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Her name is Lis Hartel. She was not only the first woman to ride for an Olympic Equestrian Team, but also the first female medalist, and the first Olympic level equestrian to medal despite a major physical disability. Her career makes her a hero to horse lovers, women and equine therapy advocates alike.
He stood tall and shiny in an Oregon field, a Thoroughbred so handsome he looked far younger than his 26 years. Last summer, as the sun glinted off his well-muscled body, Rio turned his finely sculpted head to watch a young woman approach. He could see her thin form, her long hair. But she could…
‘Gumpert’ is my notorious bad horse. I found him listed for free on Craigslist in January 2011. I remember his seller describing him as “grumpy but so sweet.” She also said more than once, “He can really have a fit and buck hard.” Our first few rides were extremely chaotic, but things slowly improved.
Six months later we were competing in Beginner Novice and having a blast. He still throws tantrums to this day. He firmly believes lateral work, signs with the letter ‘A’ in a dressage ring and patches of dry, yellowed grass are all made by the devil, but he’s also one of my biggest cuddle bugs and handiest jumpers.
Australians are being asked to share their experiences at pony clubs as part of an exhibition about people and horses. Image: Olympic medallist Megan Jones on her first day of pony club as a six year old. (Supplied.)
Sarah L. Wilson had an affinity with animals, especially horses and dogs, from a young age. Growing up in upstate New York, her family always had dogs and horses. That love of animals never left, so it was only natural that she began working with animals as a career.