Emma Mairead Douglas - Para Dressage Equestrian
Full Name: Emma Mairead Douglas
Occupation: Para Dressage Equestrian
Date of Birth: 7th January 1986
Lives: Inverness, Scotland & Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire, England
Yard: Sacha Hamilton Equestrian Centre, South Bucks.
Disability: L1 incomplete paraplegia (non weight bearing wheelchair user)
On 5th August 2005 I was schooling a horse for a friend when it reared up and fell back on me, I spent almost 8 months in the Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow.
I have been riding since the age of 4, I was a keen member of the Moray & Nairn Pony Club, my first pony was a stroppy shetland called 'Flash'...say no more!, he gave me a good grounding on how to stay on and how to catch him! I had a few good ponies after that,my favourite being 'High JInx' a wonderful 14hh Connemara x , who I had many adventures on including the Prince Philip Games. I am also still a member of the Moray Riding Club, based at Burgie Equestrian Centre ,Forres. On leaving school I trained for two years and then was offered a job on completion of training at Logie Farm Riding Centre, I enjoyed my time at Logie immensely.
I was a keen 'Eventer' and spent most weekends at competitions.
The week before my accident my horse 'Murphy' and I won the British Eventing Scottish Intro (Now BE90) Championship.
- National Grade II Profile 10b
- FEI International Grade II
Para Dressage riders are classified depending on their degree of physical disability and range from Grade I to IV,
Grade I riders have a greater degree of disability than Grade IV and the tests reflect this in the movements that are required to be performed.
- BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 1
- BHS Horse Knowledge, Care and Riding Stage 2
- S/NVQ levels 1,2 & 3 (Scottish/National Vocational Qualifications)
Major Achievements to Date
BEF WORLD CLASS PROGRAMME SELECTION - 2014 / 2016
- 2015 HARTPURY CPEDI3*
- 2015 PARA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HICKSTEAD - 4TH
- 2015 PARA WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS - 3RD
2014 BRITISH DRESSAGE NATIONALS - STONELEIGH - 2ND
- 2014 BISHOP BURTON CPEDI2* - 2ND
2014 PARA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS HICKSTEAD - 2ND
2014 NIRVANA SPA PARA WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS - CHAMPION
BEF EXCEL TALENT PROGRAMME SELECTION - 2013 / 2015
BISHOP BURTON CPEDI 2* INTERNATIONAL 2013 - 2ND (OPEN)
MEMBER HORSESCOTLAND 'ELITE RIDER PERFORMANCE SQUAD' - 2013 / 2014
HICKSTEAD PARA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013 - 4TH (OPEN)
BRITISH PARA DRESSAGE HOME INTERNATIONAL 2013 - 3RD (OPEN)
BISHOP BURTON CPEDI 2* INTERNATIONAL 2012 - 4TH (OPEN)
MEMBER S.E.A 'ELITE RIDER PERFORMANCE SQUAD' - 2012 / 2013
2012 NIRVANA SPA PARA WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS - 3RD
SCOTTISH RDA DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 - 1ST
MEMBER S.E.A 'ELITE RIDER PERFORMANCE SQUAD' - 2011 / 2012
2011 NIRVANA SPA PARA WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS - QUALIFIED (HORSE INJURY)
MEMBER OF THE WINNING SCOTLAND PARA DRESSAGE TEAM - 1ST (OPEN)
HICKSTEAD PARA CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 - 3RD
MILLFIELD CPEDIJ1* INTERNATIONAL 2010 - UNDER 25 INTERNATIONAL
SCOTTISH RDA DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2009 - CHAMPION