Tag: Para Dressage
For the first time in my life, aboard Star, I could run and walk and not fear that I was going to trip and fall. At the barn, I had a place where I could be normal- a place where I belonged. By Skyler Wroblewski
From ages 13 to 18, I endured six brain surgeries, followed by two spinal surgeries, each necessary to save my life. With extensive physical therapy at a rehabilitation center, I started the road to recovery and continued to improve myself through emotional therapy with my personal horses, and physical therapy riding with RideOn, a Therapeutic Riding Center in Chatsworth, CA. The motivation to get back on my personal horses, honestly, is what saved my life and kept me going.
Spend enough time in the dressage world and you’ll hear “she’s a Grade II Para Equestrian”, or “he’s riding the Grade V Introductory Test A”. But what do these grades mean? Let’s look at how the FEI and USEF (who has adopted the FEI Para Equestrian Classification Rules and Para Equestrian Manual for Classifiers as the National Policies and Procedures for Classification at the National level) breaks down the Para Equestrian grading system.
In the coming months and years, I aim to manifest, plan, and ride my way to the international Para Dressage world. I never want money, mind, or medical happenings to hold me back from the pursuit of gold. I’m out here to show that no matter how much or how little you may have, there’s always a way to set the world on fire.
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