Laura defies her disability to pursue her horse riding dreams


With a rare metabolic condition that affects her mobility, teenager Laura Curson has returned from a disabled dressage championship with 3 medals.

14-year-old girl Laura Curson from Stokesley School rode on Hunky Dory at the UK’s National Riding for the Disabled Dressage Championship, won the graded dressage test. She was awarded the Charley Dargie trophy for the highest score in this test.

Laura continued to win the graded freestyle dressage to music and also came second in the dressage pairs along with Kathryn Pavitt.

The couple was also placed third in tack and turnout. However, the most notable thing was that she received a surprise award at the final presentation as she was awarded the Bob Galbreath Trophy for the highest combined graded score over the whole weekend.

Laura has rare metabolic condition Glutaric Aciduria Type One that affects her mobility. Her passion for horse riding is not only her most favorite hobby but it also helps to improve her core strength and stretch her muscles.

She has well developed a special bond with Hunky Dory, the pony that she partnered at the UK’s National Championships at Hartpury College in Gloucester. Hunky Dory belongs to Claire Robinson, who is the manager of Stokesley Riding for the Disabled and Robinson’s Equiteach.

Robinson’s Equiteach paid for all the Stokesley RDA competitors to take part in the national championship and Laura’s mum, Jane Curson, also wanted to help towards the entry fee and the costs of transporting the horses.

Laura said that those achievements meant the world to her and she felt that she was going from strength to strength with her riding. She also felt that she had got closer to her ultimate dream of becoming a Paralympic champion one day.

Hannah Millett, head-teacher at Stokesley School, said that they were exceptionally proud of Laura not only for her incredible achievements but also for her general warmth and sunny disposition around their school.