New boost for horsewoman Emily Lawes

Para rider Emily Lawes on Drizzle who has been given sponsorship to help her compete
Para rider Emily Lawes on Drizzle who has been given sponsorship to help her compete

A nostalgia piece about rider Emily Lawes and her success having started with the Riding for the Disabled Assocation at the age of three has resulted in her finding new sponsorship.

Emily was “delighted” to hear from old friend Carol Raeburn of Harper’s Property who read Looking Back on Emily and her equestrian adventures as well as her struggle for funding.

Emily had told the Observer she is currently working towards qualifying for the Home International event at Vale View in Leicestershire, so was hoping any local businesses might be able to support her in this venture.

She admitted that many people wrongly believe that people involved with the sports of show jumping or riding are well off and said; “This is far from the case.”

She believes her new horse Ullyses “is going places” and said: “Dedication does pay off, as I have ridden Drizzle in France internationally, I’ve also ridden in Spain and Ireland.”

Emily added she was “thrilled” about the new sponsorship and said: “This will be a big help.”

Harper’s Property is a family run independent estate agents which recently opened their doors in St Leonard’s Road, Bexhill, and are pleased to be sponsoring Emily Lawes and her horses.

Harper’s Property Owner Carol Raeburn and Emily have known each other for over 15 years, which is in no small part due to their mutual love of all things equestrian.

Carol commented: “I have always admired Emily’s dedication and perseverance in the persuit of her goals.”

She added: “Emily is a great role model and excels in everything she does. We are very proud to be associated with her and are confident that she will continue to be successful. Harper’s Property will give Emily our full support and the team here are looking forward to a bright future with Emily and her horses.”

Anyone who would like to meet Emily and her team is invited to come down to St Leonards Road outside Harpers on Easter Saturday, which will be followed by a special Easter Egg hunt organised by Harpers in the town centre. You will be able to say hello to Drizzle and give him a favourite treat of a carrot or an apple. This special meet-and-greet takes place on April 4 10-2pm.