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Susi Rogers-Hartley at Magpie Centre WNRDA open day ANL-150527-130235009
Susi Rogers-Hartley at Magpie Centre WNRDA open day ANL-150527-130235009
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A paralysed showjumper showed how her injury does not hold her back.

Susi Hartley-Rogers and her 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Summer gave a demonstration during the Volunteer Day at the Magpie Centre home of West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, Wallington Hall,South Runcton.

Susi was left paralysed from the waist down in an accident while in the armed forces.

She demonstrated how she unloads, tacks up and mounts Summer without assistance before popping over a few jumps during the event,which was organised to thank and attract volunteers.

Susi said: “If you want to do something sufficiently, you’ll find a way. Everything hinges on correct preparation.”

RDA rider Aynsley Calver gave a short flatwork display while Mick Ward, reigning Para Carriage Driving Champion, hurtled between pairs of cones at a brisk canter, interspersed with hairpin turns,

The centre gained a new rider, a new volunteer, and a new potential trustee. Call 01553 810202 or another open day will be held on July 19.