Selected to represent Australia at the 2010 World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky, USA. These games were the first to incorporate Para Dressage in with all the other Able Bodied Disciplines. Sharon and Odie (Applewood Odorado) achieved Two Bronze Medals at WEG in the Individual Grade 3 Championship Test and also the Grade 3 Freestyle Test.
Due to lack of a suitable sound horse Sharon was unable to compete at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Her goal now is the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in 2014.
The lure of eventing has also drawn Sharon, and her newest horse is Parkiarrup Edward, purchased from her good friend, Sonja Johnson. Starting out in Intro 1, Sharon and Edward have made their mark on the eventing circuit in WA and are currently competing successfully at EVA95.
Sharon started competing in Para Equestrian Dressage for the first time in 2006 after a fellow Dressage competitor who is a paraplegic convinced her she was disabled enough to be classified to compete at the Paralympics. Sharon is classified as a Grade 3 rider. Riders are classified according to their disability Grade 1 is the most disabled and Grade 4 the least. Sharon has since represented Australia at the 2007 World Para-Dressage Championships at Hartpury, England riding a borrowed Horse and achieving 2 Top 10 placing’s. And more recently represented Australia at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics where she achieved a 4th, 5th and 7th Placing as well as being part for the 4 rider Australian Team that placed 6th. Sharon was a member of the Australian team that won the Teams competition at the CPEDI*** held in Werribee in December 2009, where She also took out Grade 3 Champion, winning all 3 of the Grade 3 Tests and also producing the highest score of the competition. Sharon has been WA State Champion each year since 2006 and National Champion since 2008.
Sharon started riding at the age of 3yrs. Born into a non-horsey family on a Beef Cattle and Orcharding Enterprise in the south west of Western Australia. By the age of 4 she had her own pony and was happy attending the local Donnybrook Pony Club.
Unfortunately at 7yrs of age Sharon was diagnosed with Bone Cancer in her left femur. A rare tumour that usually occurs in teenage boys. Originally given the prognosis of 3 months to live, Sharon defied the odds and after a year of Chemo and Radio therapy she was cleared of the cancer.
The next year the leg broke in the same place due to the weakness in that leg. After many operations and bone grafts Sharon has been left with limited movement and strength from the waist down particularly on the left side.
She has not let this stand in her way of pursuing her passion of Horse Riding. Not being allowed to ride for the following 6 years made her more determined to achieve her dreams.
Determined to succeed in both Show Horse and Dressage disciplines Sharon began a riding career which has seen her achieve many great results in open able bodied competition.
Above: Sharon and Applewood Odorado at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, USA.
Below: Sharon and Parkiarrup Edward