Gayle’s a force to be reckoned with

Morpeth RDA rider Gayle Bloomfield on Bartie who have won national disabled equestrian events. Pegasus Centre.
Morpeth RDA rider Gayle Bloomfield on Bartie who have won national disabled equestrian events. Pegasus Centre.

A disabled horse rider from Seahouses has been crowned champion of her sport at a national competition.

Gayle Bloomfield, riding horse Bartie, came top at the RDA National Championships at Hartpury in Gloucestershire.

Gayle, a former air hostess and riding instructor, also took two individual dressage awards at the championships.

She had thought she would never ride again after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis – but she was persuaded to keep going, and has since won a string of top competitions.

Gayle was one of nine riders from the Pegasus Centre for disabled riders, based at Tranwell near Morpeth, to take part in the competition.