Beswick triplets from Exmouth hang up riding hats after 13 years therapy in saddle
PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 August 2018
Three disabled brothers from Exmouth have hung up their riding hats and headed to college after 13 years in the saddle.
Identical triplets Jamie, Ross and Dean Beswick, from Exmouth, took up horse riding when they were just three years-old, with the Acorn and Squirrels of Exeter for the Disabled Group.
All three boys suffer from cerebral palsy and as well as a new hobby, the riding formed part of their therapeutic treatment.
Now, 13 years on, the brothers are getting ready to take on new challenges at college, in September.
Group instructor and trustee at Acorn Squirrels of Exeter, Sue Veale, said: “The boys have been coming every week since then and we have seen them progress hugely;
“Jamie and Ross are now walking. Dean is in a wheelchair, and gave up about four years ago.
“The improvement to their well being and strength in their bodies, through the movement of the horse, has be significant. They didn’t realise every time they rode they were having physio.”
Sue explained horse riding can be beneficial for improving mental health as well as physical.
“Horses seem to have a sense of when someone has a disability on their back,” she said. “You make friendships and you can be independent up on the horse.
“For people in wheelchairs, for once they are looking down on you rather than the other way around.”
As the triplets’ riding improved over the years, they were able to perform and win rosettes in various competitions.
One of their most notable performances was a musical ride in front of the Princess Royal, in 2008, dressed as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘oompa loompas’.
Sue says she feels ‘incredibly proud’ of everything the boys have achieved and the fact they have stuck with riding for so long.
She said: “We will miss the boys, and for a good bye present we gave them each an engraved tumbler so they will remember their time with us.
“We wish them good luck for everything they do in the future.”
Disabled riding groups like Acorn and Squirrels of Exeter, work closely with health professionals and aim to offer professional riding tuition, tailored to people’s capabilities.