September 2018 - With A Little Help From Friends

Tracy Bowman goes to World Para-Driving Championships.

Tracy Bowman is representing the United States at the FEI World Para-Driving Championships for Singles in Kronenberg, Netherlands, Aug. 28-Sept. 2. She’ll be in the driver’s seat herself, but is far from alone as her route there has been greatly aided by the help of those in the equestrian community and a special surprise grant awarded to her by Southern California Equestrian Sports.

 


Tracy and her equine partner Bella are a competitive pair. They’ve won divisions against able-bodied drivers, and have a strong chance to do the United States proud, but making it to the Netherlands from a financial standpoint is certainly overwhelming. Tracy and Bella have a specially designed custom carriage, which makes it possible for Tracy, who is paralyzed from the waist down, to be properly secured. The cost to get not only a horse and rider to the Netherlands in addition to their custom carriage is significant. For this reason, Tracy is actually the only member on the team who will be flying her equine partner overseas to compete, rather than leasing a horse for the event.

 

Tracey Bowman and Bella. Photo: Sherry Stewart

Tracy has helped many top riders in the equestrian community as a coach in the sport of three-day eventing through her Kismet Farms in Northern California’s Martinez. That community has taken notice of her profound accomplishments in her driving career, rallying behind her to make her journey to the World Championships possible.

Another big boost came from Southern California Equestrian Sports, an organization designed to help equestrian athletes of all disciplines expand their financial resources. SCES surprised Bowman with a $3,000 grant, presented in early August during a driving demonstration and fundraiser she was putting on in conjunction with the Woodside Summer Horse Trials.

Bowman has been overwhelmed by the support SCES has shown her and was unaware this type of financial assistance was possible to so many different types of equestrian athletes saying, “I am humbled and in awe. This grant has affirmed for me that our community really does care about helping one another. We are so fortunate to have an organization like SCES supporting us as athletes. I hope to make SCES and those who have so generously rallied behind me proud.”

SCES is open to riders in all equestrian disciplines, from a variety of countries, competing at the international levels of competition (FEI), which proudly includes Paralympic Athletes, and urges any interested equestrians to apply through their website at www.scesports.org.

Article provided by Athletux Equine.