Born into a family of Australian Stock Horse breeders, it comes as no surprise that Lisa Martin has carved out a successful career as an international dressage competitor and coach.

Raised in Scone, the horse capital of Australia, she competed in eventing, polocrosse, showjumping and dressage, guided by world-renowned trainers Heath and Rozzie Ryan.

However, when Lisa was 28 she was involved in a horse riding accident which split her fibula. A fall six weeks later caused even further damage to her leg and doctors were unsure it could be saved.

Fortunately, two years and 20 operations later, Lisa learned to walk again, but as a result of having her ankle fused, she has less than 15 per cent movement in her ankle joint.

Eventually Lisa returned to able-bodied competition and at the 2007 Hartpury Open she was offered the opportunity to be classified as a Grade IV Para-equestrian rider.…

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Date of birth
23 May 1972
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Fused ankle
How acquired
Horse riding accident
Scone, NSW
Dressage trainer and instructor
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Heroes/role models

Heath and Rozzie Ryan


  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Individual Championship Classification: Grade IV
  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Team Championship Classification: Grade IV
  • Sport: Para-equestrian Discipline: Dressage - Freestyle Classification: Grade IV

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