Sixth sense takes Para Rider to top of League table!

Sixth sense takes Para Rider to top of League table!

 Fiona Durston, a registered blind 3 * Para Dressage Rider from Kent took up a new discipline of Para reining earlier this year and is now topping the leader board for the World Para Reining World Saddle Series Title. This means that Durston has won more points than any other Para Reiner World wide this year. Durston has competed in The UK, Holland, Switzerland, The USA and will travel back to Holland this week in her attempt to remain in pole position. Durston flew to The States in August to compete at the prestigious Las Vegas Hi Roller Derby where she piloted a loaned horse called Frankie who was deaf!  With only a very limited time to get to know each other it must have been a sixth sense that steered the partnership to victory.  Durston said, “ I am loving this sport and am thrilled to be so high up in the series, I would love to win but it has just been the best journey getting to this point so far”.

 Sitting in fifth place on the leader board is fellow team member Ricky Balshaw, a former Paralympic Dressage Silver medalist. and team GBR Member. Alongside Durston, Balshaw competed with third team member Sir Lee Pearson ( 11 time Paralympic Dressage Gold Medalist ) to win Silver for Great Britain at the World Para Reining Championship show in Holland in July.  Balshaw will travel to Holland to support Durston this week.

 Chef D’Equipe, Francesca Sternberg noted “ It has been an incredible first year for British Para Reiners and I am so very proud of what they have accomplished in a very short time. We are looking forward to the World Para Reining organization negotiating the inclusion of this worthwhile discipline in to the WEG (World Equestrian Games 2018 in Tryon, USA) where I am confident should it be included we could field a strong team. It is an exiting time for Para Riders everywhere and a huge opportunity to include so many more in this great form of riding, from grass roots up to International level”.

 For further information Please contact Francesca

Phone: 07778031113