On Christmas Day 2018 Jennie Sharpe had emergency spinal surgery for cauda equina syndrome. Jennie had been dismissed by medical professionals and her treatment delayed. She was told she would never walk independently again and she definitely wouldn’t ride.
This understandably shook Jennie to her core,
“I completely lost my nerve and thought my career was over. I found life after CES extremely daunting. Some days I found it hard just to get out of bed, or even to just put one foot in front of the other.
Luckily, with a fantastic support team around me and sheer determination I got back on board and now I am competing once again!
What we don’t talk about enough is the mental strain CES puts on us. I feel extremely privileged to be asked to be an ambassador for this amazing charity, and hope that I can help others see that sometimes just putting one foot in front of the other is enough.”
Since her surgery Jennie has taken charge and hasn’t let CES hold her back. Jennie has competed in two international show jumping competitions, passed her HGV driving test, gained further sponsorship and built herself a really strong social media presence following. Jennie often shares sensitive and personal details on Instagram about her new life and living with CES. She posts reach out to others and raise awareness wherever she can.