Thomas horses around with Pat Parelli

Thomas was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus and epilepsy. As a result of his condition, Thomas is confined to a wheelchair and has had over 50 operations including major surgery to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain.

Despite this, he always has a smile on his face and never lets his disabilities get him down. Thomas adores animals and his biggest passion in life is ponies.

Thomas’ idol is American horse trainer Pat Parelli, who revolutionised the horse world by introducing a philosophy and a program called Natural Horsemanship.

Starlight granted Thomas’ wish to meet Pat Parelli at the Dublin Horse Show and Pat even let Thomas ride one of his horses!