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Para-Equestrian Team Ride for Gold

Australia's leading Para-Equestrian riders have set their sights on Hong Kong after the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) announced the team to take on the world at the 2008 Paralympic Games.

The five riders selected are: Grace Bowman (Moonta, SA), Georgia Bruce (Kuranda, QLD), Sharon Jarvis (Donnybrook, WA), Nicole Kullen (Rock Forest, NSW) and Jan Pike (Winston Hills, NSW.)

Despite their brief history in Paralympic competition, the Australian Para-Equestrian team have built a formidable record. The Australian Team picked up:

  • 2 gold and 2 bronze medals at Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
  • 1 silver and 1 bronze medals in 2004 Athens Paralympic Games

Expectations are high that they can add to that tally in the 2008 Paralympics.

2008 Paralympic Games Paralympic Games

"Australians have high expectations of their Paralympic athletes and I am confident that the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team will continue this country's strong tradition of achievement."

- Darren Peters CEO Australian Paralympic Committee

"This is certainly the strongest team we have put together in my opinion. There is a very good mix of skill levels and every member of the team has a great support team behind them which is important. The team has been training solidly for two years under head coach Mary Longden and we're confident of a very good performance at the Games."

- Ken Dagley Australian Para-Equestrian Chief d’Équipe

Jan Pike

Jan Pike is a member of the Paralympic Preparation Program (PPP) Squad that competed at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Jan is the Grade 1a National Champion. Jan is a wonderful Ambassador for Australia. Jan competed successfully at the 2004 Athens Paralympics; bringing home 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.

Jan lives with Cerebral Palsy Quadriplegia, a condition that affects her co-ordination, muscle control, strength, balance, speech and mobility.

Dr. Doulittle was purchased for Riding for the Disabled (RDA) as a squad horse and is on lease to Jan for competitions. He was brought from Germany to Australia and as Jan explains “he's multilingual: he understands German, English and Cerebral Palsy”.

Jan Pike & Dr. Doulittle 2004 Athens Paralympics