Inspirational Sue-Ellen is ranked in the top 10% of equestrian riders in Australia. But unlike her peers, she has achieved this with only 2% vision; a result of living with the degenerative eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Partnered with her first Guide Dog Donna in 1981, Sue-Ellen credits Donna and her five successive Guide Dogs, including her current dog Prada, with giving her an amazing life of independence.
Among her many accomplishments, Sue-Ellen has represented Australia in equestrian competitions at both the Atlanta and Sydney Paralympic Games. She even was a member of the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee executive board, and has raised over $3.1 million for various charities.
Whether riding at home on her property in the Central-West, or competing in the arena, Sue-Ellen, her horse and her Guide Dog make a formidable team. While Prada was initially wary of Sue-Ellen’s horse Cascador, they now work together in perfect harmony, with Prada ready to be Sue-Ellen’s ‘eyes on the ground’ whenever she leaves the saddle.
It takes two years and over $50,000 to breed, raise and train a single Guide Dog like Prada. Donate today – you can help more people like Sue-Ellen enjoy the freedom and life-changing experiences that a Guide Dog provides.