Norman’s next stop on his global visit was to the United Kingdom. Famous for Big Ben, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and its diverse cultures from all over the world. Norman was amazed at the difference between the bustling cities and the vast tranquillity of the country side. Here horses like Secretariat, Sea Biscuit and Man O’War have gone down in racing history.
This was no ordinary visit for Norman, today he would meet one of his idols, Para-equestrian rider Roberta Sheffield. The 32-year-old disabled dressage rider, who lives in Bourne, has dual nationality and currently competes for Canada. Despite suffering from crippling arthritis, Roberta competes at international competitions and is in training for her next challenge, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, in August.
Norman met with Roberta
Roberta met Norman at Willoughby School in Bourne. She highlighted her own experience of beating the odds. Despite being told she would be wheelchair-bound by the age of 20 she now takes part in international riding competitions.
She told the students that “no matter how challenging a situation is they should aspire to do their best.” Norman was bowled over by her charisma and enthusiasm. Through her hard work and dedication she continues to succeed at her dream.
As Norman galloped out of the UK, he left knowing that Roberta had inspired so many young students. He was glad that Roberta had found strength in something she loves doing. Norman looks forward to catching up with her at the Games™ in August.