From Afghanistan to breaking records in the racing world WWTW Trustee Guy Disney to feature in ITV documentary
In 2009, whilst serving as a Captain in a cavalry regiment in Afghanistan, WWTW Trustee Captain Guy Disney’s vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
He suffered life-changing injuries, leading to a leg amputation. The guy was flown back to the UK and received treatment at Selly Oak in Birmingham.
Following a period of rehabilitation, Guy began to prove that his injury did not define him. In 2011, Guy joined Walking With The Wounded’s North Pole expedition and, in 2013 he ventured with the charity to the South Pole. He also applied for a license to ride with a prosthetic limb which was initially denied by the British Horseracing Authority. Guy was eventually granted his license in 2015, enabling him to start to make his mark in the racing world.
Throughout his early life, Guy had always had a passion for riding, having grown up in the heart of Jump racing in Gloucestershire. During his time in the Armed Forces, Guy competed in several horse races at an amateur level and following his rehabilitation, he continued to hone his skill and put himself to the test on the racing circuit. In 2017, he became the first amputee jockey to win a race at the Royal Artillery Gold Cup in Sandown and in 2018, he became the first amputee jockey to race over Grand National fences at Aintree.
Guy’s journey from Afghanistan to the racing circuit has been captured through a new ITV documentary which will air on ITV4 on Monday, April 11th at 9 pm and on ITV on Tuesday, April 12th at 11 pm.