Paraplegic former jockey looking for riding support on the Liberty Trails Dartmoor Challenge.

10:58 13 February 2014

Paraplegic rider and former leading lady jockey Sarah Gaisford, from Buckfastleigh in South Devon, is asking riders to join her on an historic journey as she embarks on the Liberty Trails Dartmoor Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund, writes Lucy Johnson.

The ride takes place on Saturday, April 12, and Sarah will attempt to ride as far as she can to raise awareness of the work of the IJF in recognition of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Joining her will be racing legends John Francome, MBE and Richard Pitman

The IJF proved instrumental in Sarah’s rehabilitation following her life changing accident in 2007 and still provides ongoing support. To help repay them Sarah is asking people to either sponsor her, or raise £500 in sponsorship for the IJF and ride across Dartmoor too.

Since her accident, Sarah has refused to turn her back on the horses she loved, and has held on to a dream that one day she would be able to ride across Dartmoor again. Liberty Trails, which specialises in providing luxury riding holidays on Dartmoor, made this possible in 2012 and its founder Elaine Prior is now organizing the Liberty Trails Dartmoor Challenge.

Elaine said: “Sarah is so inspiring in that she always has a smile for everyone and yet has had to overcome some incredible difficulties. With Liberty Trails expertise in providing riding holidays on Dartmoor it seemed a natural thing for us to do.”

Sarah added: “It is incredible what Liberty Trials has done for me, not least helping me enjoy Dartmoor’s wonderful landscape again from the back of a horse. It took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that I no longer had the use of my legs, and Elaine’s belief in me and support of me has meant so much. I am so excited about the Liberty Trails Dartmoor Challenge and I will spend between now and then slowly building a bond my horse so that I can attempt to ride as far as I can.”

Those who take part in the ride will also be invited to attend a gala dinner at the Arundell Arms near Lifton the night prior to the right with free accommodation provided for horses. The person raising the most money will be seated on the top table with John Francome MBE, seven times champion jockey and president of the IJF.

The Liberty Trails Dartmoor Challenge is the first phase of Sarah’s challenge. In October she will attempt to ride a circuit of Exeter Racecourse where she suffered her life changing injury.

Donations can be also be made through http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Gaisford. Sarah’s progress can be followed at www.facebook.com/LibertyTrailsDartmoorChallenge. To reserve your place and to receive sponsorship forms please email info@libertytrails.co.uk or visit http://www.libertytrails.co.uk/the-dartmoor-challenge.php

0 comments

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 20:29
Sam Matson who is taking part in his third Solitaire Bomprad Le Figaro and sitting a healthy 12th as the first British sailor to complete leg two of the 2016 race.

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson crossed the finish line in Paimpol in his boat Chatham at the end of stage two of the 2016 Solitaire Bomprad Le Figaro sitting a healthy 12th and the first British sailor home.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:51
AVR duo Terry Emmett and Duncan Staddon at the Torbay Half Marathon

There was much AVR success at the inaugural Lyme Regis Poppy Run, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Tue, 10:49
Football generic picture

Honiton Town returned for pre-season training tonight (Tuesday) and it’s very much a case of ‘same again’ for the Hippo’s for the forthcoming new season, writes Steve Birley.

Read more
Tue, 10:49
The medals issued out to the runners who completed the Giants Head Marathon

James Ashforth ran the Giants Head Marathon on Saturday, which started in a small village called Sydling St Nicholas, writes Dave Mutter.

Read more
Mon, 19:30
Bowls. Ref exsp 25-16SH 9104. Picture: Simon Horn.

Seaton went down by just three shots in a County Trophy meeting with Ottery St Mary, writes Linda Stone.

Read more
Mon, 19:30
Golf generic picture

In the Lyme Regis junior stableford Lewis Gibbons had a storming finish as he scored 14 points on the last three holes to take first place with 40 points, writes Richard Jackman.

Read more
Mon, 19:29
A typical cricket scoring table

Whetlor Celebrates with Five Wickets

Read more
Mon, 19:29
Cricket drinks

Upottery were five wicket winners when they hosted Chardstock.

Read more
Mon, 19:29
Cricket

Honiton 2nds remain top of the C Division East 2nd XI table after a terrific victory over Kilmington.

Read more
Mon, 19:29
Ottery 2nds against Lewdown. Ref shsp 23-16TI 1621. Picture: Terry Ife

Uplyme 2nd XI suffered a second successive defeat when beaten by Countess Wear II by five wickets.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications