Natasha Adkinson is a student at Sheffield High School and a member of their Equestrian Team, currently sponsored by Blue Chip. She has been competing in Para-Dressage for just under three years. Despite back problems she recently qualified for the Winter Championships. In the future she hopes to compete with the British team at International competitions such as the Europeans, and hopefully one day at the Olympics.
She picked up two top spots at her first competition of the year, held at Arrow Equestrian Centre in Kent on 12th February.
Natasha has been suffering with constant back problems since it was jarred when her horse shied at the audience during the Young Rider International competition in August last year. However, she was keen to ensure the season started as she means it to go on, and won both her classes. Riding her competition horse Prince Charming, owned by South Bucks RDA, with scores of 75% and 73.6%, beating their nearest rival by a massive 16%.
Combined with her previous wins of over 70%, means that she has qualified for the British Dressage Para-Equestrian Winter Championships, which will be held at Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire on the 10th and 11th of March.
“I’d really been suffering with my back over Christmas, so I wasn’t holding out too much hope for a great start to the season. However, having trained ready for the competition, I was feeling very positive and confident about my goals” said Natasha. “But it couldn’t have gone better and now I’m really excited about the Winter Championships and the year ahead.”
Natasha, who has VACTERL Syndrome and also Spina Bifida in her neck, is classified as a grade III rider. She’s a member of the British Equestrian Federation’s UK Sport funded World Class Development Programme, which works with talented riders to maximise their potential and deliver success.