A student-athlete at Brown University shows that cerebral palsy doesn’t have to keep you from your goals. A new documentary about Lauren Reischer, a rider, will share her story according to 27east.com.
Reischer recently competed at the Hampton Classic for the first time in the regular adult equitation division. When she’s not on a horse, she uses crutches to get around her disability. She credits riding with helping her manage her condition.
Good riding requires people to separate their legs and keep their feet flat and heels pushed downward for balance. Cerebral palsy makes this quite difficult because the brain has trouble recognizing the legs independently with this condition.
This is her fourth time competing at the Hampton Classic. In 2016, she won champion in the LIHSSRD division. However, she did not want to compete again until she felt confident she could compete in the regular division.
When Reischer shared her story on the university’s Snapchat account, the communications department approached her with the idea of a documentary about her experiences as a disabled student-athlete.
“I really just wanted to show both how normal my life is, and how special having horses makes it,” she said. “It’s a balance. Despite my CP, my life as a student-athlete is just like any other student-athlete. I go to practice, I work hard on different drills and exercises, I fulfill my team obligations.”
The film will interview her family and coaches and highlight the work of GallopNYC, a therapeutic riding company that trained Reischer for competition.