A 14-year-old para showjumper from Skegness has won a £2,000 Dodson and Horrell Bursary.
Evie Toombes received the uplifting news on her return home after several days in hospital and, true to form, was back riding that same day.
It’s about finding that thing you love doing so much you want to find a way whatever you’re dealing with.Evie Toombes
Her therapy is horses and coping with a form of spinabifida represents a huge daily challenge, especially if staying away from home.
Evie, who was recently featured in the Skegness Standard, has also shared her story of dealing with lower leg weakness and bladder and bowel issues to encourage others with hidden disabilities.
She said: ”It’s about finding that thing you love doing so much you want to find a way whatever you’re dealing with.”
Incredibly last summer Evie won the National Junior para showjumping grade III title, despite complex surgery in April.
A surprise phone call came from Sam Horrell that she’d won the ‘Inspirational rider’ category of the competition.
Evie plans to use the bursary towards weekly training, competing and Ponyclub activities.
She is also putting £500 towards building a wet room in the horse box and aims to raise further funds by giving talks on living with hidden disabilities.