by Carola Vyhnak
Special to the Star
With a leg up from an old wooden chair, Monica Barber swings into the saddle and off to the races, or at least the paces, as she and black mare Nicki move through the walk, trot, canter and low jumps at the Clarington facility where she takes weekly lessons.
Barber is 59. She’s battled through hip replacement surgery, breast cance and arthritis – all since taking up riding 10 years ago.