Support Para Equestrian Showjumping

Support Para Equestrian Showjumping

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Jack Goldberg started this petition to Equestrian Canada

Hi all,

My name is Jack Goldberg and I am a 16 year old para equestrian that has been riding horses for almost 11 years now. I have decided to create this petition in order to look for equestrians and para equestrians that support the para showjumping movement so that  it can be instated as it’s own sport in Canada and the United States of America, as well as to have it incorporated into the Paralympic Games as it’s own official sport. 

When I was in utero (when my mother was pregnant), I suffered a stroke which caused me to have cerebral palsy. Even though I have had cerebral palsy ever since I was born, I was not diagnosed with the disability until I was 10 months old. This disability affects people in many different ways. For me, it affects my entire right side. I have lost all sensory on the right side of my body, cannot use my right arm and my right leg to their fullest abilities and furthermore cannot hear out of my right ear as well as I can my left ear. When I was 13 years old, I started to have seizures, and at the age of 14 years old, I was diagnosed with focal epilepsy. Also, I have scoliosis and hemiplegia which makes my left side noticeably and significantly larger and stronger than my right side, in addition to making my spine not straight. 

I had been competing in the Hunters for almost 11 years, but stopped doing it in the summer so that I could focus my time and energy into the Jumpers which I started doing in the summer of the year 2020. Throughout my years of competing, I have only shown against fully able bodied people (people without disabilities). Around a year and a half ago, I partnered with another para equestrian so that I could join her on her endeavours of trying to get para showjumping instated as its own league into the United States of America and Canada, as well as to get it instated as its own sport into the Paralympic Games.

There are numerous para equestrians in North America that want and need a para showjumping league instated into Canada and the United States of America so that they can compete and have the same opportunities in terms of competitions that fully able bodied equestrians already have.   There are multiple governing bodies that hold great power in terms of what the equestrian community does in North America. With your help, it is possible for the governing bodies to see that there is a want and a need for para showjumping in the equestrian community. Please sign this petition so that the already so inclusive equestrian community can further expand their horizons in order for para equestrians to have the same opportunities that other equestrians have in terms of shows and competitions. 

Your's truly, 

Jack Goldberg 

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