In the past 12 months, Charlotte Tarrant from Havant in Hampshire has overcome total renal failure, dialysis and a kidney transplant. But now the courageous 17 year old is ready to face an even tougher challenge as she has been selected to take part in a national competition to find the future star of British Eventing.
Quest-X is a new ‘reality TV’- style hunt for up-and-coming talent to be run at this year’s Windsor International Horse Trials later this month. Charlotte is one of just over 100 hopefuls from up and down the country who are hoping to be picked out for a year’s professional coaching by Pippa Funnell, Olympic medallist and winner of this year’s Badminton Horse Trials.
17 year old Charlotte is a student, and started riding almost before she could walk, at just 18 months! When diagnosed with kidney failure she used her first love of riding to get her through the darker times.
Mum Sheila comments;
‘Charlotte is a very special young lady and we are immensely proud of her and her achievements over the last 2 years. We bought Bolder for her when she was first diagnosed with total kidney failure and had just undergone surgery to enable her to dialyse herself at home. She was very weak at that time and Bolder had recently come off the race track and was also very unfit, so they took it slowly, she gaining strength and him learning how to turn corners etc!
Last January Charlotte had the wonderful gift of a kidney from her father, who by a fluke of nature, was found to have 3!! The transplant went well but just as Charlotte and Bolder started to get down to some serious work, she had a set back, a nasty virus called CMV which really sapped her strength for quite a few months, but that didn’t deter her, she was back in the saddle or with Bolder as often as possible.
Her shear hard work, guts and determination have got her to her current standard, thus enabling her to qualify for the Quest-X competition and hopefully realise her dreams – but of course to us she is a winner and a star anyway!’
The winner of Quest-X has to show they are capable of making it to the top and will win a years professional coaching from Olympic champion and very recently the winner of the Badminton Horse trials; Pippa Funnell.
Up to 100 Contestants have been put forward and selected from riding clubs across the UK, all novices that have reached a ‘reasonable’ standard in dressage, show-jumping and cross country.
The competition will take place at this years Windsor Horse Trials and spectators are encourage to come along and vote for the person they feel has the x-factor to make it to the top.
The competition begins in Windsor Great Park on the 25th of May and will run in conjunction with the Windsor Horse Trials, through to the Sunday 29th
For more information on Quest –X see www.quest-x.co.uk
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