Ten year old Nathan (Natty) Dean-Grainger, who has bilateral implants, had great success at the RDA National Championships held at Hartpury College near Gloucester 12-14 July 2013. Natty came second in his dressage event and 5th in the closely marked Countryside Challenge to place second overall in his class in only his first year competing.
Natty is a student at Mary Hare Primary School for the Deaf in Newbury and trains at the Newbury branch of the Riding for the Disabled (RDA).
Natty received his awards from Paralympic Gold Medalist Sophie Christiansen. All of the UK Paralympic Equestrian Team started out riding with the RDA.
Details of the RDA and the UK National Championships (The largest event of its kind in the world) can be seen here.
Congratulations to Natty from all of us at the Auditory Implant Service!