Para show jumper from Skegness competing with able-bodied riders at championships

Evie Toombes.
Evie Toombes.

This weekend Britain’s leading para show jumpers - including a teenager from Skegness - will for the first time compete directly against able-bodied riders at the ESUK Grassroots Championships at Arena UK in Grantham.

Fourteen-year-old Evie Toombes suffers from a form of spina bifida that requires three hours of daily catheterisation through her stomach.

She will be supported by mentor and former international show jumper Dame Emma Jane Brown who has set up a foundation on behalf of Britain’s leading para show jumpers.

“I really want to show the public how courageous and talented these riders really are by putting them against able-bodied riders. Frankly riding is what many of them live for and they deserve all the support they can get,” explained Emma.