Bar­bara Min­neci,

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a Bel­gian Para Grade III rider, was an en­thu­si­as­tic rider in her teenage days. She took up rid­ing again as a re­hab mea­sure af­ter can­cer treat­ment in 2005, which left her with mono­ple­gia and mus­cle loss, forc­ing her to ride sidesad­dle. With her charm­ing Ir­ish Cob mare, Bar­illa, Min­neci com­peted twice at the Par­a­lympics and came in fifth in the 2012 Lon­don Games. Her new ride, the Olden­burg geld­ing Stu­art, has risen in only his se­cond sea­son to win and place highly at in­ter­na­tional shows in 2018 on their way to the 2018 World Eques­trian Games in Tryon, North Carolina.

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