Paralysed jockey set to achieve her dream

A former jockey that was left paralysed after an accident at Exeter racecourse is set to achieve her dream and ride on Dartmoor once again when she tries the War Horse Ride.

Former jockey Richard Pitman – Sarah’s lifelong racing hero – will accompany her on the ride after recently donating a kidney to a stranger.

However Sarah is currently looking for a suitable horse for the ride, which will cover 20 miles of Dartmoor moorland. Her aim is to complete the full distance, raising as much money as possible for every mile she achieves.

Sarah will be able to take part in the ride thanks to Liberty Trails who provide Dartmoor Riding Adventure Holidays.

Elaine Prior, founder of Liberty Trails, said: "I've always had the deepest respect for Sarah. Her courage is astonishing and when I heard she was riding regularly again, I wanted to offer her the chance to do the ride, as it's an incredible experience, across the same stunning scenery made famous by the film War Horse."

Liberty Trails was established in 2013 in order to provide riding holidays across Dartmoor for experienced riders to enjoy the wide open moor.

Elaine said: "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for them both and we are delighted to do this for them. As part of the War Horse Trail, they will stay at the Arundell Arms Hotel, where they will have dinner the evening before the ride. Sarah has really captured our imaginations, as she is now determined to become a top wheel chair tennis player; while Richard is someone we have the utmost admiration for, not least as he donated a kidney earlier this year.”

Sarah completed the War Horse Trail in 2012, not long after she started riding again. She said "It was the most incredible experience and such a milestone for me. To ride across Dartmoor with Richard Pitman was something I will never forget and to think that both he and John Francome are taking part in the next challenge is incredible."

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