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Sue-Ellen’s Story

Sue Ellen and her Guide Dog Prada

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.

Sue Ellen walking with her Guide Dog Prada and her horse

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 $35,000 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.