PARA dressage rider, Izzy Palmer has been in superlative form this year with a host of wins and championships to her name.
Just 13-years-old, Izzy has formed a fantastic partnership with Gregonne Coco Chanel, owned by Alison Duck. Izzy has ridden the talented bay mare for two years, and now 17, Coco is her dream ride.
Competing in Grade lll Para classes, Izzy was born with Cerebral Palsy and is fanatical about riding, giving her both freedom and a ‘buzz’ when competing and training.
Said Mum Caroline: “Izzy and Coco have a fantastic partnership and they have been in brilliant form. We are having a great season and are really enjoying all the competing and training.”
Izzy is sponsored by Black Country Saddles and rides in a Vinici Dressage Saddle which allows her to be close to the horse thanks to its single/mono flap design.
Their winning form started early in the year at the Winter Para Festival of Dressage at Vale View in Leicestershire, when heading the Grade III Para Championship and further wins followed at the Home International at the same venue when claiming the highest placed Junior Grade lll title before they headed the Grade lll Restricted Championship at Hickstead.
Izzy who trains with Angela Weiss, is mentored by Sophie Wells, also a member of the Black Country Saddles team.
Also competing in able bodied classes, Izzy is a member of the BEF Excel Talent Programme and has her sights firmly set on riding at top-level in her chosen sport.