Anthea Gunner, Para Equestrian Paralympian


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Mosquitoes and Man Flu at Manfield

Posted by Anthea Gunner on February 22, 2018 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (7)

Well it seems it has been a while since my last blog!! Oops :)

After a couple of below par tests at South Island Champs it was with some nervousness that we packed the truck and float and headed north for the Bates Dressage & Para Dressage National Championships.

Brian had been chiro’ed, massaged, had his feet checked, and had a tune up under saddle prior to leaving so I knew that there was no reason for him to be a turd again, other than if he felt like it! Still he loo...

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The Power of PEMF

Posted by Anthea Gunner on October 12, 2016 at 3:15 AM Comments comments (2)

It’s been a long frustrating winter, after breaking my leg at the end of May. What started as a little spook escalated quickly when my rubber band on my foot snapped and whacked Brian in the side, causing him to jump sideways and an already slightly off balance Anthea had nowhere to go but off the side! Worse luck my foot got caught in the (safety!) stirrup and I ended up hanging off the side, where I was very pleased to have a sensible horse who stopped and stood still! However the dam...

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Posted by Anthea Gunner on January 11, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Today (11th January 2016) marks 10 years since my spinal injury – a decade that has bought so many memories both good and not so much. I thought I’d reflect on how far I’ve come, and some of the character building moments!

I don’t remember a lot about the accident, other than the long wait and the extremely painful journey down the hill on the hard board with the ambulance crew. I remember wondering if Frankie was ok, never really thinking about mysel...

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The Winter Slog

Posted by Anthea Gunner on August 9, 2015 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

As I sit here watching it try to snow (and fail so far!) it’s exciting to think that its ‘nearly’ spring (3 weeks and counting) although we have been lucky (??!! ) this winter has been relatively dry, although that doesn’t bode well for summer if it is this dry in August!

We have managed to dodge most of the winter weather, other than some spectacular frosts so far although trying to bring Brian back into work after his holiday has been slow going after battling ...

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Moving On

Posted by Anthea Gunner on May 28, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Once again I find myself playing catch up on a couple of months’ worth of updates! Time flies when you are having fun!

March bought the Dressage & Para Dressage Nationals in Feilding, where Mask was his usual superstar self, coming home with the champion ribbon and rug. It was my first time to Feilding and the facilities were very good, even if the weather wasn’t always! I was also very impressed with the Manfield Park Motel, fabulous customer service, rooms and the mos...

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Highs, lows & big decisions

Posted by Anthea Gunner on February 27, 2015 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year to you all, although it’s February already!

My year finished with a small local competition, Brian’s debut and Mask’s first time out since March 2014! Brian was a very good boy, perfectly behaved and even got a ribbon.

Mask was a complete turd, either not wanting to share the limelight with Brian, or still scared of the bogeyman in the hedge next to the arena, which was a real shame as when he did behave he was very good! I think he can go out on ...

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Onwards and Upwards & New Beginnings

Posted by Anthea Gunner on November 29, 2014 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Life has been a little bit crazy and a bit of a blur since returning to NZ at the start of September. I actually don’t know where the past 3 months has gone! I think it has perhaps blown past in the wind 

Mask has come back in to work slowly, and after ride #3 he decided he would just do what I was asking so that was great! We finally have the canter sorted and are ready to go and compete in able bodied classes now – in fact we would have done one show already except...

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WEG wrap up

Posted by Anthea Gunner on September 7, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Wrapping up from WEG

Well I am home now, trying hard to stay awake instead of crashing on the couch at 7pm! Our WEG journey is over and it’s time to rest, recover and regroup and see what the future holds.

Monday in Caen bought rain, rain and more rain, at one point we were worried that the stable block would flood, and had to make an emergency mission to the games village for waterproof jackets and gumboots. I rode, and got absolutely soaked – it’s always those ...

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Day 3 WEG - nearly business time

Posted by Anthea Gunner on September 6, 2014 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

WEG diary day 3: Not quite sure where the past 2 days have gone, it’s been really busy! Don has settled in really well, lapping it all up. We had a training session early on Saturday - it was a little tough for me as I was still tired and stiff from the travel but I got there eventually, and Don felt superb.

We spent some time watching the other nations train, and also managed a quick nosey in the main games village – its going to take some time to get round all the shops. ...

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And we are in

Posted by Anthea Gunner on September 6, 2014 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

And we are in! Big day travelling for us all, Don and Jen arrived bright and early this morning and are well settled in - loving the Team NZ decorations at his stable :) Don thinks it is all just awesome - he is super calm and relaxed and had a short session with Bella tonight to limber him up after the trip.

Bella, Jess and I left early from Stuttgart this morning on the TGV train. Seems there are more perks to being in a chair - first class seats for me! It was super comfy and was ni...

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