16th November 2017
Equestrian head judge Doug Smith served for 21 years in the mounted police – until he broke his back in a horrific fall from a horse spooked by two speeding lorries.
Forced into early retirement, Doug turned his focus to Riding for the Disabled Association, which he was introduced to by a charity pin badge seller at the Horse of the Year Show while competing for West Midlands Police.
Dapper Doug, now 66, is adjudicating in the Working Trails discipline, which tests athletes’ practical riding skills.
He said: “The Special Olympics is the perfect combination of participation, performance and pride.”