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Rebecca Hart

Hometown: Unionville, Pennsylvania
Discipline: Para-Dressage

Rebecca Hart was born with familial spastic paraplegia, a genetic disease that causes muscle wasting and lack of control from the waist down. Hart got involved with the Paralympic movement in 1998 at a regional competition in Atlanta, GA, that served as the selection trials for the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. It was at that competition that Hart decided she wanted to aim for international competition herself.

Hart soon purchased her first horse and began to seriously start training for national and international competition. Over the years, she has represented the U.S. at several international events, including the 2003 and 2007 Para-Equestrian World Championships.

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In 2006, Hart was the National Champion at the USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships. With Norteassa, Hart won the 2008 National Para-Equestrian Championships and was named to the 2008 Paralympic Equestrian Team. Hart represented the U.S. at the 2008 Paralympics in Hong Kong where she placed fourth individually.

Hart also had a strong 2009 season once again claiming the National Para-Equestrian Championship.

In 2010, Hart not only defended her National Champion title, but also claimed Reserve Champion honors as well. Hart won first prize with the Dutch Warmblood gelding Kazan and reserve honors with her 2008 and 2009 National Champion and 2008 Paralympic partner Norteassa.

Hart and Norteassa once again represented the U.S. at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.

In 2011, Hart had a great year, winning almost every class she entered with Lord Ludger. At the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 8 Dressage Championship, Hart and Lord Ludger won the Grade II Freestyle, placed second in the Grade II Individual Test, and third in the Grade II Team Test. Hart finished out the year by winning both the Grade II Individual Test and Grade II Team Test at the CPEDI3* Werribee.

Hart started out 2012 with two wins aboard Lord Ludger at the Ocala Winter Dressage Show. The pair took home top honors in two more classes at CDCTA Dressage at Morven Park. At Dressage at Saratoga, Hart and Lord Ludger won the Para-Equestrian Freestyle and two other classes.

She had continued success at the 2012 Dressage at Blue Goose, winning the FEI Para-Equestrian Test with Carlingford’s Taldi and finishing third in the same class with Lord Ludger. The 2012 Dressage at Saratoga event saw Hart take the top two placings in the first FEI Para-Equestrian Test of Choice class with Lord Ludger and Carlingford’s Taldi, also winning two other classes with Lord Ludger.

Hart had a stellar showing at the 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials in New Jersey on both her horses. Hart and Lord Ludger dominated the Grade II class, winning with a combined total of 73.501%. Hart also took third on Carlingford’s Taldi. Her score on Lord Ludger placed her first in the Overall competition, allowing her to win her fifth USEF National Para-Equestrian Championship title. She also placed eighth on Carlingford’s Taldi in the Overall results. Her accomplishment earned her a place on the United States Paraequestrian Team for the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

In 2014, Hart has paired up with the talented Schroeter’s Romani, competing over the winter in Wellington, Fla., before heading to Europe to contest CPEDI competitions. In June, the pair claimed the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship, earning Hart the sixth National Title of her career.

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