He had been a professional jockey since he was 18.
But when a bad fall in 2017 left him paralysed from the waist down and utterly demoralised, Mr Sam Subian wondered if he could ever pursue his passion again.
A year after the accident, he ended up following his interests in a way he did not expect - as a sports adviser for horse riding at sporting goods retailer Decathlon.
Mr Subian, 47, told The New Paper: "At first, I felt bad about my disability and I wasn't sure how to cope. I even shut myself out from the people who cared.
"But I have gained some confidence along the way, and now I'm happy to be working in an environment where I feel accepted and supported."
Mr Subian, who is a wheelchair user, acknowledges the challenges he faces at work, such as being unable to reach for items placed high up on shelves - but he remains unperturbed.