Posted: July 20, 2014
THE theme tune to Skyfall played out as Dame Judi Dench watched visually impaired children opening people’s eyes to the possibilities for disabled people during a horse riding display in Newchapel.
The highly respected Bond actress, who is a patron of East Park Riding for the Disabled Group, attended its Annual Fun Day at Little Brook Equestrian on Tuesday last week. Dame Judi presented rosettes and awards to the children.
The morning started with Simon Blight, one of the group’s disabled adult riders, giving an expert dressage display on his horse Don Rico.
Visually impaired children from St Stephen’s School in South Godstone, who ride weekly with East Park, displayed their skills by riding to music, including the theme from Skyfall.
A display of show jumping by Simon followed, but then the sky really did seem to fall as heavy rain interrupted and the prize giving took place under cover.
East Park provides opportunities for disabled children and adults to ride horses and prove that a disability doesn’t always equate to a limitation.
Dame Judi is a devoted supporter of the group and her own racehorse, Smokey Oakey, retired to Little Brook after she donated him.
Smokey gave a display himself and was rewarded with his favourite treat, a pack of Polo mints, from Dame Judi.
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edit: look at the bottom picture; the kid in the front row is hamming it up for the camera and judi’s pointing at him, just charmed by him.