Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Date of Birth
June 8, 1991
Langwarrin South, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Stuart Tinney, Andrew Hoy, Heath Ryan, Megan Jones and Grace Bowman


Obsessed with horses from a young age, Emma Booth remembers playing with her toy pony as a child, dreaming of a time where she would be able to ride horses. Little did she know, her dream would come true when at 11-years-old, she won a competition to win a pony and riding lessons run by her TV show ‘The Saddle Club.’

Having never ridden prior to receiving her first pony, Emma quickly discovered her natural talents and just four months later, she entered her first competition.

With a new found dream of competing on the world stage, Emma leased a horse and competed in local competitions throughout her schooling career, and in 2011 accepted a job in Germany riding and training horses for international dressage rider Holger Shultze.

While Emma was on her way to fulfilling her goal of competing for Australia, a car accident saw her career temporarily halt. In 2013, she was involved in a collision with two cars that resulted in life altering injuries for Emma. Two friend’s horses travelling in the float behind her were killed in the accident, and Emma suffered near fatal injuries. Severely knocking her head, she had bleeding on her brain, a fracture to her occipital bone at the base of her skull, a compound fracture to her left ankle and life threatening abdominal injuries which required surgical attention. Her spine was shattered and spinal cord damaged, leaving her as a paraplegic.

Seven months after her accident, Emma found the strength to get back on her horse, but this time as a Para-equestrian. Learning about her options, she immediately refocussed on her goal of riding for Australia and set her sights on being selected for the Rio 2016 Australian Paralympic Team.

While she admits that riding can be more challenging since her accident, she says the rush from moving as one with her horse is even better than before.

Emma made her international debut in 2014 at the CPEID3* in Hartpury, UK where she brought home two fifth and a sixth place. She competed against numerous Paralympic medallists and after gaining the highest scores of all Australian athletes, she became a reserve rider for the World Equestrian Games in France.

An equine enthusiast through and through, Emma says if she ever came down to her last $10, she would buy a bag of carrots for her horses.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Equestrian Disciplines: Dressage - Individual championship Classification: Grade II
  • Sport: Equestrian Disciplines: Dressage - Team championship Classification: Grad II