Young British rider took three medals at Special Olympics World Games in LA

A young British equestrian who spends her summers riding at Rojales’s Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre has won three gold medals at the Los Angeles Special Olympics World Games.

Georgina Maton, 25, was part of Great Britain’s squad of more than 100 athletes with learning disabilities and competed against 170 other countries in the 2015 World Games from July 25 to August 2.

Georgina took out gold in equitation, dressage and working trail.

“I find lots of things hard and have had some difficult times in my life like school, but I understand horses – and they don’t judge me,” she said.

Georgina, who has been riding since age five, is a strong supporter of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre after riding there while her family vacationed in Spain about seven years ago.

“Georgina used to love riding in Spain to get her ‘horse fix’ – excellent training for riding in the heat of LA!” her mother, Barbara Maton, said.

Speaking from LA, Georgina praised the rescue centre for its important animal welfare work.

“The staff are friendly and the horses are relaxed,well cared for and enjoy their environment. I’m happy they stop people mistreating horses and care for them,” Georgina said.

The rescue centre, which relies solely on donations to fund its work, now houses more than 90 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from terrible situations of abuse and neglect.

Volunteers are desperately needed to keep its network of eight charity stores open, especially in the Pilar de la Horadada shop. Those interested in volunteering to work in the shops can call co-founder Sue Weeding on 652 021 980.

Donations of large items such as furniture are also sought, and a pick-up service can be arranged to collect them from your house. Each shop also offers a delivery service for large items purchased from the charity store.

The rescue centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga 59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month from 1pm to 4pm. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net

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