Downham teenage rider appeals for help in buying saddle

Lisa Bannister is appealing for help in raising money to buy a new saddle for Rocky
Lisa Bannister is appealing for help in raising money to buy a new saddle for Rocky

A teenage dressage rider with cystic fibrosis is appealing for help in raising £250 to buy a new saddle.

Lisa Bannister, 19, has been riding for 15 years and finds that it helps to keep her chest clear.

She is a member of a dressage team at the Sunshine Centre for Therapeutic Riding at Salters Lode but is unable to compete until she has the correct saddle for her pony Rocky. Her previous saddle is broken.

Lisa spends a lot of time in hospital and is unable to work but is trying to raise money for the saddle at the centre’s fundraising dog show on Sunday, August 10, at the Pink Tractor Field at Begdale, PE14 0RN.

She said: “I started riding when I was four years old. It helps with my posture and my breathing.

“Horses became a big part of my life, as I volunteer for the Riding for the Disabled Association and later as a rider/volunteer with the Sunshine Centre.

“I have seen the confidence and joy that people get from being with the horses.

“I cannot compete without a proper competition saddle which means a part of the dressage team is missing. Unfortunately because of my condition I cannot work, I spend a lot of time in hospital and have iv’s at home on a monthly basis.”

Lisa estimates that she will need £250 to buy a saddle.

She will be running a retro sweet stall during the dog show.