I discovered the sport of para dressage at age 11, when I searched the internet to see if there were riders with a disability out there, and to my pleasant surprise, there were. I watched riders like Rebecca Hart and Roxanne Trunnell give their all in the ring with their horses. I had waited 17 years for a chance to chase my dream after persistently asking my parents for lessons, and I was so excited.
Shopping for a new horse is wonderful in both anticipation and in memory. The actual process though is like shopping for clothes where fantasy and reality collide. I had just lost a very special horse and I knew that if I wanted to continue riding, I would have to start the process of looking for a new partner.
Partnerships are what make dressage special. The kinship between horse and rider is often palpable, but some pairs transcend the special to become unmistakably magical.
https://vimeo.com/716911482/3424fc9f33 Through the USDF Regional Schooling Show Awards Program, opportunities for yearly awards and regional rankings abound for USDF Group Members who compete in non-USEF-licensed/non-USDF-recognized competitions. You trained hard for your scores, nominate for the...