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Learning without Limits Erik Mackechnie-Guire FBHS

Erik’s Mackechnie-Guire’s episode: Learning Without Limits (release date Friday 13 August) is the fourth episode in the series. In this episode Erik worked with recreational and para riders with limiting factors caused by accident and illnesses to show there really are no limits when you have the will to succeed! 

Erik Mackechnie-Guire FBHS

 Erik has more than 20 years’ experience working with high performance athletes including as a coach with the Team GBR Para-equestrian Dressage team and as Para-equestrian High Performance Manager with Team Australia. In May 2019 he was appointed as the BEF’s new Pathway Manager for Para-equestrian dressage.

Erik has competed up to Advanced level in dressage and is also an RDA Dressage Representative. In 2020 Erik was made a Fellow of the British Horse Society.

Julie Payne

Julie became the youngest person to gain her BHSAI, helping other riders and coaches achieve their goals. In 2013 Julie was diagnosed with a terminal neurological condition, Multiple System Atrophy, which enabled her to be classified as a para rider.

Julie managed to get to the National Championships as a Grade IV, coming third and fourth in Winter and Summer Championships. Before being reclassified as a grade I, winning the Winter Champion two years running on her own horse.

Diane Redfern approached Julie and amazingly offered the ride on her horse, Athene, and together they went to the European Championships to take triple gold! Following this, in 2018 Julie went through a few classifications changes before it was decided that she should be a grade II. Julie then took her horse to Doha and went on to win the team and individual tests. When Julie is not riding, she can be found wing walking, mountain climbing or abseiling for charity!

Marcelle Ward

It was quite late I life when Marcelle was diagnosed with congenital bilateral hip dysplasia. Marcelle started her para equestrian journey in 2014 and was originally classified as a grade V. In 2016, she was reclassified to a grade IV with an additional diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis.

Since being a grade IV Marcelle has continued to work hard at progressing herself as a rider and now also as a coach. The dream now is to go on and win a medal and, on her journey, inspire and mentor other riders. In 2017, Marcelle was selected for the British Equestrian Excel Talent Programme, then the new World Class Podium Potential Pathway, then moved up to the Podium Potential squad.

Marcelle also works as a site nurse practitioner in a local hospital, which she does on her mobility scooter. She also has own yard, with two of her horses being homebred and all of them being home-produced.



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