Hello my name is Tasha. I was injured my senior year in high school. This was almost 13 years ago now. I spent most of my last year in high school in the hospital and I missed out on most of what was suppose to be one of the greatest years of our lives. I was injured in a car accident and was also told I was lucky to be alive. I broke two vertebrae in my back and twisted my spinal cord. I am paralyzed from my waist down. Although it was hard I did not let this get me down. I have strived to be the best role model in the community I can be. I have struggled to show people just because I am in a chair, I am no different then anyone else. I took a couple of years to learn to be self-sufficient and also to get a medical degree in health care administration. I rekindled my love for horses. Now a new drive is to prove to everyone that no matter what your dream or your life struggles, you can do anything you put your mind to. Just because I have a disability does not mean that I have to just sit at home and just exist. I show my miniature mare named Nickel, but she will soon retire and I will start to show her daughter. I also have hopes of one day showing an Arabian horse when I have the opportunity of finding the right horse. I have been though many problems but financial issues have been my hardest. I have been able to show my horses due to donated things from my community then they have been able to. I have done the best that I can but never in my wildest dreams would I be able to afford a van. They are very expensive. I would love to have something I could rely on to take me farther then I have been able to get with the horses. My dreams are to one day make it to bigger horse shows but with the transportation I have now this will never happen. I appreciate that some places are willing to open this world for us sometimes and help someone in order to get the more expensive things. Thank you for this opportunity to tell my story.