Katie Umback first started competing in equestrian as a five-year-old in pony club, having grown up watching her dad break and train pacers. Dressage followed soon after and she was heavily involved in eventing for several years until breaking one of the vertebrae in her neck on a cross-country course at 18.

From then on, Katie’s focus was on dressage and agricultural shows, showing horses professionally at a national level. Around this time she was also breaking, re-educating and training horses, and teaching people to ride.

When Katie was 32 she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told that she would lose the ability to walk and would never ride again.

Following years of chemotherapy and several rounds of autoimmune medication, she decided to start riding horses again, but having lost around 70% of feeling in her body, it took months of riding at a walk to find her balance …

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Date of birth
20 August 1973
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Multiple sclerosis
How acquired
Bega, NSW
Audio engineer and DJ
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Being selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Producing quality show horses

Heroes/role models

Her partner and Tristan Tucker


  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Individual championship Classification: III
  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Team championship Classification: III

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