Classic Canes has sponsored West Country-based para dressage rider Edward Chanin since 2010. Please also visit Edward's website

Edward's story:
Edward, 30, is a former show jumper and jockey. In 2001, whilst working in a racing yard, he sustained a serious head and back injury in a schooling fall. He was on a life support system for several weeks and the accident resulted in him being paralysed on his right side. He was determined to ride again and is now a competitive dressage rider (Grade Two para dressage).

Edward needs a stick to walk, so we are delighted to have supplied him with a wardrobe of sticks and seat sticks. We are also providing financial support towards practical needs such as specially-designed reins, competition numnahs and horse rugs. As a stick user who attends a wide variety of sporting and social events, he is the ideal brand ambassador for Classic Canes and has also provided us with some very useful feedback on our products.

Edward says, "I am very pleased to be sponsored by Classic Canes. I now have a wonderful choice of walking sticks, including rustic thumbsticks for everyday use, folding seat sticks for use at competitions and a smart, chrome horse's-head cane for evening events. My favourite is a carved ramshorn shepherd's crook. It is fascinating to realise how many different types of walking sticks are available and that there is a suitable stick for everyone, however young or old."

Edward is trained by Nina Venables and Irene Perrett and it is his ambition to represent his country as part of the national team. Edward has also recently been selected for a para inspiration programme. He will be watching the Paralympics carefully this summer and has his sights set on Rio in four years' time. His current horse is the magnificent 'My Rubicon', known to his friends as Roddy. He has recently added some new mirrors to his arena to help with their training.

When Ed married his wife Marie in 2012, we made a special silver-topped, extra long walking stick for Ed to use on his wedding day. The sun shone, Ed and Marie rode in a decorated trailer behind a vintage tractor, and Ed's horse, Roddy, was at the farm to greet them after the marriage ceremony, with smart ribbons woven through his mane. Ed and Marie have recently had their first baby: Grace Amelia Lucy.

Recently, Ed has started to ride using two hands, with the help of specially adapted reins and gloves. He is having rehabilitiation physiotherapy and hopes, after all these years, to regain some movement in his hand and arm.

Edward's News and Results:

June 2014 - "Roddy and I have just had a fantastic few days at Hickstead for the summer championships. Roddy was a real pleasure to compete and we came third. Now busy training with Adam Kemp and Irene Perrett for the Para International 3*** at Hartpury." - Ed.

6th June 2014 - Edward and Roddy are having a good start to the summer season. They have qualified for the summer championships at Hickstead at the end of June. They have also been nominated to compete for Great Britain at Hartpury Para Dressage 3*** in July. Edward is busy training with Adam Kemp and Irene Perrett each week as well as going to the gym and having sports physio.

As part of the Injured Jockeys' Fund 50th anniversary, Ed has been asked to do a para dressage display at Barbury International Horse Trials on Sunday 6th July alongside Laura Collett and Kauto Star; a fantastic day should be had by all. Ed will also do a display in the main ring at the Mid Devon Show on 27th July 2014.

West Wilts, 15th May 2014
Individual test (KBIS qualifier) 69.4%
Able bodied elementary 42 Test 64.7%

Cricklands, Mount Ballen, 14th May 2014
Individual test (summer qualifier) 71.43%
Team test 69.85%

Bicton Equestrian Centre, 19th January 2014
Team Test: 70.57%
Individual Test: 68.97%

7th November 2013: Congratulations to Ed and Marie on the birth of their daughter, Grace Amelia Lucy Chanin.

Mount Ballen, Saturday 19th October 2013
Team Test 67.65% (1st)
Individual Test 70.57% (1st)

Mid Devon Show, Saturday 27th July 2013
Edward has been asked to perform two displays at the show this year. He has also been accepted for the Hartpury Para International 3*** Grade 11 Open.

Hickstead Para Summer Championships, 21st & 22nd June 2013
Individual test: 61.93% (5th)
Team test: 65.34% (2nd)

Mount Ballan, Wales, 7th June 2013
KBIS Qualifier
Individual test: 65% (1st)
Team test: 68% (1st)

Golden Horseshoe Ride, Exmoor, 12th May 2013
Four para riders are taking part on a 15 mile course. Good luck to Edward and his borrowed horse, Russell!

Mount Ballen, Wales, 8th May 2013
Team test 68.82%
Individual test 67.14%

Wellbeck, Exeter 5th May 2013
Team test 75.55%
Inidividual test 73.89% (Hickstead qualifier)

Nirvana Spa Championships, Hartpury, 10th April 2013
Individual test: 64.90% (2nd). An excellent result - many congratulations Ed!

KBIS Finals, British National Dressage Championships, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, 14th September 2012.
Individual test: 66.19% (3rd)
"Roddy looked very smart wearing the Classic Canes saddle square", Ed.

