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Disability no barrier for Aberdeen's Wendy Dixon’s equestrian pursuits

Thu, 13 Jul 2017, 02:23 PM

Muswellbrook Chronicle, 10 July 2017
 
We all know that feeling when we meet someone who shares our passions – the excited anticipation of meeting a kindred spirit whose love equals your own. 
 
This was what happened when Aberdeen’s Wendy Dixon found her support worker Janell. 
 
A love of horses unites the pair and has seen them travel throughout NSW to watch them compete.
 
Wendy suffers from Huntington's Disease, a genetic neurodegenerative condition, and was facing the heartbreaking possibility she may have to give up her beloved horses. 
 
“I’ve had a passion for horses all of my life,” she said.
 
“I had been competing in dressage for 20 years, but I have been unable to compete myself since being diagnosed with Huntington’s. 
 
“I have also been breeding horses myself for many years and have had to pay people to train them instead of being able to train them myself before selling them on.”
 
A chance recommendation by her genetics counsellor John Connegan from Huntington’s NSW led Wendy to approach Challenge Disability Services and their support worker Janell, who has experience working with people with Huntington’s. 
 
And what a lucky chance it was.
 
The camaraderie between Wendy and Janell is clear – and the pair takes pleasure in sharing their hobby. 
 
Janell supports Wendy 20 hours per week, the tasks they accomplish depend on what Wendy wishes to achieve at the time. 
 
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