August 30, 2003
Newsquest (Wiltshire) Ltd.
Champion horse rider Anne Dunham sets off for Belgium today to compete in the World Dressage Championships for disabled riders.
Anne, 54, of Weir Farm in Broad Hinton, won two gold medals at the same championships in 1994, followed by another gold in 1999.
She has been riding from childhood and was determined not to let multiple sclerosis, which struck her 24 years ago, keep her from the saddle.
Anne said: Just a few years after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, I was back riding again. I missed it. Riding is the only real exercise I get and I usually practise for an hour every day.
After riding in the championships, Anne hopes to be selected for the Paralympics in Athens, 2004.
Her track record in this event is also impressive, having clinched two
gold medals in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.
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