Scenic Rim rider aspires to reach Paralympics

BIG FUTURE: Local girl Chelsea Gatti dreams of representing Australia at the Paralympics. Photo: Tom Bushnell.
BIG FUTURE: Local girl Chelsea Gatti dreams of representing Australia at the Paralympics. Photo: Tom Bushnell.

“Dreams and dedication are a beautiful combination.”

That’s the mantra of local dressage specialist Chelsea Gatti who was a standout performer on local day at this year’s Beaudesert Show.

Miss Gatti rode her way to first in the local maiden hack and novice hack, and second in the open hack.

It was her first agricultural show riding horse Sir Akers Crikey but it didn’t stop the indomitable teenager who is used to conquering adversity after having her right leg amputated at just 17 months old.

“I don’t know what it’s like to have two legs, so it’s just normal for me,” she said.

“I love getting on my horse, it gives me freedom.

“You have control of your horse and you can choose your own path.”

Miss Gatti said she developed confidence and self-belief through learning to ride from the age of two-years-old before beginning pony club at seven-years-old and entering competitions at the age of ten.

This determined Scenic Rim talent now aspires to reach the 2024 Paralympics and currently trains six or seven days per week to hone her skills and make that ambition a reality.

“Obstacles can be overcome through dreams and dedication,” she said.

“I want to represent Australia to the best of my ability and show that despite your disability, you can do just as good as the able-bodied kids.”