Aarya,the champion equestrian

2019-06-12 06:00
Aarya Singh with her pony, Miss Molly. PHOTO: supplied

Aarya Singh with her pony, Miss Molly. PHOTO: supplied

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NINE-YEAR-OLD Aarya Singh from Deccan Road Primary, who started riding as a means of therapy after it was recommended by her doctor as part of occupational therapy, walked away from the Royal Show a winner as she was crowned Royal Show Lead Rein Junior Champion for 2019.

Having suffered with intercranial hypertension, Aarya had a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt inserted to relieve pressure on the brain at the end of 2016 and started riding by June 2017 at the Buckingham Equestrian Centre (BEC) in Hilton, owned and run by Natalie Gordon-Watson.

Aarya’s teacher Tamara Reid has been with her since the beginning of her journey and this year entered her in the following divisions: Lead Rein Pony, Lead Rein Best Rider and Lead Best Turn Out, in which she was placed third, first and second respectively.

“Her improvements through horse riding have been tremendous. It has strengthened her core, muscles and basic movement.”

“In preparation for the Royal Show, her coach has been working closely with her and her pony, Miss Molly, and they did not disappoint,” said Aarya’s mother, Bharti Singh.

Having placed first and second, Aarya was then entered in the championship round where she placed first.

“Winning the overall championships in her division was a very proud moment for us all and well deserved for Aarya. She has a natural ability and quiet determination,” said Singh.

“She is a very gentle soul with an extra bright shining light.

“She is polite, helpful and most importantly loves horses and has their best interests at heart.

“We will be following her equestrian career closely,” said Aarya’s coach, Reid.

Aarya said that she was in a lot of pleasant shock when she won the event, which was the first time she had ever competed and hopes to win many more in the future with hopes of becoming a professional equestrian one day.

Singh said that since Aarya and Adhi started going to BEC she has seen a huge improvement in Aarya and so have her teachers at school.

“BEC is a wonderful place and the help they have given me with my children has been nothing short of amazing and the results speak for themselves now that Aarya has done this amazing thing,” said Singh.

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