Allens Hill, Worcestershire, 8th September 2012:
Team test: 71.67% (1st)
Individual test: 72.62% (1st)
Both tests count towards qualifying points for the Hickstead 2013 finals.
Terrific results - well done Ed!

August/September 2012: Ed attended the Paralympics in London to watch and learn (for Rio....?)

25th/26th August 2012: Ed attended the Paralympic Inspiration Programme at Bath University.

Bishops Burton, Yorkshire, August 2012: 2* Para Dressage Competition
Day 1: team test: 68.25%
Day 2: individual test: 69.13%
Final overall result: 68.69 (2nd)
NB The overall winner was Laura Barwick of Canada, who is competing in the Paralympics in London. Edward and Roddy also received a subsequent editorial mention in Horse & Hound.

3rd - 5th July 2012: Ed competed at Para 3* international at Hartpury

30th June & 1st July 2012: Edward attended the World Class Training event at Stow.

Hickstead, Para Dressage Championship, June 2012
Team test: 60.12%
Individual: 59.05%

David Broome's Equestrian Centre, Cricklands, 9th May 2012
Para Grade II: 69.75% (1st)
Para Grade II: 66.93% (1st)

Kings Equestrian Centre, Bromyard, Herefordshire, 1st May 2012
Para Grade II Team Test Open: 69.04% (1st)
Para Grade II Championship Test Open: 70.95% (1st)
Edward and his horse, My Rubicon, are now fully qualified for the para finals at Hickstead in June.

Nirvana Spa Para Dressage Winter Championships,Hartpury Equestrian Centre, Gloucestershire, Wednesday 18th April 2012
Para Grade II: 64.88% (4th)
- many congratulations on this excellent result from us all at Classic Canes!!

Moreton Equestrian Centre, Dorset (Hickstead Qualifier), April 2012.
Para Grade II: 68% (1st) and 70% (1st)

Para Winter Qualifier, Kings Equestrian Centre, Bromyard, 10th January 2012
Para Grade II (team): 66.66%
Para Grade 11 (individual championship): 68.57%

19th November 2011: Ed bought a new horse. My Rubicon ('Roddy') is an eleven year old 17.1hh black Hanoverian gelding.

International Para Dressage Competition, Hartpury of Festival of Dressage, 13th July 2011
FEI Para Team Test Grade II: Tarina 67.81 (7th) and Rhadamanthus 65.14 (11th)

Hickstead, British Para National Championship, 24th & 25th June 2011
Para Grade II: Tarina 62.62% (5th) and Rhadamanthus 61.67% (7th)
Para Grade II Team: Rhadamanthus 63.57% (7th) and Tarina 61.67% (8th)

Hartpury Equestrian Centre, Gloucestershire, 13th April 2011
Winter Para Dressage Championship - Grade II: 52.86% (7th)

Home Farm, Cheltenham, 12th March 2011
Team Test - Para Grade II: 67.6% (1st)
Individual Test - Para Grade II: 65.2% (2nd)
This event was a Hickstead points qualifier; Edward gained seven points towards the total of 16 he requires to qualify.

Allen's Hill Equestrian Centre, Pershore, Worcestershire, 18th February 2011
Team test - Para Grade II: 69.05% (1st)
Individual test - Para Grade II: 66.67%. (1st)

Berkshire College, Maidenhead, Berkshire, Saturday 5th February 2011
Para Grade II (non-qualifier): 66.16% (1st)
Para Grade II (Winter qualifier): 66.66% (2nd)

Team Test and Individual Para Grade II Championship
Home Farm Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, 13th November 2010
Team Test - Para Grade II 67.61% (2nd)
Individual Para Grade II Championship 67.10% (1st)

British National Dressage Championships
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, Friday 10th September 2010
KBIS Dressage Finals (Grade II) 70.16% (2nd) (3rd overall across all grades)
Edward also won the British Dressage Supporters' Club rug as the highest placed member in the para classes.

Qualifier for British Para Dressage Championship
Allens Hill Equestrian Centre, 4th September 2010
Para Dressage Team Test (Grade II): 63.55% (1st)
Para Dressage Individual Championship Test (Open) (Grade II): 70.00% (1st)

Qualifier for British Para Dressage Championship
Home Farm Equestrian Centre, Cheltenham, 28th August 2010
Para Dressage Team Test (Grade II): 71.90% (1st)
Para Dressage Individual Championship Test (Open) (Grade II): 67.14% (1st)

FEI CPEDI3* International Para Dressage Competition
Hartpury Arena, 14, 15, 16th July 2010
FEI Para Freestyle Test (Grade II): 67.75% (6th)
FEI Para Individual Championship Test (Grade II): 62.22% (8th)
FEI Para Team test (Grade II): 65.71% (6th)

Welsh Festival of Dressage
Mount Ballon Manor, Monmouthshire: 5th June 2010
Warm up class: 69% (1st)
KBIS British Equestrian class (Grade II): 70% (1st)
2nd overall in all grades!!