Previously an active competitor in endurance and previously eventing, Julie was a regular competitor in dressage and she was classified but soon after she was diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) in 2013, para-dressage was her chosen discipline. She describes MSA as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis , Motor Neurone Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome all in one. She stared as a grade IV but in 2016 was reclassified in 2016 to grade I as her condition is degenerative.
With her chestnut mare Pandora, she claimed the Grade I Winter National Championships in March this year before taking on the ride of Athene Lindebjerg, who claimed a hat trick of Paralympic gold medals in Rio with former rider Sophie Christiansen CBE.
Aboard Athene, the combination posted +75% scores at the recent Hartpury Festival of Dressage CPEDI3*, winning both the Individual Championship and Freestyle Grade I tests. The 2017 European Championships will be Julie’s first call-up to the British team.