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Anne Skinner


Equestrian, Eventing, Para Dressage Athlete

“My parents told me that if I could afford to buy a horse I could. I saved $120 and bought 18-year-old Terror. That was just the start”

Anne loved horses from a very young age. That love of horses took her to the top of elite competition and was pivotal in her recovery after a life-threatening accident. This passion then led Anne to train many others to connect with horses as therapy, fun, and sport.

Anne is an exceptional international equestrian, she competed in two Paralympics, at world championships, and at national and state events. She has since received coaching qualifications with Riding with the Disabled Association of Victoria (RDA) and Equestrian Australia (EA).

Anne’s enduring and highly successful career is a testament to her courage, love for the sport, and ability to overcome adversity.

After years of teaching children with disabilities the joy and therapeutic values of horse riding, Anne suffered horrific injuries in an accident in 1997.

After many operations and months of re-learning how to walk, Anne got back on the saddle and returned to competitive riding. Since that time, Anne has become an incredibly successful international equestrian over a long period.

Anne still rides and competes and continues to achieve great heights in her sport today.

In 2008, ABC’s Australian Story produced Women of Steel and shared Anne’s inspiring story with the world.


Career Highlights

  • 2000 – Sydney Paralympics – 9th
  • 2002 – Belgium Nationals – 2nd
  • 2003 – World Championships – Belgium – 2nd
  • 2004 – Athens Paralympics 9th Individual and 6th Teams



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