Flame honour for Seahouses rider

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Seahouses para-dressage rider Gayle Bloomfield was given a taste of the Paralympic Games, by playing an important role to help celebrate the prestigious event .

The national champ took part in the Paralympic Flame Festival, held at Beamish Museum last month. It attracted more than 3,500 people and saw the North East welcome a splinter of the Paralympic flame and celebrate disabled sports.

Gayle took along to the festival some of the trophies that she won at the recent RDA National Championships, where she became National Champion for Grade 2 Dressage and also for Grade 2 Dressage to Music, as well as being awarded the prestigious Carl Hester Trophy for the highest score achieved over the three-day competition.

She also took charge of the Paralympic Flame as it moved around the sports field between the various groups represented at the festival.

“It was an honour to take part in this event and especially to hold the Paralympic Flame”, said Gayle.” I hope that we have inspired some people to give riding a go.”

Gayle’s horse Bartie is stabled at The Pegasus Centre, in Tranwell, which is a purpose-built riding centre which enriches the lives of people with disabilities.