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Wendy Fryke

Wendy  Fryke

Equestrian Wendy Fryke only started riding as an adult. She rode first in the hunter and jumper rings, then in horse trials, which led to her interest in dressage, a Paralympic event since 1996.

Riding her mare Katanga, Wendy participated in the 2009 US Equestrian Federation’s Para-Equestrian Dressage national championships and secured an invitation to the World Equestrian Games selection trials. In 2010, riding her Westphalian pony stallion, Lateran, Wendy won her three classes at the Dressage Affaire at CPEDI 3*, the internationally recognized para-equestrian competition. The pair went on to ride at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, KY.

In 2011 she rode for the US team once more at the CPEDI 3* at the NEDA Fall Classic and helped secure the team gold medal. That year, Lateran and Wendy were also Grade III Para-Equestrian national champions. In early 2012, Fryke and Lateran traveled to the Houston, Texas, CPEDI 3* to secure their final qualifying scores for the Paralympic trials in June 2012.

In addition to riding in para-equestrian classes, Wendy and Lateran also compete in national United States Dressage Federation able-bodied classes.

Fryke credits Lateran as a perfect partner, telling MEDAL QUEST he "blesses my life every day." In order to compete, Fryke, who has cerebral palsy that affects her right side, uses magnetic stirrup irons that keep her feet in place. She also has a custom-built saddle that helps her balance and work with Lateran’s powerful movements, and special split reins for his double bridle.

A published poet and photographer, Fryke lives with her husband and four dogs, and has two daughters in college. Her mare Katanga is being leased to a therapeutic riding center in Woodinville, WA. She talks to all of her animals and often calls her horse "Stud Muffin."

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