Roxanne rode as an able bodied rider in dressage until her illness in 2009. She had earned her Bronze medal and was one ride short of her silver medal when she became ill . After a long recovery she slowly began to learn to ride again. She also started and finished a Masters program in Psychology, her focus being Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and graduted 9/2013. As graduation neared she was ready to begin preparation for competitive dressage, she just not sure where she fit in, as clearly she was not capable at this time of riding as an able bodied rider. Enter Para. Roxanne learned of the program in the summer of 2012 and proceeded to apply for classification.
In November of 2012 she was classified as a para rider and by May 2013, rode in her first CPEDI receiving qualifying scores at the Golden State Dressage Show in Rancho Murieta, California. While locating a backup horse she competed under a 3-star para judge at the Houston Dressage show in August 2014 and delivered scores in the 70% range. Her goal is to compete successfully and represent the USA in Normady France for the 2014 World Equestrian Games and in 2016 for the Para-Olympic games in Rio.
She is now training with Kai Handt from Dallas, Texas and together they will be preparing her mare Touche (Nice Touch) 1995 old Dutch mare and Richie (Richielieu) a 2002 Hanovarian gelding for international competition.