Matthew Dalley from Derbyshire with some disabilities such as ADHD, Autism, some learning difficulties. He is a profoundly deaf sign language user which means he could not talk or lip read very well and significant muscle weakness and co-ordination problems.
He went to a local Riding for the Disabled Centre at the age of six for first time which it is currently based at Scropton in Derbyshire, his passion started with horses started with a leader and sidewalkers, progressing to be a independent rider with walk, trot and canter and also jumping as well as competing at the centre and RDA competitions.
Matthew enjoyed some Dressage, Showjumping and Cross Country (Hunter Trials), now classified Grade lll in Para Dressage and Grade l in Para Showjumping. He also enjoyed competing with RDA, Special Olympics, British Dressage and British Showjumping at local, regional and national level. He has won his first British Showjumping – Para Grade ll National Title in 2015 at British Showjumping National Championships as well as winning two Gold Medal and a Silver Medal from Special Olympics National Equestrian Competition held in 2013.
His team members behind him are keen to help him to achieve his goals every week and made such a big difference to his career over many years.
Matthew is very dedicated Riding for the Disabled volunteer at Scropton Riding for the Disabled Centre to support the centre with running their social media channels which he was really great with computer skills. He is currently heavily involved with the Riding for the Disabled Association – Matthew is currently the Regional Participant Representative in North Midlands RDA region and also sits on the RDA National Participation Committee. He was named the RDA Young Volunteer of the Year award as well as Derby Telegraph Sports Awards Volunteer of the Year in 2016.
© Matthew Dalley