What goal did Mt Perry woman finally achieve?
ENDURANCE RIDING: Mt Perry's Trish Patterson achieved a goal she set herself by riding the 20km ride at Biggenden on Saturday.
Diagnosed three years ago with Multiple Sclerosis, Ms Patterson finally got the opportunity after three attempts.
"In the past something always came up,” she said.
"Riding is an absolute pleasure.
"It's what I live for.
"It gets me out of bed and out the house every day.”
With her horse Princess the pair were highly visible having bright pink bows down her main and tail and Trish in a similar coloured shirt
Ms Patterson said she'd been taking life altogether too seriously.
"I though it's time to lighten up, hence the bright pink,” she said.
She rode with her friend Tracey Murray and Princess' best mate, Dusty.
Before the race Ms Patterson said the pain would be worth it
Afterwards she said it was a great ride.
"All I expected it to be, was awesome,” she said.
"I finished two hours flat and vetted in.”
Ms Paterson said she was thrilled.
"I'm going to step it up and attempt 40km now.”
Ms Patterson figures you don't need legs to ride a horse.
"When you are faced with crappy stuff you have two choices, struggle against what is hard or accept it and find peace.
"I would rather be happy than struggling,” she said.
"When on the back of a horse I'm free.
"There is the emotional benefit when riding
"You have got to be in the moment and not thinking of other things when riding.”
She said pain wise it is very hard riding for her.
"To be honest Sunday and Monday I have been flat out walking,” she said.
Thinking towards the future she said when she can't get herself up onto a horse she'll train one to sit down so she can climb on.
"I have a young horse I am presently training with this in mind,” she said.
Of the event she said it was beautifully organised by everyone concerned.