2000 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Hird
|Born||25 February 1971
Hird was born in Kew, Victoria. She was a jockey until 1993 when she fell from her horse during a race. Hird broke her neck in three places  and was advised that she was an incomplete quadriplegic. However, after nine months Hird learned to walk again and began riding horses as a form of therapy.
After being encouraged to compete in dressage, Hird won bronze at the World Championships in Aarhus Denmark. She went on to win bronze in the Mixed Dressage - Freestyle grade III event at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney. Hird also represented Australia at the 2004 Paralympics where she just missed out on a medal. At the 2006 Pacific Rim Championships, held in Vancouver, Hird won three silver medals. She credits some of her success to Manolo Mendez, who gave her guidance.
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- "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
- "Marita Hird". The Australian Equestrian Federation - South Australian Branch. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- "The Current Equestrian Paralympic Preparation Squad". Riding For the Disabled Association Australia. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
- "Marita Hird". Dubbo Eventing & Showjumping Association. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
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