Posted on: 18 March 2016

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We are very pleased to announce that Maggie Sargent & Associates are sponsoring British Eventer, Laura Collett.

Laura Collett is a 26-year-old professional Event Rider. She started eventing through the pony club in 2003, after a successful career in the show ring.

In 2005 Laura won Team Gold and Individual Bronze at the Pony European Championships on Noble Springbok. In 2006 she became the youngest ever winner of a CCI** and won Team Silver and Individual Gold at the Junior European Championships on Fernhill Sox.

Laura won her first Advanced in 2007 with Fernhill Sox and became the first British rider to ever win back-to-back Junior European titles when Rayef won Team and Individual Gold. In 2009 she won Team and Individual Gold at the Young Rider European Championships with Rayef.

Laura is very proud to have produced all three of her medal-winning rides from the beginning of their eventing careers. Rayef gave Laura her first Badminton experience in 2011, when they finished eighth, which led to her debut at the Senior European Championships. Laura was first reserve for London 2012 Olympics.

Laura states: “2013 was a year to forget”.  She had a very bad fall in July, which left her in a coma for week; she fractured her shoulder, punctured a lung, lacerated her liver, broke two ribs, and permanently lost the sight in one eye. In Laura’s words, “I owe an awful lot to the world-class programme, who allowed me to go to Oaksey House for my rehab, and the amazing team at Oaksey House who helped me get back to full fitness in a very quick time! I was told I was suspended for six weeks so I entered my first event for seven weeks after my fall and was lucky enough to be passed by the doctor”.

In 2014 Laura won a Bronze medal with Pamero at the 7yo World Championships. In 2015 she represented Team GB with Grand Manoeuvre at the Senior European Championships, where they finished 13th.

To end 2015, Mr Bass, a horse she had produced from a 4yo, became the 7yo World Champion.

At the age of just 26 years old, Laura’s strength and determination really is incredible. She continues to show the commitment and hard work that is required to ride and win at the highest level. She is an inspiration – proving dreams do come true when you work hard for them.

Attached here as a pdf is an article from Horse & Hound about how she made an amazing "sporting comeback".

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