Blind and deaf rider wins rosettes – and helps develop innovative device – Horse & Hound

Credit: Tim Sturgess, Express & Star

A blind and deaf rider who also has Asperger’s syndrome has helped develop a device that allows him to ride more independently.

Richard Brumby, who is also a rock-climber, was presented with a shield by the Worshipful Company of Lightmongers. The award was in recognition of his progress in riding, as well as the “fundamental” role he has played in developing the device, which vibrates to tell him to turn, ride forward or stop, and is controlled by Doug Smith, his Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) coach.

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