Injured jockey to take part in “War Horse” ride

A former jockey who was paralysed in a race-riding fall is to take part in a “War Horse Ride” on Dartmoor this weekend.

Sarah Gaisford was left paralysed from the waist down following a fall during a hurdles race at Exeter racecourse in 2007. The ride takes in the scenery featured in the Hollywood film War horse.

As a jockey Sarah rode 50 point-to-point winners and 14 under Rules. After her accident she thought her life with horses was over.

But this year Sarah started riding regularly again, and now will embark on the War Horse Ride. Accompanying her on the ride will be former jockey Richard Pitman, and the ride is in association with 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 regularly again, I wanted to offer her the chance to do the ride. 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. It will be amazing to be back on Dartmoor riding where they actually filmed War Horse.

“To do the ride with Richard Pitman is incredible. He’s someone I really admire and I can’t thank Liberty Trails enough for providing me with the experience. I also can’t thank the Injured Jockeys’ Fund enough for all the help and support they have given me.”