Crippling fall no handicap to Emma's horse-riding success
The 25-year-old, from Inverness, has mastered trotting, cantering and even jumping on her Irish thoroughbred Murphy, after suffering serious injuries when she fell off a friend's horse five years ago.
She said: "Murphy is a truly amazing horse. After the accident, from the moment my dad first lifted me onto him, straight away Murphy realised something was up.
"It was as though he sensed I had no balance, and that I couldn't grip with my legs.
"But between us we managed to come to an understanding about what I needed him to do."
Emma, who started riding when she was four, suffered her back injury in August 2005.
"As soon as I landed on the ground I was sure that it was a pretty serious injury. I landed on my bum and lower back, with my legs bent underneath me."
She is urging more disabled people to take up dressage by visiting www.riding-for-the-disabled.org.uk.