In honor of women’s history month, let’s celebrate the women who kicked ass at never growing out of the “pony phase.”
The Pillars of the Past: Lis Hartel, first woman to medal in the Olympics in dressage while suffering from polo paralysis, and Carol Durand, the first American woman to qualify for the US Olympic team.
Today’s Legends:Beezie Madden, Olympic Gold medalist and showjumping champion, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, German showjumper and first woman to win the World Cup three times, Stacy Westfall, 2006 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle Champion while riding bareback and bridleless, and Mary King, who has ridden at six Olympic Games representing Great Britain, and when initially starting out her career, supplemented her income by cleaning houses, delivering meat to the local butcher, and watching over people’s gardens.
The Next Generation: Charlotte Dujardin, Olympic Gold individual and team medalist in Dressage representing Great Britain, in 2013 she broke the Grand Prix Freestyle world record with a score of 93.975%; Uneku Saliu-Atawodi, one of the few African-American female polo players from Nigeria, she plays internationally and also organized the first women’s polo tournament in West Africa; Penelope Leprevost, French showjumping champion and currently 9th in the world rankings for showjumping, and Reed Kessler, who at 18 became the youngest rider to qualify for the American team in Olympic Showjumping, while being an internationally competitive rider, she also works as an ambassador to JustWorld International, a charity that supports schooling and healthcare in developing countries.
Girl Power, Rider Power.
[not my photos]
2008 Olympian Courtney King-Dye highlights what it is like living with a Traumatic brain Injury. Watch Courtney open a vitamin bottle, walk and talk.
Wow…everyone please wear a helmet….if not for yourself, for your family. How tragic.
Never get on a horse without a helmet. Never. Helmet’s aren’t perfect and may not protect your neck, chest, etc but your head is so, so important. Courtney got lucky, she survived. So many equestrians are not here with us today because they didn’t have helmets. Please be smart.
Please tell me more about why you don’t need to wear a helmet and about how it’s your decision like you’re the only one who would be effected if you suffer from a traumatic brain injury
this is heartbreaking
Transformation Tuesday a day late, woeful Wednesday, mid life crisis, call it what you must 😢
Sweet funny horse Oscar and my very good friend Anna, CSKA, 1.03.2014
Victoria Max Theurer and her absolutely charming partner Augustin OLD at Olympics 2012