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Injured soldier rides for charity
By Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire

Lt Guy Disney and Toni Terry
Lt Guy Disney has ridden for Nicky Henderson and Kim Bailey

An injured soldier who formerly rode as jockey for famous Lambourn trainer Nicky Henderson is to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.

Lt Guy Disney lost his lower leg after a rocket-propelled grenade attack on his armoured vehicle in Helmand.

Now back in the saddle, Guy is to take part in a charity event with a suitably equine theme: a horse ride from Ascot Racecourse to Windsor.

Also taking part will be Toni Terry, wife of England Captain John Terry.

The ride, which will take place in the glorious setting of Windsor Great Park, will raise money for Help the Heroes charity which provides assistance to injured ex-servicemen.

Lt Disney, who served in the Light Dragoons, is all too aware of the importance of the help with rehabilitation that charities such as Help for Heroes can supply.

The lieutenant was injured while out on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. "I was in a vehicle and a rocket came through the window," he said.

Despite being badly wounded, Guy retained control of his vehicle until he was rescued by a Chinook and transferred to Selly Oak hospital, before going to Headley Court Military Hospital.

And shortly into his rehabilitation, Guy was back in the saddle.

"I had to go to rehabilitation at Headley Court, and I thought I would try going for a ride," said Guy. "I just jumped on, and I was fine."

"I did a lot of racing when I was growing up, and I rode from when I was young."

Guy has been riding frequently during his rehabilitation, and owns a pony which he has had since the age of 14 and a race horse. He will go back to work soon in the army, in a job looking after soldiers' welfare, but also hopes one day to race again.

Lt Guy Disney and Toni Terry
Lt Guy Disney has ridden for Nicky Henderson and Kim Bailey

"I hope to ride racehorses again. It would be amazing, but I don't know if it will be possible," he said.

Guy said that many injured soldiers found exercise helped their rehabilitation.

"Exercise for anyone is good," he said. "It depends what the injury is, but some injured servicemen are taking part in the Paralympics."

Horses for Heroes will see thousands of participants ride from Ascot Racecourse to Windsor Great Park on Saturday 10 July 2010.

The event will be approximately five miles long, starting from Ascot racecourse, going to the Jubilee Statue in Windsor Great Park, and culminating in a ride around the track and past the finishing post at Ascot racecourse.

The ride is open to anyone who has access to a fit, healthy horse or pony and would like to raise money for a great cause.

It is hoped the event, which will also be attended by Toni Terry, aspiring dressage rider and wife of England and Chelsea Captain John Terry, will raise up to £1m.

Guy is also organising a ball at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday February 13 2010 in order to raise money for Help for Heroes.




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