EQUESTRIAN: A CHAMPION horse rider has been shortlisted for an award.
Pauline Pearce, of Kingsley, has been nominated for Vale Royal Sports Council's Sports Personality of the Year Award.
She was nominated after winning the National Freestyle Championship, as part of the annual Riding for the Disabled Association competition last summer.
Pauline suffers from cervical dystonia, a condition preventing her neck from supporting itself.
The awards ceremony, which recognises sporting success in 11 categories, will take place at Winsford Civic Hall next Saturday, with about 350 guests.
Pauline said: 'I was totally amazed at the nomination and at first I couldn't believe it, it was really unexpected.'
After loaning a horse for a year and exercising at local riding clubs, she came across the RDA in Llanfynydd, near Wrexham, where she started in dressage and flat work.
After entering the Kur, where horse movement is choreographed to music, she qualified for the National Freestyle Championship.
Pauline added: 'I have had a passion for riding since the age of 11 and when I discovered that I had developed the condition the doctors told me that I wouldn't be able to ride any more. I like a challenge and always go for it.'
Her ambition for the future is to own a horse and she is seeking sponsorship from businesses.
She said: 'It is my greatest hope to own my own horse while I am still able to compete at this level.'