My Wish for a Paralympian Equestrian

Today I met a Paralympian.  Dale Dedrick is a Facebook friend but we have never met in person. Today was the day! Dale and I are both competing at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. Dale is competing in the CPEDI3* ( Concours Para Equestrian Dressage International).  I am competing in the National show.

I spoke with Dale and she said that this is only her second horse show with her new horse Suede. “That’s not usually how you do it,” she told me.”But now’s the time!”

Dale has been assaulted by numerous physical challenges in her life. But  she has never given up. In 2012 she was on Team USA in the London Paralympics. Major surgery kept her from qualifying for Rio 2016 but she’s back now with a new horse and is competing this weekend ,at the international level, in the CPEDI3*.

The weather forecast is for high heat and humidity. I have been thinking about this as my ride times are  in the mid afternoon. But when I see the para riders, who are stabled in the same area as I am, I reminded myself that they are contending will all sorts of physical issues and they will get on their horses and ride! For me the heat and humidity is a minor issue. Perspective!

This week’s Word Press Photo Challenge was “wish“.  So here is my wish. I wish for Dale to have the competition that she wishes for. May it go well for her and for her horse Suede.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Amazing. No one should give up to challenges.

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  2. And many of us cheering on in the background for her!
    Anyone who can overcome TRUE difficulties, is a hero in my book. Most people never understand how hard it really is, if they’ve never had a serious injury themselves.
    All my best wishes, and hope Suede rides just like a star!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Dale has agreed to do an interview with me so I will be a able to pass on her story.

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      1. Awesome!
        And kudos for you for taking all that time out when you are also there competing and the pressure is high!

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      2. anne leueen says:

        I will do the interview after the show is over, maybe next week. I can only wear one hat at a time! Haha!

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  3. Beautiful post, Anne. My best wishes for Dale …

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I will be doing an interview with her in a week or so and will pass on all the good wishes.

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  4. Avery says:

    Love this wish and perspective!

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