At just 18-years-old Sydney Collier has already made a big impact on para-equestrian dressage. Collier has always had a love for horses and began riding at seven years old. The following year she was diagnosed with an extremely rare life-threatening medical condition called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. A syndrome which causes vascular malformations deep within one hemisphere of the brain that are inoperable, and cause many side-effects on the body.
One of the side-effects for Collier was losing vision in the right eye and having strength and coordination issues on the left side of the body.
In 2007, Sydney underwent multiple staged cyberknife radiation treatment to get rid of the AVM’s. After the first set failed she had three brain surgeries in 2009. During one of the surgeries Sydney suffered a stroke causing her left side to have hemiparesis.
Collier has competed throughout the United States in the last two years gaining valuable experience.
In June, she finished in fourth place with NTEC Cuplee at the USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship as well as finishing in seventh with Willi Wesley.