COUNTRYPHILES – Interview * Morgan Liddle * Para-Equestrian

the-countryphiles-logo-second-line-web3EVERY now and then I get to do a story for The Countryphiles that is so INSPIRING it leaves me brimming with heart-warming JOY! Well, when I chanced upon the opportunity to meet Morgan Liddle and ‘Ralphy’ I had no idea what lay ahead. Let me just say that watching them train together was nothing short of AMAZING! Whilst horse riding is a very popular country past time, horses, and even more so dressage, are a little unfamiliar to ME. So, seeing Ralphy up close made me realise just how HUGE and BEAUTIFUL horses can be! I was awe struck by his powerful stature as well as his beauty. But more than that, I was altogether MOVED to see such a majestic and COMMANDING horse ‘dance’ at the hands of Morgan – an extremely talented, passionate, ambitious and ANGELIC young woman.

Morgan’s goal is to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014 – the next world championship for Para-Equestrians. Morgan missed out on qualifying for the London Paralympics by a heartbreaking 0.9%. With her condition progressing, Morgan is aware she might not be able to ride by the time the 2016 Paralympics come around. SO, she and Ralphy are hard at it training, fund raising (horse riding and getting international competition experience are expensive!) and making the most of each and every day! Watching Morgan train and seeing how much she ADORES her horse was truly a PLEASURE and a sight to behold!

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