Oliver Peace (Pontefract, W Yorkshire) claimed his well-deserved 3rd place bronze position from the 2017 Inas World Para-Equestrian Championships, presented to him by the UK Sports Association, President and Chairman, Bernard Atha CBE.
At a private presentation held at Back Lane Stables in Leeds, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues from the Equine world, Oliver and his horse Bailey received the coveted award.Â One of 14 riders, from across the World, Peace impressed a panel of three international judges as he skilfully guided Bailey to success in the inaugural Inas World Para-Equestrian Championships.
Oliver Peace said ‘I feel happy and proud. I am pleased that Bailey did so well. Bailey is a great horse, I have been riding Bailey for only six months. It’s a new thing for me to represent Great Britain. It’s fantastic to be a GB rider like Charlotte Dujardin and Lee Pearson. Peace went on to say I’d like to get to know Bailey better now and next year try to qualify for the RDA National Championships, plus compete against non-disabled riders.’
Bernard Atha CBE, President and Chairman UK Sports Association said ‘This meant an awful lot to be able to present the rosette and certificate in person to Oliver. Important this great achievement is acknowledged. What a lovely young man.’
Tracey McCillen, CEO UK Sports Association said ‘Oliver is the first athlete to compete for UKSA and Great Britain at an Inas Para-Equestrian Championships, so a proud moment and another one for the history books. A great achievement and a pleasure for us to have such a talented young man represent Great Britain. My hope is that future opportunities will garner interest from our Governing Bodies here in the UK so that we can explore what might be possible for 2018.Â But for now, the moment is Oliver’s, so congratulations to him on a great result.’
Peace began riding at just 5 years old and now age 25, trains at Back Lane Stables, Leeds under the guidance of coach Gemma Hughes, and at Manor Grange Stud SC in Knottingley with Janet Senior and Joanne Parsons.
The Award presentation took place on 7th December 2017 at Back Lane Stables, whilst the Inas Para-Equestrian Championships took place in September 2017 via worldwide video entries from Russia, Australia, France, United States and Great Britain. The British entry was filmed at Back Lane Stables.
The UK Sports Association (UKSA) is the only official Great Britain member of Inas, the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment, Down syndrome and autism.
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