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Emma is a Paralympic Dressage rider, based on the Mornington Peninsula, who needs little introduction to the Equestrian world. After a serious car accident Emma suffered severe damage to her spinal cord and was left a paraplegic. Before her accident Emma was an avid Eventer and had been riding for many years.
Emma has since represented Australia at the Paralympics in Rio, 2016, and then the World Equestrian Games in Tyron 2018. She regularly coaches and competes all over Australia and is aiming to be named on the team for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.
Emma’s story and riding is inspirational and her achievements are outstanding. We look forward to helping her horses maintain top tip condition for their upcoming events leading to Tokyo.
I started riding before the age of two when my parents bought me my first pony. I attended Pony Club on a regular basis, and my passion with horses grew as I moved up through the grades. I competed at many Pony Club State Championships in both eventing and showjumping with numerous placings. I represented Victoria at the Pony Club National Championships in Perth, which was a great experience at the age of 16. I grew up always wanting to event, however when we bought a big grey Daley K horse who didn’t like water, ditches or drops, it was clear he was born to be in the showjumping arena! So off we went showjumping, attending the Equestrian Victoria Showjumping Development Squads and I became a member of the Young Rider State Squad from 2007-2009.
During these years I competed and placed in many World Cup Qualifying events, State and National shows. I had the privilege of being a finalist in the Victorian Young Rider Ambassador Awards in 2009, another great experience. Jamie Coman became my coach in 2009 and brings a new dynamic to my riding, always pushing me to strive for perfection. I am currently competing a team of horses at State and National shows and look forward to bringing on some young home bred horses. I have recently started coaching and looking to expand this aspect in the future. I have been working with Jodie and the team at ARC for several years. They help to keep both myself and my horses feeling supple and ready to perform at our best.
I began riding at the age of 3 years old with my naughty Shetland pony, Speedy. From there I attended Pony Club for numerous years, gradually progressing through the grades. But my real passion lay with Showing and Dressage. I represented the Southern Metro Zone at the State Pony Club Dressage Championships of Victoria two years in a row and going on to win the Championship is still one of my greatest achievements.
I have competed at multiple Royal Shows and EA Dressage Championships. My current horse I ride is, MF Hollywood. He is a Standard bred, ex Pacer and ambassador for his breed. Fully retrained he has taken me to Royal level showing in both open Hunter Galloway classes and his Breed classes. Our next venture is Dressage.
With the expert guidance of my instructor, Rosemarie Thiele, and ARC Physiotherapist, Jodie Watson, MF Hollywood and I are always looking and feeling our best.
As the director of Dressage Masterclass Melissa has met many wonderful people of the sport and does her best to promote their success. But Melissa is also a well-accomplished Dressage rider herself who has trained horses from the very beginnings through to Medium Level.
Melissa is currently riding, PPH Led Zeppelin, a 14yo KWPN gelding who she purchased off Brett Parbery late January this year. Led, as he’s more affectionately known, is a gentle soul and it’s Melissa’s dream is to progress through the ranks to return Led to Grand Prix again. Together they are currently competing Small Tour and training Grand Prix.