Marita Hird

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Marita Hird
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2000 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Hird
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 25 February 1971
Kew, Victoria

Marita Hird (born 25 February 1971)[1] is a Paralympic equestrian competitor from Australia. She won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the Mixed Dressage - Freestyle grade III event.[2]

Action shot of Hird, shown on her horse O.P. Fleur, at the 2000 Summer Paralympics


Hird was born in Kew, Victoria.[1] She was a jockey until 1993 when she fell from her horse during a race.[3] Hird broke her neck in three places [4] and was advised that she was an incomplete quadriplegic.[3] However, after nine months Hird learned to walk again and began riding horses as a form of therapy.[3]

Sporting career[edit]

After being encouraged to compete in dressage, Hird won bronze at the World Championships in Aarhus Denmark.[5] She went on to win bronze in the Mixed Dressage - Freestyle grade III event at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney.[1] Hird also represented Australia at the 2004 Paralympics where she just missed out on a medal.[3] At the 2006 Pacific Rim Championships, held in Vancouver, Hird won three silver medals.[3][5] She credits some of her success to Manolo Mendez, who gave her guidance.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  2. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Marita Hird". The Australian Equestrian Federation - South Australian Branch. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Current Equestrian Paralympic Preparation Squad". Riding For the Disabled Association Australia. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Marita Hird". Dubbo Eventing & Showjumping Association. Retrieved 11 October 2015.