Rebecca Hart

Rebecca Hart

Advisory Board Member

Member of the 2016 Olympic Para Equestrian Team

Rebecca “Becca” Hart was born with a rare genetic disease called Familial Spastic Paraplegia (FSP), which primarily affects her muscles and joints from the waist down. Rebecca began riding at the age of ten and has quite an extensive competition history. Rebecca has been the National U.S. Paralympic Champion in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2004, Becca was the first alternate for the Athens Paralympic team. In 2008, she was a member of the United States Paralympic Equestrian team, competing in Hong Kong with her horse, Norteassa, taking 4th place in the freestyle. She also competed for the United States at the World Championships in England. She has done many demonstrations promoting riding and dressage for the disabled, and has spoken recently at several fundraisers to promote therapeutic riding. She has served as a youth consultant for the United States Equestrian Federation. In addition to riding in events for para-equestrian riders, she has competed extensively in shows for the able bodied. She and Norteassa have shown in the Prix St. George classes, and she has completed the elements for her bronze medal in dressage. Becca and Norteassa competed as an individual at the World Games in Kentucky. In 2011 Becca began a new partnership with a new horse, Lord Ludger. They were Champions at the 2012 Selection Trials at Gladstone, and went on to compete at the 2012 London Olympics. Becca, with her new partner, Schroeter’s Romani, have their sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

October 26th

Current Residence:
Unionville, PA

Home Town:
Erie, PA

Top Accomplishments:
5 time US Para-Equestrian National Champion and 2 time Paralympian

Favorite Draper Therapies Product:
“Stable Sheet, Anti-Sweat Sheet, and saddle pad. Anything to help keep their backs comfortable and supple is huge in this sport.”

Role Model:
“My sister Katie Hart. She is ridiculously brave and motivated. She is fabulous at keeping her cool and being able to preform under pressure. She is my best friend and I strive to have her level of composure in competition and life.”