left the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) National Championships in Hartpury near Gloucester last week, delighted with the fact that she and the Equibuddy-owned horse Softieb had notched a second place in the canter class, writes Fiona Scott.
It wasn’t until she was heading home to Denholm via Greenlaw (home of Softie), however, that she discovered they had won the freestyle section outright.
She told TheSouthern: “There was a break of a few hours between classes and because I had such long journey back I dismounted quickly following the freestyle, rushed to the prizegiving for my first class, collected my second place rosette and headed off up the road.
“About an hour into the drive my mobile rang and our regional RDA chairperson, Susie Elliot, told me I had won the freestyle class – I was gobsmacked. She told me she was holding two red rosettes and a trophy. I had won the class in my section and also overall.”
Jane was diagnosed with MS 19 years ago and has been riding with the Borders Group RDA at Monteviot, near Jedburgh, since 1998. For the last two-and-a-half months she has been riding Softie, and has been receiving coaching from Jenny Leggate.
At the regional rounds at the Drum in Edinburgh at the end of May, Jane qualified for the national championships.
After a bit of a rocky start, she and Softie got into their stride in their canter class, and – despite launching into a “flying charge” which was corrected quickly – the duo picked up second spot.
In the freestyle, the pair submitted a routine which Jane had originally made up to music, but at the national event soundtracks at not permitted.
Regardless, Jane and Softie gave a powerful performance which, much to her amazement, won them the trophy.
“I think the judge liked the horse – he is the best, after all,” she added. “I continued home on cloud nine and I’m still on that cloud.
“I am so grateful to RDA and Equibuddy for this amazing opportunity and the fantastic work they do with both adults and children.”
To say thank you to the RDA for all their support, Jane is doing a sponsored abseil off Bamburgh Castle on August 28.
Go to http://www.justgiving.com/Jane-Currie to donate.