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Harry Enright defies the odds to pursue the dream of becoming the first British horseman with one hand

Harry Enright has a lifelong dream in the saddle as a teenager defies the odds to pursue the dream of becoming Britain’s first one-handed rider.

  • Teenager Harry Enright aspires to become Britain’s first one-handed rider
  • The 17-year-old has defied the odds to pursue his horse racing dream.
  • Enright was born without a left hand but has become fond of tennis, fishing and soccer
  • He accepts that there will be obstacles on the way, but he is eager to realize his ambition.


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Don’t try to tell Harry Enright that there are limits to what he can achieve.

The 17-year-old Londoner has already defied the odds and believes his horse racing journey is just the beginning.

Despite being born without a left hand, Harry graduated from two courses at the British Racing School in Newmarket, where the staff helped develop a special prosthesis that allows him to have two arms in contact with the reins.

Harry Enright believes there are no limits to what he can achieve in the midst of his horse racing dream.

Harry Enright believes there are no limits to what he can achieve in the midst of his horse racing dream.

Harry has now moved to Oxfordshire coach Lawney Hill and is riding five batches a day, perfecting his riding technique and gaining confidence by the day.

Not many would have bet that would happen when 14-year-old Harry told his mom Michelle and dad James that he wanted to become Britain’s first one-handed rider. But “it is not possible” is not a phrase recognized by the teenager who supports Tottenham.

Harry, who has no family connection to racing, said: ‘The answer I got from Mom was not what I thought it would be. I thought he would say, “We have to think about this, take it easy.” But it was, “Let’s go and do it.”

“If there is a challenge, there is no reason not to do it. Sometimes it takes a little time to gain confidence. But “fight” and “can’t do” are completely different things.

The 17-year-old Londoner aspires to become Britain's first one-handed rider.

The 17-year-old Londoner aspires to become Britain's first one-handed rider.

The 17-year-old Londoner aspires to become Britain’s first one-handed rider.

The British Racing School staff have developed a special prosthesis to help Harry ride.

The British Racing School staff have developed a special prosthesis to help Harry ride.

The British Racing School staff have developed a special prosthesis to help Harry ride.

“From a very young age, I have been told that if you want something so bad that they don’t put it on a plate, you have to go get it. That is what I am currently doing. I hope others can do the same. ‘

Harry’s life at the British Racing School was full of exciting possibilities, but also full of realism. They told him that if any obstacle became too onerous to overcome, the project would have to be shelved.

Everything that was done had to be supported by the safety of Harry himself, the horses he rode, and also his fellow students and, in the rest of the world, his co-workers.

Harry, who has played soccer, tennis, table tennis and loves to relax while fishing, said: ‘They told me I had to develop for the horse, the horse cannot develop for me. What we did had to be horse-friendly and we had to make sure it worked properly.

He has no illusions about the challenge ahead, but he is determined to make his big dream come true.

He has no illusions about the challenge ahead, but he is determined to make his big dream come true.

He has no illusions about the challenge ahead, but he is determined to make his big dream come true.

‘It has been tough and challenging. It’s hard work when working with racehorses. They are big and you have to stay energized.

“There are different challenges every morning, but I wake up, find love, and move on.”

Hill is no stranger to unusual racing challenges before. She was the coach who mentored and guided Victoria Pendleton through her journey from a gold medal Olympic cyclist to competing as an amateur jockey at the Cheltenham Festival.

Hill admitted: ‘We were really looking forward to it being a pretty tough job to do anyway, let alone if you only have one hand. But he hadn’t met Harry at the time.

Enright's driving has improved tremendously and he is eager to seize this opportunity.

Enright's driving has improved tremendously and he is eager to seize this opportunity.

Enright’s driving has improved tremendously and he is eager to seize this opportunity.

When he got here, he cantered on a horse he had never sat on, looked at me and said, “This is fine, isn’t it, Lawney?” and I thought, “it will.”

“His driving has improved enormously. We wouldn’t put him on the toughest shooters, but he’s working for that and he’s doing very well. ”

Harry admits he has a long way to go to graduate from boyfriend to riding a career.

He said, ‘I’m not saying I can and I’m not saying I can’t. But if I had the chance, I wouldn’t say no. I would take it with both hands, or in my case with one hand.

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