Ruth MacCarthy, Para-Equestrian

Paralegal Ruth MacCarthy, employed by Wright Hassall in Leamington, UK, overcame severe lower back and pelvic injuries after a horse fell on her in 2004. She credits her medical providers with saving her life and giving her the mobility she has today, even though she suffers from chronic pain and often walks with a stick.

MacCarthy didn’t let her accident scare her away from the horses she loves. She literally got back in the saddle to become one of Britain’s top paralympic dressage riders, but her plan to compete in the 2012 Paralympics in London is missing a key player: a horse.

Flustern aka Whisper

The Courier reports that MacCarthy’s horse Flustern, also known as Whisper, ruptured a ligament and is out of commission for at least a year. (But the good news is that Whisper is going to be a mom.)

MacCarthy said via her blog that she had the use of a horse over the winter, but “the partnership was not meant to be.” She’s looking for a horse to ride and train for international competitions, and that can adjust to a rider with disabilities.

Even if you don’t have a dressage horse handy, you can still support MacCarthy’s dream to win a gold medal at the 2012 Paralympics. For more information and to make a donation, click here.

Practical Paralegalism hopes MacCarthy gets a great competition horse soon, and wishes her the best of success at the 2012 Paralympic Games!

Sources:  The Courier;

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