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Katie Jackson

Katie Jackson

FEI World Ranked Para-Dressage Rider Katie Jackson Earns Top Accolades in 2017


Cancer Survivor.  Amputee.   High Performance Para-Equestrian
In the summer of 2015 the path of Katie’s my life changed dramatically when she was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of soft tissue cancer.  Amputation of her right leg, above her knee, was the only option to make sure all of the cancer was gone from the area.  This left Katie facing a new life with a permanent disability.   Never one to back down to a challenge, she has adapted to my new life and overcome numerous challenges along the way.  She is now proudly riding as a para-equestrian in her beloved sport of dressage.  Katie’s current goals include representing the United States at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and 2020 Paralympic Games.    With just over one year of riding and competition under her belt, she has already been a part of two Nation’s Cup events, helping to win the gold medal of Team USA at both competitions, and is currently long listed for the World Equestrian Games team.  She continues to work hard every day to achieve her goals!

2017 Highlights
FEI World Cup Finals Omaha, NE- March 2017- Dressage Showcase Performance representing US Para-Equestrian Dressage
• Adequan Global Dressage Festival International CPEDI 3* Wellington, FL -March –riding Julia Handt’s Royal Dancer
◦ Team Gold Medal- Deloitte United States Para-Equestrian  Dressage Team
◦ Grade V Champion Overall- Individual 67.872%, Team 69.921%, and Freestyle Competition 74.458%
• Adequan Global Dressage Festival International CPEDI3* Wellington, FL- January -riding her own, Wembley
◦ Team Gold Medal- Deloitte United States Para-Equestrian Dressage Team
◦ 1st place in the Grade V Individual, Team, and Freestyle Competition
2016 Highlights:
• United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) Grade IV Para Equestrian National Champion– #1 Rider of the Year : Riding my horse,  Wembley  71%
• United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) Grade IV Para Equestrian National Reserve Champion- #2 Rider of the Year; Riding Rachel Handt Zent’s horse, Giovanni
• Two-time Dover Dressage Medal winner (against able-bodied riders) 71.951%
• United States Dressage Federation Region 9 Championships (competition against able-bodied riders)
◦ State (SWDC) Champion- Third Level
◦ Regional (GAIG) Reserve Champion- Third Level
◦ Overall Show High Percentage Reserve Champion- Second Level
◦ Adult Amateur Overall Champion
• US Para Equestrian Dressage National Championship Show
◦ Grade IV National Reserve Champion
◦ United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Lloyd Kramer Annual Sportsmanship Trophy

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