Local RDB Rider To Represent Portugal In 2019 Special Olympics

A rider from Riding For The Disabled (RDB) which is based in Bensafrim just outside Lagos has been chosen to represent Portugal in next year’s Special Olympics World Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Lucelia Gloria has been chosen as one of the four riders (plus two reserves) who will make up the Disabled equestrian team. Lucelia only started riding when Riding For The Disabled was formed in 2007. There will be an awful lot of work for Lucelia to do between now and March of next year.

In addition to Lucelia the Portuguese Olympic committee have also chosen to take Riding For The Disabled’s instructor, Sue Wilson and physiotherapist Angela Mesquita as part of their support team. Sue and Angela will work with the whole of the Portuguese team not just the equestrian team. So impressed with the dedication and professionalism of Sue and Angela, the Portuguese Olympic committee have decided that Lucelia can do the majority of her training in Lagos and not have to travel up north on a weekly basis like the rest of the riders. This will save on both time and cost. Lucelia’s training will involve not only Sue and Angela but some of the volunteers from Riding For The Disabled.

Lucelia is pictured with Sue (left) and Angela (right).

If you would like to sponsor Lucelia in any way or make a donation towards the cost of sending Lucelia, Sue and Angela to Abu Dhabi please contact David Hibbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you.

Lucelia Gloria

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