US High Performance Para Rider Suffers Setback

Friday, February 4, 2011
Posted by Holly Jacobson

Highland Heights, Ohio - Laura Goldman, who competes at the Grade 1a level of para-dressage competitions broke her hip in a fall at home. Goldman piloted Trudy Phillips' Irish Sport Horse gelding Carlingford JD to fourth place in the individual test, narrowly missing a medal, at the 2010 Alltech/WEG. She underwent surgery to repair the break with a plate. She is expected to transfer to a rehab facility in a matter of days. Goldman, who has muscular dystrophy had planned to compete at the The Dressage Affaire 2011 CPEDI*** in Del Mar, CA, March 10-13. She still hopes to come audit and support the Team she told Hope Hand, Director of USPEA.

Instead, she will sponsor Grade 2 rider Kim Jones from South Carolina to take her place. The two riders had planned to share a horse loaned from Johnny Higginson’s Rockin W Ranch, Inc in Shadow Hills, near Burbank, CA for a clinic with Hilda Gurney prior to the Del Mar show.

At the 2010 WindReach International Para-Dressage CPEDI3* qualifier for the WEG held in Ontario, they swept the Grade 1a division winning all three of the tests. Hand described Goldman’s strong finishes in the only two competitions she’s ever ridden at as “a bit of a fluke” but noted, “Laura’s a natural with good balance and she’s worked very, very hard.”