Training & Competition
Initially riding for therapy at age four, Genevieve began riding under the tutelage of Megan McQueeney at the California-based Ride-On, a USEF Paraequestrian Center of Excellence.
Currently training with Annie Sweet in Utah, Genevieve has developed into an accomplished rider with her sights set on representing The U.S. at the 2024 Paralympics.
Officially classified nationally at age 9, Genevieve is a Grade IV rider and has been the youngest U.S. classified paraequestrian for four years. She is focused and passionate about being a competitive para equestrian. When she begins showing at her first CPEDI in 2022, she will become the youngest globally classified para dressage competitor.
At 12 years old, Genevieve earned both two spots on the USEF Para Emerging Athletes list and also earned blue ribbons at the 2020 Para Dressage Championships, her first national event. Working with Button Baker, Genevieve earned scores up to 69% from international judges at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, on Penny Neault's mare, Viessa (Cross Creek Farms).
2018 was her first season in rated shows. The only para rider and two to five years younger than all her competitors, she trained on one horse in Utah and competed on another in California. She qualified for the California Junior Championships, CDS Regionals and USDF Regionals at Training level, placing 5th and 6th overall in each competition and earning a CDS Top Ten placement.
U.S. Equestrian Federation - Athlete Bio
The goal of Para-Dressage is to display the gracefulness, balance, and attentiveness of the horse. In Para-Dressage, the rider tells the horse to perform precise movements founded on three basic gaits—walk, trot, and cantor—using very subtle signals in a show ring. The horse and rider are then judged on how well they can complete these movements and how easily they can transition from one movement to the next. There are three dressage events; in the first, the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special, the elements that the horse and rider have to complete as well as the path they have to take around the show ring—the figures—are outlined in a set order by the judges. In freestyle, the rider and horse decide the order of the elements and their path to best showcase their abilities. In this event, their movements and figures are choreographed to instrumental music. Para-Dressage first became part of the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, GA. At the Paralympics, riders can compete individually or as a team.