Riding high with a goal achieved

Cancer survivor Barbara Angel from Nettleden.
Cancer survivor Barbara Angel from Nettleden.

A horse enthusiast who says she’s lucky to be alive has achieved her goal to compete in a prestigious riding competition.

Barbara Angel from Nettleden took part in the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Championship with her horse, Name Is Bond, last week.

The inspirational housewife completed chemotherapy just a week before the contest, which involves dressage, show jumping and cross country disciplines.

Barbara, 57, had a mastectomy last October after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

She said: “My goal in life was to actually be here for the championship. I may not have won any prizes but my prize is that I have got life to actually enjoy my goal.”

She first entered the championship when it was launched in 2010 but broke her collarbone two weeks before. The next time it was held it was rained off, so Barbara had made it her goal to compete this time around.

A video interview, placed on You Tube by CotswoldProduction, has already attracted almost 8,000 hits.

Now preparing for radiotherapy, Barbara plans to write a book about her battle and hopes to inspire others.

Her advice to anyone who has recently been diagnosed with cancer is: “Be absolutely positive and also think that there is someone always worse off than yourself.

“Enjoy life in the present and don’t try to look too far into the future, but by the same token have a long-term goal and avoid as much stress as possible.

“Don’t be petty minded and enjoy life and live for now.”

>To watch the video click here