A local para dressage rider is seeking support in her bid to represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics
Ashleigh Jones, 20 and from Northfield, was born with Cerebral Palsy. In her case, this means that she is partially paralysed down her right side.
Despite her disability, Ashleigh is a determined young woman. She was first introduced to horse riding as physical therapy at the age of 7 and has developed a love of horses.
Over the years she has competed at para dressage events and was selected to the Equestrian Team GBR World Class programme at the age of 16. The programme identifies and supports potential olympic and paralympic athletes with the aim of ensuring that Great Britain is “number one Olympic and Paralympic equestrian nation with depth of excellence at every level”.
Ashleigh attends Bournville College and won their Sports Personality of the Year Award last year.
She trains hard at the college’s Urban Fitness centre, under the direction of the centre’s manager, David Dyson (right).
To improve her chances for the Paralympics, Ashleigh is fundraising to buy a world class dressage horse.
This year is selection year so Ashleigh really needs to acquire a new horse by the end of the summer.
Every £ helps and you can donate to support Ashleigh on her Just Giving crowdfunding page.
If you are a business and would like to sponsor Ashleigh, visit her website for details.
Video by Bournville College students