NZ Para Dressage Rider - Sandy Dillon

New Zealand Para Dressage Rider


1983 while helping a friend to shift some cattle Sandy’s horse got a fright reared up then lost his balance and came over backwards pinning Sandy under him, Sandy sustained neck and back injury’s.

1985 a second riding, Showjumping, accident, Sandy’s right leg smashed and ankle dislocated,
Initially surgeon’s thought that she would lose her lower leg, but after several operations they managed to save it, but with very limited use. Sandy now also has severe Arthritis in her right leg. She relies on daily medication and reverts to crutches more and more. She receives physio-therapy regularly to help mobility and riding dressage helps to keep her joints mobile without putting pressure through them.

Sheer determination, hard work and a sense of humor, she has adjusted well to life with a disability.  



Before Sandy accident, she had extensive riding experience having owned her own horses, teaching dressage and jumping at her Riding School at Lake Okeraka 20min from Rotorua. Due to the length of time of recovery Sandy sold her horses, but kept an interest in teaching, then provided competition ponies for less fortunate youngsters in her area, that could not for various reasons own their own pony or horse.


Being a highly competitive person Sandy purchased a dressage horse in 1997 and found that riding dressage was not only a Challenge and an Art, but also very good for her. Sandy now rides daily and with the help of a wonderful coach has come to be a successful Dressage rider both nationally and internationally.






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