Motor dealer helps dedicated Jake compete in championships

Posted on 11 Aug 2008

JenningsFord Direct has stepped in to support a partially sighted youngster from Durham who has qualified for the 2008 national riding championships.

11-year-old, Jake Ternent, is hoping to add another rosette to his collection when he takes part in the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) national championships, which will be taking place this weekend at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire.

This is the fourth consecutive year, dedicated Jake, who suffers from a rare genetic condition called leber’s congenital amaurosis, a degenerative disease that results in a severe loss of vision, has qualified for the championships.

Jake who was introduced to horse riding by teachers at his former school in Gosforth, has spent each Friday afternoon learning riding techniques at Newcastle and District RDA Group.

Despite having to move to a school in Durham, Jake was determined he wanted to continue the sport he enjoys so much.

Jake’s mum, Diane Ternent, said; “He absolutely loves riding and he’s really looking forward to the championships. We’re all so very proud of him.”

Up until recently, Jake and his family thought that he wasn’t going to be able to take part in this year’s championships, as a result of the riding school in Westerhope, being on the verge of closure.

When staff at JenningsFord Direct in South Shields heard that the dedicated youngster needed financial support in order to contribute towards the cost of the trip, they were more than willing to help.

Gavin Moffatt, sales manager at JenningsFord, said; “We are delighted to assist Jake and would like to wish him every success with the forthcoming Championships. He is an incredible little boy.”

Jake was diagnosed with leber’s congenital amaurosis when he was only six months old and was having a routine check up for a heart murmur at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

If you would like to support the Newcastle and District RDA Group with their fundraising please email dternent@btinternet.com or, for information about the RDA Championships, visit the website at www.riding-for-disabled.org.uk.

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