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Meet Nicola Naylor, Para dressage rider

Using a dressage check could be daunting sufficient, however think about doing it within the pitch black. Charlotte Anderson met blind rider, Nicola Naylor, to learn the way she does it…
Once I went to go to Nicola in Kent, I wasn’t anticipating the sort of reception I really obtained. Nicola, who is totally blind, bar a small quantity of sunshine in her left eye, greeted me, shook me by an precisely aimed hand and moved nimbly across the yard with no apparent indicators that she will be able to’t see. Nicola is a petite blonde with a pointy sense of humour. When the photographer requested if she wished to repair her hat hair earlier than having her portrait taken, she merely replied: “Why? I received’t know if it seems dangerous within the photographs!” Her confidence and full ease along with her incapacity was mirrored by her apparent means as a rider. Though she had assist tacking up her horse and making ready him for our photoshoot (plaits are exhausting sufficient with 20/20 imaginative and prescient, not to mention for those who’re fully blind), the best way she rode independently into the sector and began warming up was astounding. 
Having all the time been partially sighted, she assumed that her ardour for driving would all the time be restricted. Certainly, when she went completely blind in her early twenties, Nicola gave up driving fully. It wasn’t till her daughter’s driving teacher instructed she attempt her hand at dressage that the eagerness was reignited. Now she trains on daily basis with dressage rider Daniel Watson and has three horses primarily based with him. So how does she do it? Nicola explains…
The accumulating ring at competitions is the scariest time for me. Dan has to speak with me by radio mic as a result of it will be too harmful if there have been trainers or helpers within the area as properly. It’s fairly scary having different, usually preoccupied, riders sharing the house and I do know Dan finds it actually demanding, too. He’s normally extra of a wreck than I’m!
In any new surroundings, I’ve to enter a zone to maintain my focus. If I’m driving a pointy horse who leaps away from the flower pots or spectators, it throws my notion of the place I’m. Even once I’m not driving, I don’t get pleasure from going to new locations, so competing presents a number of challenges for me. 

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