Posted: 5th December 2014 | Back to news feed
Emma Douglas - who splits her time between bases in Scotland and Buckinghamshire - has been selected by UK Sport for the National Lottery funded ‘World Class Development Programme’, with her ride Solly. Erik Mackechnie, 2014 World Class Development Coach for para riders, said Emma is a ‘star of the future’ and ‘one to watch’.
The British Equestrian Federation announced Emma’s selection onto the 2014-2016 programme as one of six riders in the sport of para-equestrian dressage. The Programme looks to provide coaching and support to athletes, through sports science, nutrition and sports psychology, as part of an established training pathway.
“After four years of training I have finally realised my long-term dream to gain selection onto the Programme, and must thank everyone who has got me here; all of my helpers and supporters,” says Emma, who placed second in grade two division at the 2014 KBIS Para Equestrian National Championship.
Emma, who is paraplegic as a result of a spinal injury, is an advocate of the RS-tor rider safety aid, which attaches to the stirrup bars and is held in the hand to help reduce the velocity of being unseated to prevent a fall; she hopes to help showcase it to other riders of all abilities and disciplines. (Visit www.rstor.co.uk).
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