Hayleigh's Story

"Even if I just touch a horse, I feel instantly calm. When I feel nervous, if I can do anything with a horse I instantly feel better."

 

At the tender age of six, Hayleigh had her first horse-riding lesson. What started with a spark of admiration for her equine companions quickly developed into a passionate lifelong activity. Hayleigh joined Riding for the Disabled at the age of 9, and for the past decade or more very few weeks have gone by without a riding session.

Hayleigh accesses transport with Multicap every Friday morning to get to the Samford riding school, where she spends the morning riding and grooming the horses. Hayleigh’s connection and communication with horses is very clear. After each riding session, she always spends time simply talking to and caring for them. The sessions, although exhausting, are a highlight of her week.

“It’s worth it,” Hayleigh explained. “Even if I get a bit sore, even though I need to go home and just sleep cause I’m so exhausted, it’s all worth it.” The connection with horses has given Hayleigh an unrivalled calming tool. “Even if I just touch a horse, I feel instantly calm. When I feel nervous, if I can do anything with a horse I instantly feel better.”

Hayleigh isn’t just a passionate horse-riding hobbyist. She is a state champion, winning a number of state medals in dressage over the last few years. A relative newcomer to competitive riding, Hayleigh was last year invited to represent Queensland at a national event, but much to her frustration wasn’t able to compete.

This year, she has once again set her sights on an impressive goal: state championships again, and possibly national competition to follow. But there is a greater dream in the back of her mind. 

“It’s been my dream since I was a teenager to be a Paralympic dressage competitor,” said Hayleigh. “I don’t know if I’d be able to reach it, but my support team know I’m working towards it. I’ve been competing since 2010, so I’m still learning.”

Multicap is proud to support Hayleigh in her passion, and our support workers love joining Hayleigh each week as she strives towards her goals. When she’s not riding, she is enjoying activities at Multicap Pine Rivers Hub, or going on weekly community adventures with our staff.

 


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