Student Rises To The Challenge

Student Callum Lindsay, aged 18 from Darlington, has qualified to compete at a prestigious national horse riding event.

Callum, who has cerebral palsy and is also deaf, qualified after competing at the recently held RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) North Region Championships, which took place at the new £1million Pegasus Centre for riding for the disabled, in Morpeth, Northumberland.

He with his horse Peter competed in the dressage, coming 4th, and the countryside challenge class in which he came first and therefore qualified for the RDA National Championships in that class.

Callum, who is at student at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham and enrolled on a BTEC National Diploma in Animal Care, has been riding since he was 10.

Callum’s mum Tracy Grant explained: “The countryside challenge requires the horse and rider to navigate, around and through, a number of obstacles. This is a real test of balance, co-ordination and concentration by the rider, plus a test of their ability to control and guide the horse. Callum was absolutely elated to win.

The RDA National Championships take place on Saturday 10th July and Sunday 11th July, at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.