Amputee recieves prestigious riding awardBy Karen Berridge
March 08, 2013
An amputee has been awarded an Exceptional Achievement Award from the British Horse Society (BHS) for showing determination, courage and sportsmanship against the odds.
Erin Orford, who is missing the radius in both arms, trains at Diana Barley’s equestrian centre in Finchampstead.
She was presented with a signed photograph of her and Martin Clunes, BHS president, at an award ceremony in London to mark her outstanding contributions to horse riding, on Monday, February 18.
Bob Milton, BHS trustee who presented the photograph, said: “The award is for volunteers who are of benefit to the horse riding society – she is a huge inspiration.”
Miss Orford is a bilateral amputee, which means she has shortened lower arms and only four fingers on each hand, but that has not stopped her riding.
The 22-year-old, from High Wycombe, started riding at the age of two, and was inspired to take up Para Dressage after watching the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004. She now competes on the international circuit in Para Dressage and contends able-bodied classes.
Nivana Spa in Sindlesham sponsors Miss Orford and her horse which is named after the spa.