Para National Dressage qualifier Emily Skerret aims for the top

Despite living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and total wrist fusion, 33-year-old Emily from Cornwall has recently competed for England and won several Para National Dressage qualifiers.

Having ridden since the age of four, she now competes and trains horses six days a week.

She runs two successful businesses and is the proud mother of two boys aged six and four.

Her rare inherited condition means she has a variety of mobility challenges and hence needs assistance walking.

Emily has won her last two qualifiers for the Para National Championships and represented England (SW) in a home international where her team finished second.

She has also qualified for the Elementary Silver Summer Regional Championships and the Medium Silver Area Festival.

Over and above these competitions Emily continues to train hard for her ultimate ambition of the 2020 Paralympics and working towards qualifying for forthcoming international events.

“My ultimate ambition is still to compete at a Paralympic Games, with the next one being Toyko 2020."

Last year Emily represented GB at 2* international for the first time and now hopes to be able to do this again this year especially as my national qualifiers are going well.

"My new mare Ella is only young and relatively inexperienced," says Emily, "but the judges have commented that she’s a horse to watch out for in the future.”

TGA, the UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist is supporting Emily with a Maximo mobility scooter so she is able to manage her horses and attend equestrian events without having to struggle across large distances on crutches. 

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