Marie VDH ParaRider

$26,879 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 152 people in 4 months
Created March 6, 2019
37562224_1561477412856990_r.jpeg37562224_1561477575869384_r.jpeg37562224_156147762073652_r.jpeg37562224_1561477648734743_r.jpeg37562224_1561477739265733_r.jpegMy name is Marie, I am  28 years old and was professional rider.  As we say, when you fall off a horse, you need to get back on immediately. Well, it took me two years to be back in the saddle.

I started riding horses as a little girl, I quickly became passionate and started competitions at the age of 8! I was performing in Three Day Eventing, winning many awards, every week end on shows. I became the  French gold medalist Grand Prix in 2008, later was part of french team in European championship-
                                                                                          Today, for me,  this is hard to believe. 

After my graduation, I joined the renowned French National Riding School in Saumur, where I completed my studies as a Bachelor in business & management, I also became a certified riding trainer and instructor and continued competing, while spending lots of internships with international riders in Germany and France.
In 2013 I was hired as a pro rider in Lexington Kentucky, and later moved to Wellington Florida to work for an international show jumping rider! I felt fortunate to put my experience at work.

                                                                               Until that tragic fall on  February 20th 2015 

I suffered  severe traumatic brain injuries which left me in an induced coma for 8 weeks at St Mary s Hospital West Palm Beach, and 8 months on life support at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta GA . Every day my beloved family wondered if I would live or die.

                                                            Despite doctors diagnosis :   “She will never speak, hear or walk“, 
I am now able to fight for my future again! Four years went by as I endured multiple brain, eye and ear surgeries, intensive speech, physical, occupational therapies, struggling back on horse again during Therapeutic Riding sessions. Today, I can walk with assistance and express myself, but I have memory loss, balance issues, right side weakness, difficulties to speak and to coordinate gestures, my brain and body have slowed down.

       I know I will never compete as a world-class cross-country champion again. This dream is gone forever,  
                                                         But my life has to go on, I have to hope for new horizons and goals.

I know I am strong enough to be a Paralympic rider, and ride towards the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.  Isn't this truly exciting!?  My determination, motivation,  hard-training on my new horse will lead me,  but this project implies even more commitments and financial sacrifices from my entourage.

I  humbly ask for a gift  to kick-start my new life as a severe traumatic brain injured paralympic athlete, and to support this journey of healing and hope!

You are part of this adventure and I thank you from all my heart. 

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wwwhitefencedressagecom I am riding my tests this saturday to train and repeat ! I wanted to tell you this is all thanks to your caring and support !! many many thanks
je monte les reprises de dressage samedi a Loxahatchee pour m entrainer et repeter... ceci grace a vous tous qui me soutenez et m encouragez merci encore et encore !!
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here is my daily schedule ...
wake up at 7am. Before riding I spend 45 mn doing coordination an balance exercises - Then we drive to the stables and prepared the horse and ride on figures, tests, balance etc...
lunch and nap - in the afternoon, I do Physical therapy and Speech or cognitive therapy !!
Then I go back to the stables to take care of Louie again !! or my mother goes alone if I am tired
then diner and sleep
I miss you all and family !! talk to you soon !!and thank you all for your help
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En route to Rancho Murietta. CA.... Thursday at 10 am, Marie is tested for paradressage FEI classification.
Good luck Marie !
we will keep you posted
En route pour Rancho Murietta CA
jeudi a 10h Marie passera Les tests de classification FEI
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Dear friends,
The last 2 weeks have been very hectic. On top of the daily challenges (not forgetting my equipment, having a good physical preparation and being on time) I have been training for a week-end long competition while looking for a new house.
Aaaannnndddd I am very proud to share that I have ranked #2 - all Grades combined! :)

I hope you come and visit me soon in beautiful Wellington FL - THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT

This picture shows my crew! From left to right: Cecile (my mom), Eleanor (owner of London Swing), London Swing (horse) and me!
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