Tracey Spencer - Horse Driving Champion
There has been many times in my life when things have been really tough and I have felt like giving up but somehow the horses have always managed to put a smile on my face, they have given me a meaning to life, something to get up for they have captured my soul and helped me to believe in myself.
Overcoming physical limitations is at the heart of Tracey's amazing story.
I love the feeling of being free to go wherever I want to go, due to my disability my mobility can at times be a problem, but my horses help me to walk to places mentally and physically that I would never be able to go to without them.
Horses have been a huge part of Tracey's life since she was four, when her GP suggested horse riding as physiotherapy for a condition she was born with called Tallopies (more commonly called Clubfoot). The condition restricted her mobility and strength, and her parents were told that she wouldn't be able to walk.
What began as a tool for therapy quickly became a passion for Tracey, and her talent shone through. Before long she began winning ridden dressage competitions at Hickstead Showground and qualified for many National Championships, including winning her class at Hartbury.
Alongside competing with RDA ( Riding for the Disabled Association) Tracey regularly took part in pony club, showing, show jumping and cross country as well as competing against able bodied competitors in dressage.
When Tracey was forced to stop riding, due to her increased disability she began her ambition to succeed in carriage driving. With a new pony and within three seasons she went from beginner to open and was well on her way when her pony sustained an injury and had to retire.
Following this setback Tracey decided to buy Bill, an established horse, and this proved to be a partnership that has taken Tracey to training towards selections for the Para World Championships in 2023.
I am working towards competing at International level and hope to go to Exloo in Holland in August 2023 competing on the Great Britain Para Carriage Driving Team. Being an equestrian is the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me, It is a way of life, It makes me happy when I achieve my goals.
Tracey has faced many challenges in life and has found that her Equestrian life has given her a sense of purpose and that her horses and the bond they share have helped her in many stressful times.
Horses never judge a person they are loyal companions that help us on a day-to-day basis physically and mentally
Tracey needs to raise £5000 plus to achieve her ambition to compete internationally and represent her country, we wish her much luck in her quest to become an International champion.