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, upper body and spine. Under the encouragement of her trainer, Megan Jones, Amelia made the switch to Dressage, and applied for Para-Dressage to be classified as Grade V.
In 2015, Amelia purchased Lotus 253 in Germany to train under fellow Aussie, Briana Burgess. In just 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. Amelia's former eventing horses, Kirby Park Masquerade and Charlton Ultra found wonderful new homes where they could continue their careers.
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 continues to compete with a junior rider. We look forward to seeing their progress!
2019 was a big year for AW Dressage. Genius 116 was welcomed into the team, a 182cm KWPN gelding purchased in the Netherlands. Stepping out at Mannheim CPEDI***, Genius and Amelia gained the important FEI minimum score requirement to try for the 2020 Paralympics. A few weeks later, the pair debuted in M* and placed 5th. Überherrn CPEDI*** was the last opportunity to gain qualifying scores for Tokyo, and the pair did just that with an amazing 71.2% in the Kur.
The end of 2019 saw Amelia and Genius named on the Equestrian Australia Long List for Tokyo 2020, signalling their potential to be one of the four combinations selected to represent Australia in Tokyo at the 2020 Paralympics. After only a short time together, the two of them were named on the High Performance Next Generation Squad for 2019.
2020 promises to be a huge year, with upcoming Tokyo qualifiers and a huge competition schedule. Amelia will also graduate from her Masters in Law in July, 2020.