WA Legally Blind Horse Rider



Snohomish, Washington (KOMO) A Washington teen is making a name for herself in the world of dressage — the difficult equestrian sport of precise riding.

Ali Steenis is known just as much for her accomplishments as she is for her handicap.

The 17–year–old is legally blind, but that hasn't stopped her from taking on able–bodied riders and qualifying in a state "4H" competition in September.

But she almost didn't make the cut. While competing, music spooked her horse and a headset she was using to help navigate the area failed.

Ali Steenis says: "I can see that there are ribbons, I wouldn't be able to read them."

Cyndie Steenis adds, "I think people can't even begin to understand how a rider rides blind."

Ali says, "just the feeling that it's there and knowing that all the accomplishment is out there. It's kind of a symbol of all that I had to overcome."

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