She had her first taste of eventing in 2007, and in 2012 she tackled her first Intermediate. Then in 2014, Boffie's life was quite literally rocked when she was involved in a serious car accident which left her future hanging in the balance.
She was given 30 minutes to live...and yet, just eight months later she was back in the saddle eventing.
For that reason, Boffie is my next #HeadstrongHero. Read her story here...
Boffie: "My name is Boffie Brown and I am 21 years old. I have been riding since I was six years old and have been hooked ever since. I first started eventing when a BE day ticket was bought for my 14th birthday present! To start with I competed on my Mum's horse, Magic Roundabout and I was on such a huge learning curve. Together we competed up to BE100 level. In the background, I was building up a partnership with my own horse Steve (Schumann). He is an ex-racer and so has always been a handful! Steve has been such an awesome horse and reached the dizzy heights of 1* level when I was just 17. A year later, he made my dreams come true when we completed our first intermediate with a clear XC!"
Headstrong Equestrian - In 2014, you were involved in a car accident and given 30 minutes to live. What happened, and what were your injuries?
Boffie: "On my way to work in February 2014, I was involved in a very serious car accident. I have absolutely no memory of the accident or the entire day. I believe I was at a junction and an oncoming car smashed into the drivers side of my car. I suffered a minor brain bleed, three broken vertebrae and my pelvis broke in three places. In addition, my kidneys were described as 'shattered'."
Boffie: "I was in hospital for three weeks and then there was a LOT of sitting still to follow! For the months to follow, there were plenty of visits back to both kidney and fracture clinics. I was so lucky to have such incredible treatment after my accident and I have no doubt that they saved my life. I was absolutely determined to get riding my horses again and to go eventing. I got hold of an exercise bike and used this for 90 mins a day and cycled 40km. The bike was great because, firstly, it gave me something to fill my day! It is also a non-weight bearing form of exercise so my pelvic consultants couldn't tell me off!"
Boffie: "I was back riding just 13 weeks after my accident. During my hospital stay, it was predicted that I wouldn't be riding until Autumn at the earliest, so this was such a huge boost!
"I had my first sit on my horse on 21st May and I was at a local dressage show on 24th May. Apparently it absolutely poured with rain that day but I was totally oblivious... I was in my own little bubble up on cloud nine!"
Headstrong Equestrian - Tell me about your eventing comeback?
Boffie: "My comeback has been a long road to recovery. There is no way this would have been possible without the incredible care of all of my doctors, consultants and paramedics- they were all amazing and don't get enough praise! My awesome family have been my emotional (and physical) crutch too!
"My comeback to eventing was at Lt. Downham in October. This venue is my local and so I had been schooling a few times in the months leading up to the event itself to gain as much confidence as I possibly could. I know the course pretty well there too, which is always nice when you are anxious! I wasn't nervous at all in the run up to the event. I had waited for so long and I just kept thinking how lucky I was to be fit, strong and healthy enough so that I could do what I loved. It must sound crazy but it's true!
"How it went: my dressage and show jumping were completely respectable- we got a 36 and knocked a pole SJ. My mare is so capable but I was unbelievably rusty and a tad short of match practice. I remember finishing my test- I don't think I've ever enjoyed this phase as much as I did that day! And XC, well.... it was amazing. I can't really put it into words! Even though it was only a BE90, I had the most incredible round. Coming through the finish line one second over the optimum time, was one of the best moments of my life.
"Mabel was the horse I rode at LD. She is a beautiful 16.1 by Welton Ambassador ex Welton Vivat (Welton Crackerjack.) We bought her just two weeks before I had my accident- typical! She is such a sweet natured horse. She was the horse that reintroduced me to riding this year- what a star. She had never done any eventing before living with me- she hadn't even seen coloured poles before! Mabel has had a hugely educational year and is proving to be very special. Roll on Season 2015!"
Headstrong Equestrian - Are you back to full fitness now or are there any ongoing ailments you have to cope with?
Boffie: "I would say I've made a full physical recovery really. My pelvic fractures have all mended nicely and my kidneys have healed well too. I do suffer with minor aches and pains in my back sometimes, but nothing too major!"
Headstrong Equestrian – What are your aims for next season?
Boffie: "My aims for next season are pretty simple: I want to go eventing more than once!
"If my accident taught me anything, it is to make the most of life and enjoy every second. I believe I have been given a second chance and I feel so lucky now."
Headstrong Equestrian - I understand you have also been fundraising for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, who saved your life. How have you been raising money and why was it important to you?
Boffie: "Fundraising for EAAA has been such a team effort between my wonderful family and myself. I really wanted to give something back to them because I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them. My brothers and I took part in the Colour Run at the Olympic Park in September 2014, which kicked my campaign off the day after my 21st birthday.
"I also organised a charity showjumping show in October which raised over £700! Next year, there are a few plans in the pipeline including doing Tough Mudder- a terrifying prospect! I have already had masses of fun raising money for this brilliant charity and hope it continues. For anyone interested in my fundraising adventure please visit my Just Giving page here."
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