Amelia is an Australian Dressage rider based in Germany. Amelia made her international debut at CPEDI*** Deauville, France in 2016, placing 5th against the world's best.
Born in Sydney, Amelia began riding at the age of 8, getting her first pony at age 9. Amelia competed in the sport of eventing for many years, before a car accident in 2010 left her with permanent injuries to her legs. Under the encouragement of her trainer, Megan Jones, Amelia made the switch to Dressage, and applied for Para-Dressage and was graded V.
In 2015, Amelia purchased Lotus 253 in Germany to train under Briana Burgess. In one year, the pair had represented Australia at three international shows across France, Belgium and The Netherlands, and were officially long-listed for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In 2016 Amelia and Lotus achieved many high-ranking scores at L* level in Germany, setting themselves a PB of 80% at Ankum PSI Autumn show in October. In 2017 the pair made the step up to M* level with scores over 64%. In July 2017, Lotus and Amelia began training with the immensely successful Helen Langehanenberg.
The beginning of 2018 saw both Lotus and Amelia return to FEI level competition throughout Europe, as well as make the next step to M** competition in Germany. The pair achieved a qualifying score for the Australian WEG selection in CPEDI*** Deauville, with just under 69%. The next day, they achieved 70% in the Kur.
Amelia graduated in April 2018 with a Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England. She commenced her Masters in Law (Major: Advanced Criminal Law/Minor: Biotechnology and Neuroscience) in June, 2018 and is now commencing her PLT whilst continuing to ride and train.
In October 2018, Lotus was sold to England where she will continue to compete with a junior rider. We look forward to seeing their progress!
2019 will be a big year, with many changes planned for AW Dressage as we head forward to Tokyo 2020. Stay tuned!