Hillarys horse rider heading to Abu Dhabi for Special Olympics World Games

Jordan Hill (24) and horse Dexter has qualified to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE next March. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Jordan Hill (24) and horse Dexter has qualified to compete in the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE next March. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

HILLARYS resident Jordan Hill (24) has been riding horses since he was eight and next year will fulfil a dream of representing Australia.

Mr Hill is one of four riders from across the country selected to take part in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

“I really love horses,” he said.

“It was my nicest dream when I got a letter from the Special Olympics which said ‘you made the team’.”

He is training four days a week at the Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre and Riding for the Disabled Carine to prepare for the trail, dressage and English equitation events.

His coach M’Liss Henry, who has run the Mt Claremont centre for 48 years, said Mr Hill showed plenty of enthusiasm and had changed from being “a little bit hesitant” to improving his balance and rhythm and learning about horses.

Jordan Hill rides Dexter.

Mr Hill has represented WA and his clubs in national events, and Ms Henry said regular trotting exercises were helping him get used to competition so he would not feel afraid in the world games.

Earlier this year he won gold at the Special Olympics Games in South Australia, and was chosen to help the Police Commissioner light the cauldron in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the opening of the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games in October.

Jordan’s mother Maria Scurria said that as a result of complications when he was born premature at about 32 weeks, he had an intellectual global development delay as well as a verbal and motor dyspraxia disorder.

Jordan Hill with Dexter.

“When Jordan was around eight years old his therapist suggested that he may benefit from horse riding to assist with his core strength and confidence developing,” she said.

“From that day Jordan embraced horses and the riding.

“Jordan commenced riding at Riding for the Disabled in Carine where he still regularly rides along with numerous lessons at Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre.

“His coaches continually highlight his enthusiasm and willingness to assist the centres, horses and other riders alike.”

Mr Hill, who volunteers at the Carine centre once a week as well, said riding horses was fun and good exercise.

Jordan Hill (24) and horse Dexter with coach M’Liss Henry.