My name is Genevieve Rohner. I’m 12 and have been riding for 8 years. I’m a grade IV Para-Equestrian and was classified at age 9.
I’m a triplet. We were 11-weeks premature and our parents started my brother Cole and I in Hippotherapy (with Ride-On Therapeutic Horsemanship) because we have Cerebral Palsy. I also have Sensory Integration Disorder and my right leg bones are incorrectly positioned. I loved it so much I decided riding horses was what I wanted to do forever.
In 2018, I competed in my first recognized shows and qualified for the USDF Region 7 Championships, California Dressage Society Regional Championships and California Junior Championships. All my qualifying and championships scores were 62 - 68% at Training 2 & 3. I placed 5th and 6th overall of 14 riders. I even got 2nd in one qualifying ride. I was the only Para-Equestrian, I was 10 and all other riders were 2-5 years older. Also, I trained on a quarter horse named Cody here in Utah and competed on a Prix St. Georges Morgan named Karamel in California. I received a California Dressage Society Top Ten award and hat! At one competition, I was the youngest, and the oldest competitor was Hilda Gurney. We got to take a picture together!
Now I have a horse in Utah, an Arabian/Saddlebred National Show horse named Star. She’s the best horse ever and I love her so much. We showed at Training 3 and my first FEI para test last season. I scored 67% and was very excited! We also qualified for the Utah Dressage Society Short Tour, where I placed 3rd. Recently, I was added to the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Para Emerging Athletes list!
When I was five, I told my mom I wanted to go to the Olympics. My coach, Sydni, is amazing. She knows how much I want this. She helped me go from Training 2 to First and Second level in 10 months. Next I’ll learn more FEI para tests and work on Bronze medal scores. My goal is to represent the U.S. at the 2024 Paralympics. Right now, I’m the youngest U.S. classified Para-Equestrian. If I make 2024, I’ll be the second youngest ever in the whole world to make it to the Paralympics. There’s no guarantee I’ll make the team or medal, but someone will, so why not try?
I’m the only competitive para rider in Utah right now, and I’m usually the only child at shows. I love competing and being on a horse more than anything. I’m very dedicated. I want to be a high-level rider. There is not much dressage in Utah and no high-level athletes who are competing. I want to be the next one.
I’m super excited that MET is willing to help. Thank you for considering helping me achieve my goals!
Park City, Utah