Tamsin Mbatsha-Bouwer


Tamsin Mbatsha-Bouwer does not allow her Cerebral Palsy to interfere with her goals in life. Although told that she would never walk, she defied all odds by starting her riding career at the age of 5, and walking shortly thereafter. In her early lessons, she was treated no differently to any of the other riders, and used to compete successfully against able-bodied riders in the lower levels of show jumping. However, her big break and foray into dressage came in 2014 when her talent was spotted by her current instructor during a clinic she attended. In her first dressage show, she came second in the Individual Team test and three months later won her first FEI CPEDI Championship, which she repeated the following year. Her talent did not go unnoticed, and she was asked to represent South Africa in the World Equestrian Games in 2014, although complications did not allow her at the time to accept. She now aims to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

 “Long term I would like to not only be able to compete at prestigious events such as the Olympics but WIN them. My purpose is greater than just winning though; I want to give hope to others, so that they too can realize that even though life may sometimes deal you a difficult hand, with passion, determination and effort you can still achieve.”

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There are so many stories and things I’d like to share with you like the struggles Kate, Shani and I had endured changing trains on arrival or when Shani and I found ourselves walking to our apartment late at night because the campsite closed earlier than we arrived. Even that

On the 3 of April was my first competition on Verdi. It was a practice run for my first international Paralympic qualifier the following week. The show went a thousand times better than I expected. The first test, Team Test, went a little slow since I didn’t know how much

Ten days a go, I got on a plane, I was off on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of being able to go to Belgium and train with Philippa Johnson-Dwyer and her coach, Chris Haazen. With the aim of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Upon arrival, I was given Verdi
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I’ve just been working on my hands and position, even when I do things completely wrong, dear Queen just stays the good old pony she is.

On the 5th of December, so just about two weeks a go I did a demo-ride at Fourways Riding Center on one of there shool ponies, Bibi, due to Queen being in horse sickness at the time. I rode my favourite test, Individual Championship Test. This ride was just for

So this past month I attended my first SA Champs on my new pony Waterside Queen of the Nile “Queen” that I was so kindly leased by Waterside Stud, also in my new riding clothes that I got given by Riders Saddlery. Before SA Champs I only had Queen for