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 was classified for Grade V for Para Dressage.
In 2015, Amelia purchased Lotus 253 in Germany. Just one year later, the pair were officially long-listed for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In 2017, Amelia began training with German olympian, Helen Langehanenberg, and in the following, Amelia and Lotus achieved a qualifying score for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, USA.
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 in June, 2018 and is now finishing a Diploma in Legal Practice 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 Amelia. Genius 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, and then again in 2020.
Just as with everyone else, 2020 didn't go as planned. With the Paralympics postponed, Amelia and Genius trained toward FEI Small Tour and are aiming for team selection for Tokyo in the summer of 2021.