Rosie Chinery (pictured), the young event rider and point-to-pointer who broke her neck in a fall three months ago, will be back in competition this weekend.
Rosie, 18, will ride in the British novice at a British Show Jumping Association (BSJA) show at Elms Farm, Essex, organised by Finchingfield Riding Club. If that goes well, she may also try the discovery class.
Rosie’s mount will be the six-year-old show jumper Poncz, who came to the family for schooling just before the accident and who they have now bought.
“He was the first horse (as opposed to pony) Rosie was able to ride after her accident because he stands still while she gets on him and is reasonably polite,” said Rosie’s grandmother Teresa Skilton, who posts on the H&H online forum as Rosiefan.
Rosie is also back riding her eventer One Way, with whom she was seventh in the under-21 national championships last year.
“He is quite strong and hasn’t been ridden for a couple of months so he’s a bit of a handful for her at the moment,” said Teresa.
Rosie’s competitive spirit is clearly undented, as Teresa added: “We’re just hoping for a safe enjoyable afternoon [at the show] but knowing Rosie, she’ll go for it.”