Para-dressage Hopeful Receives Boosting Primrose Award

Emma competing in BD Para Winter Championships 2017Emma Kent is a keen and exceptionally talented young Para-dressage rider, who has faced and still faces many physical challenges in her life. Though she has shown much grit and determination and has set herself a firm goal of competing in the next Paralympics in her chosen equestrian sport. As such, the CiaO Foundation are pleased to confirm her as one of our latest Primrose Award Recipients. 

Emma suffers from Holt Oram Syndrome, an extremely rare genetic condition, that affects the heart and the arms. As a result Emma has severely shortened abnormally developed arms. Due to the nature of her arm development, pressures placed on Emma's spine have caused a scoliotic curve leaving her with severe pain from nerve damage.  Now Emma contends with heart related conditions such as bradycardia, low blood pressure and sinus node disease on a daily basis.

Despite her physical challenges, Emma found horse-riding at a very young age, from which the passion for competing and chasing her dreams began. Para-dressage wins at RDA Regional and National level soon followed. In 2006 Emma was partnered with Gentle, a 15.3 hands high chestnut gelding. A partnership that has seen them win Junior and Young rider international titles, even being awarded the highest-scoring young rider in some competitions. Gentle and Emma have won the British Dressage Winter Grade III National title twice, the British Dressage National grade III title and have had International Senior titles.

Emma's commitment has been unwavering, even in the face of further illness and financial difficulties. At one point she found herself living in a horse box just to be close to her trainer and due to lack of funding. It is her determination and the strength of spirit that Emma has shown, in not allowing her challenges stop her, that gained much admiration with the Trustees at the CiaO Foundation. Chairman, Geoffrey Barber and Vice Chairman Andrew Hogge presented Emma with a Primrose Award of continued training with her coach, Angela Weiss, that will allow Emma to continue to develop reach her potential and get closer to her goal of representing Great Britain in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.  


David & Nathan receive their Primrose Award

“This new training will help me personally by helping to increase my self confidence when it comes to competing. These extra sessions are fundamental in increasing my skill in the competition arena, as I have previously lacked confidence in my ability due to other things that have happened to me in my life. With the Primrose Award, it is a real boost to realise people such as yourselves believe in me by giving me the award.”


“Emma not only has had to deal with her physical disability but has constant related health issues to address alongside . She is incredibly determined to succeed and has put up with significant hardship to achieve her goals .  She does all this with a smile and we wish her every success in achieving her goal of competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.”

Andrew Hogge – Vice Chairman, CiaO Foundation