Meet Sandy, one of our special Olympians, training at Walk on Water and getting ready to compete on our team.
Sandy is 63 and contracted polio at a young age which left her with both legs in braces up to her hips, Growing up, Sandy joyfully served as her sister’s concierge, a little like Cinderella, helping her become an accomplished rider and pageant winner. She never complained but deep in her heart she had dreams of someday riding a horse of her own.
When Sandy came to Walk on Water she had been released from another program that informed her they couldn’t do anything else for her. That was over a year ago. Sandy has been riding with us and progressing steadily as an independent rider. When WOW was chosen to be a registered training program for Special Olympics Florida-Brevard County Equestrian Team, Sandy came up to us with tears in her eyes and told us her story and said this has been her dream for a long time. She began training in the free program in September of 2017. She competed at county-level competition and received 2nd place in Trail and 1st place in Equitation. At area competition she received a second and a third in both, and in State competition, she received GOLD in both classes. The joy that she and WOW experienced in her accomplishments are beyond measure. She is a true champion, her dreams realized.
Help Sandy Here: https://www.gofundme.com/leg-braces-for-special-olympian