Stella Barton aiming for Paris

Stella Barton aiming for Paris

Raised

$8,307.66

Goal

$20,000.00

In 2024 the Paralympics are to be held in Paris and the equestrian events will be in the grounds of the Chateau de Versailles. What rider wouldn't dream of riding up the centre line at Versailles? In order to be selected, I need to compete in several events in Australia. I have been offered the opportunity to ride the West Australian stallion Lord Larmarque (aka Bug) who is trained by three time paralympian Sharon Jarvis and owned by Jade Edwards and Alan Moody. We have so far competed in the WA State Championships in September 2023 where I scored three personal best scores having only ridden Bug twice before competing. In October at the National Championships we again scored three personal best scores all over 70% with the final freestyle score being a massive 75.4%.


It's now nearly May and we've competed in three of the four Paralympic Qualifying Events and scored qualifying scores of 67% or more in every event. We've competed at Willinga Park in February and at Boneo Park in April. In between competitions we are travelling form Melbourne to the outskirts of Sydney to train on Bug who is based there. Bug is being ridden and trained daily by champion event rider Shenea Lowings in between our training visits.


The cost of training, horse welfare (vet fees, farrier, feed, coaching, agistment, grooming, transport etc), competition entries and travel are a lot and I would really appreciate any support people feel able to provide to help with my Paralympic campaign. If we continue as we have begun selection for Paris is certainly possible with a dream of a podium finish. There's just one more competition to do in June and then the team will be announced.


In 2022 I graduated from university and decided to dedicate the next 18 months to trying to get selected for Paris. I know this is a great privilege to be able to do and I can't do it without so much wonderful support from my coach Sally Francis, Sharon Jarvis who saw my potential and has trained Bug so well, my support workers, my family, and all the people who have followed my journey and believe in me. Thank you in advance for any support you feel able to contribute.

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Raised

$8,307.66

Goal

$20,000.00

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