#RockToRio with Lauren Billys, Equestrian Eventer

#RockToRio with Lauren Billys, Equestrian Eventer

Do you remember the first time you rode a horse?   It was a day I relived for years.  I was visiting my mom’s friend, Pam Hubbard, and she let me ride on of her daughter’s horses.  I had been practicing for weeks on a horse made of chairs and blankets in my living room.   What kind of horses do you ride in your sport? Who is your favorite four-legged riding companion/why?   I ride mostly warmblood horses which are bred with the stamina to gallop long distances, the athleticism to jump large fences and the movement to be competitive in dressage.  The types of horses I ride typically are the trip-athlete of horses. I have been blessed to ride so many wonderful horses, but at the moment, Castle Larchfield Purdy is my top horse and he is truly a gift to have at the barn.  He is an integral part of my dream and has help it become a reality.  I am his biggest fan! How/when did your career begin?   I have ridden since I was eight years old, and attended my first recognized event when I was 13 years old.  I spend many years on at the lower levels and competed in my first international competition at the age of 21. What is “eventing”?   Three-day eventing is the triathlon of equestrian.  It is comprised of three disciplines of riding which stems from the test that the calvary would take to prepare for battle.  The first is dressage where we memorize a test, wear a top hat and tails, and are judged on our the...
Testimonial from Amanda Ross – individual competitor at the 3 Day Event at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

Testimonial from Amanda Ross – individual competitor at the 3 Day Event at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

“For me, every little opportunity counts.  It’s about always being an unrestricted participant, never missing a chance, finding new ways to do something better, and living life to the fullest.  RockTape isn’t going to make me taller, lose 5kg’s, or turn me into an Olympic triathlete… However, using RockTape has given me back my upper body strength by helping rehab my tennis elbows, corrected my posture on a horse so I ride more effectively, and allows me to help my horses by correcting their gait when I can’t explain it to them in English!  RockTape is easy, non-invasive, and proven… It’s all about the things that help me stay in the...
#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

Tell us about yourself. I’m a Paralympic cyclist. I raced mountain bikes when I was younger, before having a limb-lengthening surgery go awry and left me with muscle atrophy, bone-on-bone at the ankle, low ankle flexion, low bone density, knee pain, hip pain, foot pain, scarring, and my legs are still off about an inch or so in length. Tell us about your first experience riding a bike. I was six when I first got on a bike, riding to and from school with my dad. Rides turned into longer rides along the Coastal Trail in Alaska, discovering Kincaid Park, purchasing my first mountain bike, joining the Arctic Bicycle Club, and dreaming of becoming a professional mountain bike racer as I zipped through the trails of Kincaid Park on Tuesday nights at the age of nine. How did you qualify for the Paralympic Games? I qualified for the Paralympic Games at the Paralympic Trials, July 2nd, with a time trial. My time put me on the ranking list high enough to punch my ticket to Rio. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio? In May of 2015, I got hit by a car. A man ran a red light and I didn’t see him coming because a car blocked my peripheral view. Thankfully though, the car that blocked my view also caused the driver that ran the red light to step on the brakes and hit me at a decreased speed. Unfortunately for me though, I ended up with a concussion, sprained sternoclavicular joint, shoulder pain and twisted vertebrae in my neck. As a result,...
An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

“This is my son Charlie, he has a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) and has been in hospital for much of his life. One of the things that has always upset me as his mum was ugly medical tape all over his face. Not only does it look bad, but it smells and he’s now allergic to most of it as it has broken down his skin. And then we discovered RockTape – and we use it for everything. Charlie wears RockTape on a daily basis and it doesn’t cause him any irritation. RockTape has provided us a huge amount of relief, Charlie’s face has healed, and the tape colours always make his medical situation much happier. Charlie’s condition involves major comp   lications with his lung arteries; he will likely never be able to use RockTape for its actual purpose – even though he now has good life expectancy, he’s probably never going to be an athlete. Regardless we remain your biggest fans.” Mel – Charlie’s...

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