Lara Oles Para Equestrian

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My name is Lara Oles and I am a Para Equestrian working towards competing in the 2018 World Equestrian Games.  Although my husband and I both work full time, training and showing on a competitive level is expensive. Lessons, equipment, and horse care all add up.

I am looking for funding to help support this endeavor. Become a part of Team LOPE, any amount can help, and you can share in all our successes.  I am open to accepting business sponsorships as well.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

Sincerely,


Lara


Biography
My name is Lara Oles and I am a Para Equestrian. I was in a freak skiing accident in 2006 that damaged my spinal cord, leaving my right arm permanently paralyzed and stroke- like symptoms in my right leg. My goal is to represent the United States on the Para DressageTeam.

If you are like me, before my accident I thought that the Paralympics were named because the athletes are paralyzed; but there are many other physical impairments that can classify someone as a Paralympian. In fact, "para" comes from the Greek preposition meaning "beside or alongside", illustrating that the Paralympics are parallel to the Olympics, and the two movements exist side-by-side.

I took dressage and jumping lessons in high school, but most of my riding was in the woods and orchards, or on the dunes and beaches of Michigan. My first horse after college in 1991, was a thoroughbred off the track and I had big plans for him in dressage. We trained at a Dressage barn in Wisconsin and had some initial successes at schooling shows. Unfortunately, he went lame within a year and I got so poor and discouraged trying to heal him, I decided to stick with trail riding for the next 18 years.

In the fall of 2010, I attended the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky and watched the Para Dressage freestyle competition. Those amazing athletes inspired me to try dressage again.  I started out taking therapuetic riding lessons, then in 2012 I began training with Annie Sweet at the Sage Creek Equestrian Center in Heber City, Utah.  My husband Dan and I both applied and took new jobs in Salt Lake City.  We move from Wyoming so that I could train 5 days a week with the goal of making the United State Para Dressage Team. 

In November 2015, my horse Bella and I placed in the Top Ten at the Para Dressage Nationals.
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I am so grateful to everyone who contributed to our Florida Campaign! While I was initially disappointed that we did not make it the Qualifying show in Wellington due to lack of funds, we have new exciting plans for the future. Thanks to Sage Creek Equestrian for sponsoring most of Bella's board, we are able to continue our training. Our new goals will include: attending the 2016 Para Nationals in Michigan; making the Team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Montreal; and getting our USDF Silver Medal. With your consent, I would like to use my contributions to help us get to Michigan this June.

Montreal is a better end goal anyway, since there is no financial help to get the U.S. Para Dressage Riders to the Paralympics. They estimated that it was going to cost me around $50,000 to get to Rio if I did make the Team. Needless to say we could not afford that. Bella and I will keep improving over the next 2 years, and if we make the Team it will cost a lot less to get to Montreal. We still won't make it without financial assistance, become an important part of our Team and help us get to the 2018 World Equestrian Games!
Our New End Game
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Lara and Bella had a very successful effort at the Para Dressage Nationals in Katy, Texas in November. Their combined scores landed them in the Top Ten line-up. The next requirement before the Paralympic Selection Trials is a show in Florida in January. They cannot make it there without financial assistance. Please join Team LOPE and help the United States send its best Para Dressage Team ever to Rio in September 2016!
Lara & Bella at Para Dressage Nationals
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Lara, her horse Bella, and her trainer Annie Sweet are ready for the 2015 USEF Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship in Katy, Texas, October 31-November 1, 2015.

This is the next step in the process for the 2016 Paralympic Selection try outs. There is still a long road ahead and your donation will help us keep moving forward.

Please visit www.lope.org for more information.

Thank you
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Bella and I are signed up for the CPEDI3* show in Rancho Murieta, California. This is are first opportunity for us to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic team tryouts.

Wish us luck and please help offset some of the costs. Thank you for your support.
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Anam Zara
18 months ago

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Created October 31, 2014
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Amira Deep
12 months ago

Good luck!!

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Valerie Hyde
12 months ago

Love seeing the posts, especially your sense of humor, and the way you share the day! Bravo athlete!

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Mark Sullivan
31 months ago

Love following your inspiring journey, Lara!

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Gayle Gale
31 months ago

Please friends lets get Lara on her way

JA
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Judie Andrews
32 months ago

Best of luck to you Lara. Judit and Polito

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Karen Silvers
32 months ago

Lara, We saw you compete in Katy, TX, and you are an inspiration. Best of luck in your endeavor to compete in the Para Olympics. The Silvers Family

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Ruth Armbruster
32 months ago

Happy Birthday Lara! Getting to know you through Para-reining is something I am SO thankful for! You have been such a huge support to me as a horse friend and a Forest Service friend! This is the least I could do! Love Ruth

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Lynn Aguado
32 months ago

So proud of all you've accomplished so far and wish you the best in your quest for a spot on the US Paralympic Equestrian Team! Love you!

Anam Zara
18 months ago

great post,thanks for sharing this. http://www.freemahj.com/free-mahjong/

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