Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Loss of movement & strength left side of body
How acquired
Bone cancer
Date of Birth
October 31, 1978
Donnybrook, WA
Horse riding coach and Horse Feed Sales Rep
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008


Walt Disney and dressage rider Isabel Worth

Career Highlights

4th in Beijing and two bronze at 2010 World Championships

Greatest Moment

Winning two bronze medals at World Equestrian Games


Having come within a whisker of a Paralympic medal, Sharon Jarvis wants to make it to the podium in Rio in 2016.

One of the most experienced and skilful equestrian exponents in the country, the multiple national champion has left no stone unturned in her quest for Paralympic success.

After first riding in 1993 in able-bodied events, it wasn’t until 2006 that she competed in her first event for athletes with a disability. Sharon first tasted international competition in 2007 when she represented Australia at the FEI World Para Dressage Championships in England, placing sixth and eighth.

A year later, she narrowly missed out on a medal in Beijing, at the 2008 Paralympic Games placing fourth. However having only been with her horse since the start of 2008, she was amazed with gaining such close results against experienced rider/horse combinations.

Sharon showed the world what she was capable of at the 2010 World Equestrian Games when she won bronze medals in both the individual test and freestyle test events. She was rewarded for her stellar form by being named 2010 Equimac Rider of the Year, an accolade she was ecstatic to receive. The awards did not end there and she went on to be named 2011 Equestrian Athlete of the Year.

She did not compete at the London 2012 Paralympics as she didn’t have a suitable horse but instead focused her attentions on her 2016 Rio campaign.

Sharon has limited strength and movement on her left side from the waist down as a result of bone cancer which she contracted at the age of seven. She was originally given only a 20 per cent chance of survival but defied the odds and went into remission a year after her chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

A year after that she fractured the leg that had the tumour which led to a series of complications. She underwent traction, splints, calipers and had the leg rebroken an pinned. It was an agonising six years until she was given the all clear to ride a horse again.

Inspired by her father who passed away in 2009, Sharon is excited about what the future holds and hopes to further her career in both disability and able-bodied equestrian.

Sports & Disciplines

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