The 12 years I spent training blind Anne Cecilie Ore from the Norwegian Parateam gave me a lot of inspiration. She learned a lot from me, but I am sure I learned just as much from her through our daily based work. For her and many of her competitors nothing is impossible – it is only a matter of surmounting the obstacles.
Nothing is impossible – it is only a matter of surmounting the obstacles.
When I am teaching, I like initially to take the time to assess the current levels of both the horse and his rider. Then together we can work towards attainable goals. Results take time to produce and some things need more time. Most important is that you are all having fun on the way. Though all the years working with Anne Cecilie I have got to know lots of lovely people within the Parasport. They all have their issues that they work on and there has been a lot of learning in it for me. We went to 3 World Championships and the Paralympics in London – where sadly our horse went lame. In 2014 I went to the World Championship in Caen, France with my own horse ” Ballantine” . Vera Lucia Mazzilli competed with him successfully there for Brazil and they bought him at the end of the championship. Together they represented Brazil at the Paralympics in Rio 2016. I was pleased to be asked to spend three weeks with the team which all added to my own learning and understanding of the requirements of a para rider.