TEWKBURY TWP., N.J. — After competing internationally for less than two years, Alanna Flax-Clark is currently ranked seventh in the world for her classification in para-dressage.

After years of illnesses, hospital stays and surgeries, Flax-Clark found horses when she needed them most. She is now training for the Paralympics in 2020 with her Dutch Riding Pony, El Paso, at Sara Schmitt Dressage, located in Oldwick, N.J.

According to the US Equestrian Federation: The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes compete, and even excel, in sports designed for the able-bodied, but para-equestrian in particular opens a world of competition to riders and drivers with even severe disabilities that might preclude them from other forms of sport, and does so while providing a structured, focused, and highly competitive environment.

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In para-equestrian competition, each rider or driver is classified according to his or her functional ability and competitors are grouped accordingly to ensure a level playing field. Competitions can include dressage and driving. While it offers competitive opportunities for athletes of every level and aspiration, para-equestrian sport has evolved into an internationally-recognized event and para-dressage is held as part of the World Equestrian Games and at the Paralympics which take place every four years immediately following the Olympic Games and at the same venue.

Flax-Clark will share her journey on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to the Mane Stream farm to hear firsthand how horses gave her back her life and independence. Don’t miss out on this motivational story of determination.

RSVP to info@manestreamnj.org due to limited space. 

About Mane Stream – Mane Stream is a non-profit registered charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and medical challenges through a diverse program of equine related activities, therapy services and educational initiatives. Mane Stream is designated as a Premier Accredited Center of PATH - Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, who provides education, accreditation and resources for the equine related services industry.

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