Equest Rider Case Study: Jonathan

Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy - spastic diplegia

Tenure at Equest: Jonathan started in hippotherapy and sports riding when he was six-years-old. Over the course of 12 years at Equest, Jonathan grew into a competitive sports rider with a goal of representing the United States as a Para-Equestrian athlete. Jonathan left Equest to train full-time with Kai Handt of North Texas Equestrian Center in Wylie, Texas. Jonathan achieved his goal when he represented the US at the 2012 Para-Olympic Games in London. Jonathan received the best dressage score of any US rider (able-bodied or disabled) in both the Olympic and Para-Olympic games. Jonathan passed away from an undiagnosed heart condition in the fall of 2012, but he has left a legacy and lasting inspiration for future athlestes of all abilities. 

Jonathan's case study appeared in Equest's 2012-13 Annual Report

CJ Bankhead