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Athlete

Robin Brueckmann

Born: January 4, 1958
Hometown: Summerfield, North Carolina

Brueckmann at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)
Brueckmann at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (Photo by Shannon Brinkman)

Robin Brueckmann acquired reflex sympathetic dystrophy in her right leg as a result of a fall on ice, and subsequently developed paralysis. This has affected her riding in that she must ride without stirrups. In 2011, she underwent a below-knee amputation to combat the RSD.

Brueckmann has been a lifelong rider, concentrating on dressage since 1979. She has earned her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Bronze, Silver and Gold rider medals, celebrating achievement at every level of dressage.

Brueckmann has trained her own horses all along her path, including two grand prix horses, Bordeaux and Richmond, upon whom she competed at two World Championships (2003 and 2007) and the Belgian Open in 2006. Brueckmann also earned two Gold medals and one Bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships in Denmark aboard Flower Power.

Brueckmann competed in the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000 with a sixth-place team finish. She was an alternate for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, and represented the U.S. at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Hong Kong. Her mount for the 2008 Paralympic Games was Radetzky, a 2001 Trakehner gelding that she had trained since 2006.

In 2010 at the USEF Selection Trial/National Championship for the U.S. Para-Equestrian Team for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Brueckmann took home third-place-overall honors with Raison D'Etre.

Brueckmann spent most of 2011 placing high in multiple levels of dressage, making her way back to Para-Equestrian events at the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships where she placed fourth in the Para-Equestrian Grade IV Team class on Radetzky. The pair also placed fifth in the Para-Equestrian Grade IV Freestyle before finishing off the competition with their best placing, a third, in the Para-Equestrian Grade IV Individual Championship.

Brueckmann took Radetzky to Florida for her first competition of 2012, showing in the 2012 Wellington Classic Sunshine Challenge and World Dressage Masters 4* in Palm Beach. The pair would finish third in the Para-Equestrian Grade IV Individual Test and fifth in the Freestyle for a good start to the year.

Brueckmann and Radetzky would then travel to Gladstone, NJ for the 2012 USEF National Para-Equestrian Championships and Paralympic Selection Trials in June for their second Para-Equestrian event of the year, placing third in their grade and 12th in the National Championship.

When not riding Brueckmann is also an active judge.

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