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You are so strong, pound for pound, you keep making progress. It shows what can happen when you work hard.

Marie's spirit and determination and amazing support she has received from her family, have led to ongoing improvements far beyond those usually seen in similar cases of traumatic brain injuries. I and the rest of the team at Shepherd Center are very proud and blessed to be a part of Marie's journey.

- Dr. Andrew Dennison, Medical Director  

Acquired Brain Injury Program, Shepherd Center

Path to Paris


In order to qualifying for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris I must reach all of the milestones listed below.

Training is intense and so are the financial commitments:

  • horses + farrier, medical care, boarding, food, health products, stable & show grooming

  • a trainer & manager

  • licenses + FEI / USEF registration & applications fees

  • all the equipment

  • entrance fees to international and national shows

  • domestic & international travel expenses as well as, transportation for the horses

  • promotional costs, etc.


All of this adds up to at least $250,000 USD every year. 

CPEDI = The International Para-Equestrian Dressage Competition


March 2021  International CPEDI 3*

Macon Chantre, FR

May 2021 International CPEDI 3* Deauville, FR

Oct.-Dec. 2021 Para Dressage Shows

Wellington, USA

March 2022 International CPEDI3* Deauville, FR

April 2022 International CPEDI3* Waregem, BEL

May 2022 International CPEDI3*

Mannheim, GER

June 2022 International CPEDI3*

Kronenberg, NED

June 2022 International CPEDI3*

Grote-Brogel, BEL

June 2022 CH-M-PED

Herning, DEN

August 2022 Riesenbeck GER 

Championnat d Europe 2022 Para dressage      

Jan. 2023 Mater Class Lamotte Beuvron

March 2023 Domestic Amateur Elite MACON

Avril 2023 Deauville, FR

June 2023 TRYON Summer Dressage Competition CPEDI3* Mill Spring, USA

Oct. 2023 TRYON Dressage Competition CPEDI3*

Mill Spring, USA

Jan. 2024 Domestic CPEDI3*

Wellington, USA

March 2024 Domestic CPEDI3* Wellington, USA

May 2024 Deauville, FR

June 2024 TRYON Dressage Competition CPEDI3*

Mill Spring, USA

Thank you for your generous support. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. I would LOVE to hear from you! 


The most wonderful gift I can give back to the world, is to help other people with TBIs. One day my vision is for Marie VDH to be a non-profit foundation dedicated to changing lives!

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