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Getting Back on the Horse--Competing Again After Accident

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Linda Garwood and Stephanie Wilkerson
Stephanie Wilkerson of Davidson County truly knows what it means to get back on the horse after a setback. Though she’s only been competing in equestrian with Special Olympics for two years, Wilkerson is no stranger to the sport. For about nine years, Wilkerson took private lessons until one day her horse was spooked during a practice. The next thing Wilkerson knew she was on the ground with a compound fracture in her right arm. After five surgeries, Wilkerson was nervous about riding again, though she was still passionate about horses. While she healed, Special Olympics Davidson County started offering equestrian as a Special Olympics sport. Linda Garwood and her daughter, Lynn, began coaching equestrian and grew the program each year. When Wilkerson heard about the Special Olympics program, she visited the Garwood farm to learn more about the program.

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