Marshland St James rider’s winning comeback

Emma Openshaw with Atti celebrating their selection for the regional British Dressage Championships ANL-150427-162815009
Emma Openshaw with Atti celebrating their selection for the regional British Dressage Championships ANL-150427-162815009
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A nightmare winter is turning into a dream of a summer for dressage rider Emma Openshaw.

When her top horse Welt Star tripped and fell on the road last September there were fears he would never compete again.

But after months of treatment and recuperation he is back in winning form and he and Emma have just been chosen to represent the eastern region in this month’s British Dressage’s inter-regional championship.

To add to her delight, the pair won their class in their first competition since the accident.

Emma and Atti, as he is known at home, were hacking out around the lanes near her home at Marshland St James when he tripped and gashed his knees down to the bone. He was hospitalised and spent several weeks bandaged and undergoing treatment.

Emma said: “I was devastated. There was every chance he wouldn’t recover, let alone compete again. It was a long haul but he has come through.

“He is as good as ever and he knows it” she said after winning the medium level class at Forest Edge, in Norfolk, at the end of April and putting them on target to qualify for the regional finals later this summer.

On the way home from the competition she got the news that she has been selected for the eastern team in the British Dressage inter-regional championships at Keysoe, in Bedfordshire on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

“I am so proud of my horse and it would be a big bonus if we could find someone to sponsor us,” said Emma who runs a training yard and has a growing list of clients who also compete.

She can be contacted on 07855 950608.