National success for Able2’s Oliver

Oliver Peace, from Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics, triumphant in two national equestrian competitions.
Oliver Peace, from Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics, triumphant in two national equestrian competitions.

Oliver Peace from Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics has returned home triumphant from two national equestrian competitions.

Oliver, 20, competed at the Riding for the Disabled National Championships at Hartpury College, Gloucester. He represented Wakefield RDA, having earned his place at the Yorkshire dressage qualifiers in June.

The RDA National Championships is the biggest event of its kind in the world for riders with disabilities.

Oliver, who has a range of physical and learning disabilities including Autism, has been riding since the age of six. Last summer, he was inspired by the wonderful ‘dancing horses’ at the 2012 Olympics and longed to try this for himself.

At Hartpury, Oliver rode a horse called Amber in the grade three freestyle dressage to music, finishing in third place. It was a remarkable achievement for Oliver because he was competing in dressage to music for the first time. Oliver also claimed tenth place in the grade three walk, trot and canter championship dressage.

After the RDA Championships, Oliver stayed at Hartpury to compete in the Special Olympics National Equestrian Games. He had to quickly adjust to a different horse before riding in the top ability level event where he finished in third place in dressage.

Elaine Goodall, Able2 equestrian coach, said: “Oliver shows great potential and has done exceptionally well in his first season competing at the highest level for his disabilities.”

Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics is affiliated to Special Olympics Great Britain and aims to increase participation in disability sport, offering coaching and competitive opportunities in sport for people with learning disabilities. Currently, they offer swimming, boccia, new age curling, table tennis, equestrian and athletics. For further information, contact Steve Peace, Chair on 07551 648661.