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Transcript of Rebecca Hart
Hero or Not
So what is a hero?
According to Google a hero is a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. The first thing that comes to mind when I read that is WHAT; who says a hero is typically a man? Women can be heroes too, can’t they? That is why when I found Rebecca Hart I knew she was a hero and a woman. So I set out on mission, “Prove Google Wrong.”
A hero is really just a idea so why can't everyone be a hero? Doesn't everybody deserve to be a hero?
a bit about dressage
Rebecca Hart is a United States Paralympic dressage rider. Most people don’t know what dressage is much less Paralympic dressage. Dressage is the art of training a horse in precision and grace. To break that down you are dancing with a horse. As strange as it sounds it is an amazing sport, to "fly" with an animal that could kill you in a split second.
Now imagine all of that while suffering birth-onset hereditary spastic paraplegia. Rebecca’s case causes muscle wasting and paralysis. Even I had absolutely no idea what that meant, so I looked it up and this is what I found; basically your legs are very weak and sometimes are paralyzed, and or you cannot feel your legs at all. Rebecca has both of those, she also has paralysis in her lower back and can’t feel her legs. How does she ride then? Well she rides with two whips to signal the horse. Believe it or not, even though we have reins, most every signal comes from the legs. To get the horse to move off the rail, going to the left then squeeze your left leg to go sideways to the right. The horse crosses his front legs over each other to move to the side. She does it all without any feeling in her legs.
Why is she a paralyimpic rider
Rebecca trains out of Blue Hill Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania
near Erie where she grew up. The horse that made her famous
was named Lord Ludger or LuLu. Unfortunately he got a little too old
to be jumping around, so she got a new horse. Her new horse's name is Romani and Becca is very excited to get going this summer on her.
She has ridden two other horses that helped her win; one is
in the picture below. She said when she first met Romani she
looked her up and down and almost said, “ Okay I understand that
you are disabled and I am going to help you.” Rebecca also said that it takes a horse that can really take care of you and do the high
level dressage movements.
As I said before, she rides with two whips to act as legs. She also has two breakaway velcro straps to hold her legs still so they don’t swing around. Other than that, she rides normally. Rebecca started as a hunter/jumper rider-that is where they jump over obstacles. She has been riding for 14 years and attends Penn State. She hopes to be a forensic accountant when she graduates. When she is not riding she enjoys kayaking, sailing, camping, and rock climbing. Rebecca competes in Para & Able-Bodied Dressage-that means it is still people that are handicapped, but just have physical disabilities. Becca (her nickname) is one of the many paralyzed riders in the U.S.
more about rebecca
The U.S. team has been very successful in general-in London the team won team gold. Many riders have tried and failed, but Rebecca was lucky and not just that, but she is also very talented too. Rebecca may not have done anything to help the human race, but she has inspired many people. Google may never understand that, but at least you will. Becca has not saved lives but she has been a role model for kids and adults with hereditary spastic paraplegia.
an official Hero
The Gold medal winning United States Para-Equestrian Team (Pictured Left to Right: USEF Director Pam Lane, Chef d'equipe Missy Ransehousen, Rebecca Hart, Erin Alberda, Mary Jordan, and in front is Donna Ponessa).
Rebecca and Lord Ludger in the paralympics.
"Blue Hill Farm." Blue Hill Farm. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. <http://bluehillfarmpa.com/>.
Equestrian PR and Marketing Phelps Media Group Wellington, FL. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://phelpsmediagroup.com/>.
"Google Images." Google Images. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. <http://images.google.com/>.
"A Horse and a Half." A Horse and a Half. Web. 21 Mar. 2014. <http://onthebit.wordpress.com/>.
"USPEA." USPEA. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. <http://uspea.org/>.
Rebecca and her horse Kazan after winning Nationals
By Ellison Neumann
Thank you for watching!