Obsessed with horses from a young age, Emma Booth’s dream of riding one came true when she won a competition run by the TV show The Saddle Club to win a pony and riding lessons.

Her raw talent was clear early on and in 2011 she accepted a job in Germany riding and training horses for international dressage rider Holger Schulze.

Emma’s equestrian ambitions were put on hold in 2013 when she was involved in a near-fatal car accident causing paraplegia. Other injuries included a basilar skull fracture, compound fracture of her left ankle, bleeding on the brain and abdominal trauma.

Seven months later, Emma found the strength to return to riding. Learning of her options as a Para-equestrian, she set her sights on selection for the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team.

She made her international debut in 2014 at the CPEID3* in Hartpury, UK, placing in the top 10 in …

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Date of birth
8 June 1991
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Car accident
Langwarrin South, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Heroes/role models

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


  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Individual championship Classification: Grade II
  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Team championship Classification: Grad II

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