Paralympian dressage rider Bert Sheffield (33) and her horse Double Agent inspired pupils at Bourne’s Willougby School during a heroes day this term.
The Canadian dressage star, who has rheumatoid arthritis and lives in Bourne, let her four-legged friend spend time with pupils in her capacity as the school’s Sports Ambassador.
Bert said: “Double Agent was the horse that I won the British Para Dressage Championships on in September and she was my reserve horse for the World Equestrian Games this year.
“We had a wonderful time at Willoughby School and Double Agent was fantastic as she nuzzled, blew on and kissed most of the students.
“It was truly humbling to see the magic that horses have in understanding, accepting and bringing joy to even the shyest youngsters.
“The work done by Adam and his amazing team of staff at Willoughby School is truly mind-blowing and I hope that I can carry on supporting them as their patron of sport.
“It is such a honour and a privilege to be part of this wonderful facility.”