Beatrice De LaValette

Para-Dressage Athlete

A lifelong horse-lover, Beatrice has been riding and showing horses the majority of her life, but that passion was put to the ultimate test in 2016 when a suicide bomber detonated an explosion just a few feet away from her at the Brussels’ Zaventem International Airport.

With burns covering 35% of her body and severe internal injuries, Beatrice was red-tagged by emergency responders, but she fought the entire duration of her recovery, and despite the amputation of both her legs below the knee, she fought for her chance to ride again. With the aid of prosthetics for both of her legs, Beatrice was able to saddle up and continue with her competitive goals. Now a Grade II Para-Dressage athlete, Beatrice recently completed her first season competing at the CPEDI 3* level and has her sights set on competing at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics.

“Since receiving the BEMER Horse-Set, my horses have been having a session every morning before work. The difference has been really amazing. They are more supple, more relaxed, but more importantly, more ready to work in a shorter period of time. They clearly enjoy their BEMER moment every day!”

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About the Sport

The primary focus of para-equestrian sport is to provide educational and competitive opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities. Many disabled athletes compete, and even excel, in sports designed for the able-bodied, but para-equestrian in particular opens a world of competition to riders and drivers with even severe disabilities that might preclude them from other forms of sport, and does so while providing a structured, focused, and highly competitive environment.

In para-equestrian competition, each rider or driver is classified according to his or her functional ability and competitors are grouped accordingly to ensure a level playing field. Competitions can include dressage and driving. While it offers competitive opportunities for athletes of every level and aspiration, para-equestrian sport has evolved into an internationally-recognized event and para-dressage is held as part of the World Equestrian Games and at the Paralympics which take place every four years immediately following the Olympic Games and at the same venue.

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