Lauren Barwick

Lauren Barwick

Lauren Barwick started riding horses at the age of seven. She moved quickly through the ranks of Pony Club and competed in both eventing and show jumping. Barwick dreamed of becoming a professional stunt person specializing in horsemanship. 

But her life took an unpredictable turn in 2000, when a bale of hay from an unstable stack fell on top of her. The incident broke her back, and paralyzed her from the waist down. One year after the accident, Barwick shifted her dreams away from stunt riding, and focused on Para-Equestrian sport with the help of Coach Sandra Verda. 

Since delving into Para-Dressage, Barwick has pursued international competition with outstanding success, winning gold and silver medals at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Along with her horse, Maile, Barwick has helped propel the sport of Para-Dressage into the spotlight.

This season, Barwick rode and competed in both Colorado and Florida to prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She has also been training horses and is a Senior Protégé and mentor in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship’s Mastery Program. Barwick also participates in able-bodied competitions. 

This past year, Barwick achieved her 4-star instructor rating. Notable awards she has won include the 2004 George Jacobson Equine Canada award and the inaugural 2010 Equine Canada President’s Award.

Aside from her competitive pursuits, Barwick gives motivational speeches on the pursuit of excellence, being innovative to succeed, setting goals, teamwork, and overcoming adversity.

Barwick is featured in the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s Super Athletes campaign and has been given the nickname “The Centaur.”

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2008 Beijing ParalympicsEquestrian - DressageIndividual Freestyle - Mixedgold
2008 Beijing ParalympicsEquestrian - DressageIndividual Championship - Mixedsilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Championship - Mixed 6
2012 London Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Freestyle - Mixed 7
2012 London Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Team - Mixed 8
2008 Beijing Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Championship - Mixed 2
2008 Beijing Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Freestyle - Mixed 1
2008 Beijing Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Team - Mixed 7
2004 Athens Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Championship - Mixed 7
2004 Athens Paralympics Equestrian - Dressage Individual Freestyle - Mixed 6