I am a Seattle-area based disabled equestrian, working towards representing the United States at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014, and the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.
I became involved in para equestrian in 2006, and since then have had the incredible experience of competing (and winning!) at multiple international competitions in North America and even Australia. I had the incredible experience of competing at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, the first year that disabled riders were included in this amazing event. I am so excited about the opportunity to return to WEG, and my ultimate goal is to bring home a medal.
I live with a rare condition that is a result of a genetic condition that caused low muscle tone and some impairment of coordination, that combined with nerve damage resulting from a severe illness in college. Since I have lived with this condition for some time, I have adapted fairly well, and many people are unaware that I do not feel my feet or parts of my hands, or that I have muscle weakness.
One of my greatest joys in having been a part of the para equestrian program over the past 6 years is seeing the sport grow, the quality of riding and horses improve, ever-increasing acceptance of para athletes at able-bodied events, and push for us to "raise the bar".
That being said, as the sport grows, as do the costs. My campaign over the next year and a half will easily cost upwards of $50,000. These costs include horse care, training, travel to Selection trials, and costs associated with competition (show entries, for example).
I am looking to build my "Team" of sponsors and supporters as I work towards bringing home the Gold!