Birthdate

Sport(s)

Para equestrian

Hometown

Aldergrove, BC

Classification

Lauren Barwick is one of Canada’s most decorated equestrian athletes. She hopes to add to her list of achievements at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo aboard Sandrino. 

A four-time Paralympian, the highlight of her career was earning gold in the freestyle and silver in the individual events at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Born in Langley, B.C., she was raised in Aldergrove and has been riding horses since she was seven years old. She moved quickly through the ranks of Pony Club and began to compete in both eventing and show jumping. She was also a professional stuntwoman in the film industry, specializing in horsemanship.

But her world changed when she was injured in a ranch accident in 2000. A 75 kg haystack fell on her as she worked in the barn. It was just one month after her brother died.

Barwick pursued other sports after her accident but eventually returned to riding horses in Para dressage. 

Barwick is also one of the most versatile athletes in the sport. She also competes in Para reining and captured team gold at the 2017 World Para-Reining International Championships, the same year her daughter, Viola, was born.

She also excels as a horse trainer and is a four-star professional instructor.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Barwick’s career highlight is the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where she won individual gold and silver medals. She was also on the 2004, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games teams…. Inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2015… 2014 Equine Canada Athlete of the Year… May 2014 ranked number-one in the world by the International Equestrian Federation

PERSONAL

Prior to becoming a Para dressage athlete, Barwick was a professional stuntwoman in the film industry, specializing in horsemanship… In 2011, she guest starred as a former rodeo star on the Canadian television show, Heartland… Mother of one daughter Viola… 

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2016 Paralympic Games – Grade II Freestyle – 6th

2016 Paralympic Games – Grade II Individual – 7th

2016 Paralympic Games – Grade II Team – 13th

2014 FEI World Equestrian Games – Grade II Freestyle – Silver

2014 FEI World Equestrian Games – Grade II Individual – Bronze

2014 FEI World Equestrian Games – Grade II Team – 2nd

2012 London Paralympic Games – Grade II Freestyle – 6th

2012 London Paralympic Games – Grade II Individual – 8th

2010 FEI World Equestrian Games – Grade II Freestyle Test – 4th

2010 FEI World Equestrian Games – Grade II Team Test – 4th

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Grade II Freestyle - Gold

2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Grade II Individual – Silver

2004 Athens Paralympic Games – Grade II Individual – 7th

2004 Athens Paralympic Games – Grade II Freestyle – 6th
 

Year Type
Host City
Medals
2020 Summer
Tokyo, Japan
2016 Summer
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Summer
London, England
2008 Summer
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Beijing, China
1 gold medals

1 gold medals

1 silver medals

1 silver medals

2004 Summer
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Athens, Greece