Erin's Journey: Normandy 2014

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! 

  • Laurel Leiendecker 
    • $25 
    • 95 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $14 
    • 96 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 108 mos
  • CAVALLIS/Siggi Wolff 
    • $150 
    • 108 mos
  • Annie Mabry 
    • $50 
    • 108 mos
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